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Rare 1887 Spalding Celluloid Baseball Scorer
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $696.00
Rare hand held celluloid scorer designed to record balls and strikes, dating from the 1887 season. The year of manufacture for the offered scorer can be precisely dated to 1887 due to its unique design. The device, which was primarily used by umpires to keep track of the "count" on the batter, records up to five balls and four strikes (as opposed to a maximum count of four balls and three strikes as one would normally expect to find on such a scorer). Research indicates that only in 1887 did five balls constitute a walk and four strikes a strikeout. The scorer (3 x 1.5 x .25 inches) was manufactured by Spalding and bears the company's name and logo on the reverse. Two separate patent dates (1878 and 1886) appear on the front. While we cannot state for certain how many of these "one-year" scorers have survived the ages, they are rare and very unusual. An identical example is displayed in Cooperstown in the collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The scorer is in working order with moderate wear from age and normal use. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$400. SOLD FOR $696.00
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