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Lot # 962 (of 1411)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1860s to circa 1880 Baseball Tintype Collection (3)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,160.00

Collection of three baseball tintypes dating from the mid to late nineteenth century. As is almost always the case with these scarce early photographs printed on black-painted thin sheet iron, the players pictured are not identified. They are still very highly regarded by collectors as they represent some of the earliest photographic images of baseball in America, and present detailed studies of uniforms and equipment from the dawn of baseball's explosion in popularity. One of the offered tintypes features only a single player, while the remaining two picture two and four individuals, respectively. As is common for all tintypes, each of the examples here was taken in an indoor studio setting. The first (circa late 1860s) pictures two ballplayers posing together, each with a bat in hand. The second (circa 1870s) depicts an individual player in full uniform leaning on a bat. The final tintype (circa 1880) captures a group of four players (two seated, two standing) posing together, and includes a bat and catcher's gear displayed in the foreground. Each measures approximately 2.5 x 3.75 inches. All are superb examples with exceptional contrast and detail. Two of the tintypes are presented with their original paper mats (one still encased, the other present but detached). Each has very minor imperfections that are typical of examples of this early form of photography, including clipped corners (as made) and a few very minor scratches and/or abrasions. These are very high grade for tintypes. Overall in Very Good to Excellent condition. Total 3 tintypes. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,160.00


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