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1867-1868 The Ball Player's Chronicle Complete Run (Two Bound Volumes)

Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $4,060.00

Presented is an extremely rare complete run of The Ball Player's Chronicle (the name was changed to The American Chronicle of Sports and Pastimes in 1868), the first-ever weekly periodical devoted exclusively to the sport of baseball. The Ball Player's Chronicle was edited by Henry Chadwick, "The Father of Baseball." The set consists of sixty-one issues. The paper is self-described as "A Weekly Journal Devoted to the Interests of the American Game of Base Ball and Kindred Sports of the Field." The papers (most eight to twelve pages each) have been beautifully bound together in modern green buckram in two volumes. The first volume consists of thirty issues (June 6, 1867 through December 26, 1867) and the second volume houses thirty-one issues (January 2, 1868 through July 30, 1868). The Ball Player's Chronicle is extremely significant to baseball historians due to the wealth of information provided in its pages about the earliest days of organized baseball, much of it found nowhere else. Included in each issue are easily readable accounts and results of games, profiles of players and teams, editorials, and instruction. Additionally, the papers offer advertisements, directories, and notices. Even single issues of this historically significant periodical appear very infrequently in the market. Complete sets are virtually unknown. The periodical lost ground in 1868, and issues from that year are particularly rare. Only three complete runs are listed as being in American libraries. These sets are housed at The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Yale University, and the Detroit Public Library. To the best of our knowledge, the offered set represents the only complete run in private hands. This set also offers the distinct provenance of having once resided in the famed Barry Halper Collection, where it formed one of the cornerstones of his vast literary archive. The issues (10.25 x 14.75 inches) remain in a remarkable state of preservation given both their age and fragile nature. Light foxing is present on a few pages and a couple of pages have benefited from minor repairs to the upper blank margin. These condition flaws are very minor and in no way detract from the extremely strong overall Excellent condition. Published by Thompson & Pearson, New York. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $4,060.00


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