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Nineteenth-Century Generic Baseball Display Collection (6)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,972.00
Fascinating collection of six high-quality nineteenth-century baseball items including three boxed games, each with very striking full-color covers, ideal for display: 1) "Base Ball" game (7 x 7 x 1 inches) copyrighted and published by J.H. Singer, New York (a few pencil marks to cover, interior spinner board is Ex with exceptional graphics, four wooden game pieces included, overall Vg); 2) "Game of Base Ball" (5 x 5 x 1 inches) copyrighted and published by J.H. Singer, New York (Vg-Ex/Ex); 3) "National League Ball Game" (5.5 x 4.5 x 1 inches) copyrighted by Yankee Novelty Company (Vg-Ex/Ex); 4) 1888 A33 Duke "The Terrors of America" tobacco premium album featuring all 50 images from Duke's card set of the same name, featuring American youngsters playing various games including baseball. The cover of the album features "The Pitcher" (very clean, tiny imperfections allow cover to grade only Vg-Ex, looks nicer, interior pages Ex-Mt). 5) "The Boston Sunday Globe" art supplement issued on April 19, 1896 features a baseball stadium and players which are intended to be cut out to play a game of baseball ("Be sure to see page 32 for full directions"). The figures are reminiscent of N301 Mayo diecuts. Printed on thin cardboard stock and copyrighted by Donaldson Brothers, N.Y. Complete supplement in original uncut form. Excellent condition. 6) 1887 "Our National Game" scrapbook with ornate gilded baseball-theme hardcover. We are used to seeing this album with four baseball color plates. We have never before seen this rare version, with a color-plate title identifying the book as "The Illustrated Sporting Scrap Album," featuring five different sporting scenes (including baseball), and with five additional interior color-plate pages featuring these scenes. The blank interior pages provided for mounting cards have been filled with hundreds of embossed diecut scrapbook cards (picturing flowers, kids, animals, etc.). The interior color-plate pages are overall Vg-Ex. The cover is separating from the spine, and is otherwise in approximately Excellent condition. Total six very high quality ninteenth-century generic baseball items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,972.00
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