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1920 Baker Company Baker's Ball Game for Men and Boys
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,320.00
Made by the W. J. Baker Company, Newport, Kentucky, in 1920, the "Baker Game" is one of the premier tabletop action games ever produced. This baseball tabletop action game is designed to allow the pitcher to throw the ball in the air to the batter, who can then attempt to hit it. Behind the batter is a catcher with a metal basket to receive the balls missed by the batter after his swing. The mechanism on the metal pitcher and batter works perfectly. Three metal base runners are included. Areas of the field are divided into sections labeled "Home Run" or "1-Base Hit" or "Left Fielder Out" on the interior of the fence. When a ball is hit, this labeling determines the result of the hit. The interior of the walls are decorated with Cincinnati players. This is very likely due to the proximity of Kentucky (where the game was manufactured) to Cincinnati, and very likely also due to the Reds having won the 1919 World Series over the "Black Sox." The game has some minor imperfections including scattered surface wear, and the metal trim on one of the side walls has detached at the top (this can easily be fixed), but overall this impressive rarity has survived in surprisingly fine condition. This is not a game which typically survives in any condition. This is the first example of the "Baker Game" we have ever handled. Overall approximately Excellent condition with all original pieces. Dimensions: 27 x 27 inches. The height of the surrounding fence is five inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,320.00
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