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1890s Baseball Game Cutout Sheets (7)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,610.00
Collection of seven colorful baseball game cutout sheets (composed of either newsprint or cardboard stock) that allow for the construction of individual freestanding players and a diamond upon which to display them and play an indoor baseball game. These type of games, featuring generic ballplayers in period garb were extremely popular in 1896, and were issued as special one-day advertising premiums by a variety of local newspapers. Despite the popularity of these attractive games, their intended use, method of issue, and their extremely fragile nature has resulted in the survival of very few examples. Offered is a diverse and extraordinary collection of cutout games, assembled one game at a time over a period of many years, most of which remain in their original unassembled state. 1) 1896 "Will Our Boys Win," art supplement to the April 19, 1896 edition of The Boston Sunday Globe. Produced by Donaldson Bros. The game includes the diamond, the grandstand and twelve of the original fifteen figures. Both the grandstand and figures have been cut out. Vg. 2) 1896 "Will Our Boys Win," art supplement to the April 19, 1896 edition of the St. Louis Star. Produced by Donaldson Bros. This piece is identical to the preceding item with the only difference being that this game remains in its original, unassembled sheet. 10 x 15 inches. Gd. 3) 1896 "Will Our Boys Win," art supplement to the April 19, 1896 edition of The Boston Sunday Globe. Produced by Donaldson Bros. This uncut sheet represents one half of the issued game and includes the fifteen player figures and grand stand. The playing field is missing. 10 x 7.5 inches. Vg. 4)1896 baseball game produced and copyrighted in 1896 by the Forbes Lith. Co. of Boston & N.Y. The board features a field, grandstand and twelve player figures. Both the board and figures have been cut out. Gd-Vg. 5) 1896 art supplement to the May 17, 1896 edition of The Journal, New York. The uncut sheet features twenty-four player figures, a diamond, grandstand and game spinner. The Journal advertising appears along the "fence" of the stadium. 15 x 10 inches. Ex. 6) Circa 1896 unidentified newspaper supplement. The uncut sheet features a diamond, ten player figures and a game spinner. 10.5 x 14.5 inches. Vg. 7) Circa 1896 cardboard sheet titled "The National Game." The uncut sheet features fourteen player figures and a grandstand. 11.5 x 8 inches. Ex. This is a tremendous collection (by far the largest we have ever seen) of these rare and elaborately illustrated nineteenth-century games which are so ideal for display. Total: 7 games. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,610.00
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