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1860s Mutual BBC Baseball Token
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $696.00
Presented is one of the most intriguing early baseball items we have ever seen. Its significance is not known with certainty, but our best guess is that this coin is some type of gambling token relating to the placing of wagers on the Mutual Base Ball Club in the 1860s. The Mutuals were a gambler's team, controlled by "Boss" Tweed, of Tammany Hall infamy. Gambling went hand in hand on a daily basis with this corrupt team in the early days of organized baseball. This coin almost certainly relates to the placing of bets on games, which even in the 1860s, though recognized as a significant problem, was a very big part of the game and conducted in the open. The silver-colored coin is a U.S. large cent (the penny style minted from 1839 to 1857) which has been silver-plated and elaborately decorated with a design featuring crossed-bats, two balls, and letters reading "Mutual B. B. C." The initials "A. A. H." appear in script less prominently above the crossed bats, and a decorative pattern along the edge completes the design. Diameter: 1.125 inches. Excellent. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$400. SOLD FOR $696.00
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