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Circa 1865 Williams College Team CDV
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $696.00
CDV photograph capturing nine members of the Williams College baseball team, circa 1865. The formal studio shot pictures the team in uniform, with a large "W" prominently displayed on the front of each shield-style jersey. The photographer's credit, "M.L. Buffington - Winslow's Block - Easthampton, Mass.," appears on the reverse. Williams College, a small, private liberal arts college located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is best known to baseball scholars today for its important role in the growth of our National Pastime. On July 1, 1859, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the first intercollegiate baseball game was played between Williams and Amherst. Although Williams was on the wrong side of the 73-32 final score (played, of course, under the rules of the "Massachusetts Game"), they forever cemented their fame in the annals of baseball history. The CDV (4 x 2.5 inches) is technically in Very Good to Excellent condition with a tiny crease along the top border and a couple of very small, extremely light stains. Neither of those minor flaws, however, detracts from the photo's otherwise excellent overall appearance. Accompanying the CDV is another small, slightly trimmed photo on thin paper stock (2.5 x 4 inches, Gd-Vg), dating from approximately the same era, picturing a single Williams player. The player pictured individually does not appear in the team photo. Total: 2 photos. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $696.00
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