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Extraordinary Circa 1910 Baseball Real-Photo Postcard Collection (125)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,770.00

Offered is collection of 125 circa 1910 real-photo postcards, each of which displays a baseball image on the front. Included are images of kids playing ball, amateur and semipro ballplayers, long-forgotten teams, and rare game-in-progess action shots. Real-photo postcards are highly prized by collectors today because of their unique nature. They generally differ from mass-produced commercial postcards in that they were often produced in very small quantities as a special service by local photography studios. People would take a snapshot and instead of developing it on photo paper, they would produce the image directly on a postcard. This was an inexpensive and novel way to write to a friend or relative far away while at the same time providing a picture of oneself (or a family member). Among the various photos included in this collection are those of women ballplayers (4), children in uniform (15), individual players (49), two or three players (18), teams (14) and action shots (12). The remaining images are comprised of various baseball-related subjects and include a few commercially produced halftone cards as well. One of the most interesting of the miscellaneous cards captures game action between the "Thin vs. Thick," an annual town game played between teams made up of very lean and very heavy men. Another features pitcher "Miss Maude Nelson with Olson's Cherokee Indian Ball Team, Watervliet, Mich."; she was the most important leader of women's baseball for forty years. Real-photo postcards were quite the craze during the first half of the twentieth century and, as an art form and as a window into the past, they remain very popular today with a wide range of collectors. This is an extraordinary collection of these rare early baseball postcards. There is no set value on real-photo postcards, and collectors value individual examples based on many criteria. This is a very carefully assembled collection, put together one card at a time over a period of decades by an extremely advanced collector with an eye for quality. Whatever criteria one uses, there are likely to be many highlights in this fascinating and unique collection. Approximately half of the postcards have some form of written notations on the reverse (whether mailed or not) and the collection as a whole grades Vg-Ex (ranging from Vg to Ex with few exceptions). Nearly all of the condition flaws are relegated to the border areas of the postcards. The central images remain free of any major defects and project an Excellent appearance or better. This is an extremely attractive and substantial offering of these classic baseball collectibles. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,770.00


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