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Circa 1862 Abner Doubleday CDV (Mathew Brady)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,057.50
Carte-de-visite photograph of Civil War general Abner Doubleday taken in 1862 by noted photographer Mathew Brady. The formal studio pose captures Doubleday in full military attire as he stands with arms crossed. Doubleday's name and photographer's copyright notice ("Entered according to the act of Congress in the year 1862 by M. B. Brady, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Columbia") are boldly printed in blue in the lower margin of the mount. Printed on the reverse is "Brady, Washinton." This is a particularly rare and outstanding Doubleday CDV, one of only two examples that we have ever seen with Doubleday identified on the mount, a design element which makes this card especially ideal for display. Doubleday is credited with firing the first shot at Fort Sumter during the Civil War, and also saw action in Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. In 1907 the Mills Commission named him the inventor of baseball. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the myth still persists to this day. While most scholars agree that Doubleday did not invent the game of baseball, his name is still very much a part of baseball lore, especially in its connection to the Hall of Fame. Interestingly, when Doubleday passed away in 1893, his obituary described him as a man "who did not care for outdoor sports." With flawless contrast. The mounted photograph has a tiny tear in the bottom right (no paper loss), a few hints of light discoloration in the background of no consequence, and overall is in exceptional Excellent condition; the CDV mount is crisp and clean, may have a slight trim along the top, and does have a slight clip to each of the top two corners which has no impact on its exceptional display value. This is a very rare Doubleday CDV, and, with its identification of Doubleday on the mount, is a particularly ideal example for display in a baseball collection. 2.5 x 4 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,057.50
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