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1939 Baseball Centennial Wooden Cane/Seat
Starting Bid - $100.00 , Sold For - $2,115.00
The highlight of the year-long 1939 Baseball Centennial was the dedication of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, on June 12th. Over 11,000 fans descended upon the sleepy village of Cooperstown on that day. Many different Cooperstown Hall of Fame items were produced relating to that special day. Presented is one of the rarest and most unusual. In order to accommodate those people who might have trouble standing for the hours-long celebration, special wooden canes were sold that were designed so that they could also be converted into a makeshift seat (we are told the term used to describe such a contraption is a shooting stick). Offered here is one of those rare surviving pieces from that historic day. It is the first example we have ever seen. The seat portion of the piece features a painted crossed bats and ball motif and is lettered "1839-1939 - Base Ball Centennial - Cooperstown N.Y." The piece displays heavy wear, including the loss of one of the rubber covers to the right leg, and is in Very Good condition. The name and address of the former owner, is written on the reverse black ink. This is both an unusual and rare souvenir dating from the historic grand opening of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Height (as a cane): 30.5 inches. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$300. SOLD FOR $2,115.00
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