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Nineteenth-Century Baseball Memorabilia Collection (14)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $4,113
This diverse collection of rare and early baseball memorabilia, all of which dates to the late 1800s, is comprised of programs, stereograph cards, and cigar labels. Programs (2): 1) 1884 Cincinnati (vs. Columbus) American Association program. The cover features a portrait illustration of Cincinnati pitcher Will White above an attractive floral display. The preprinted lineups include McPhee, Reilly, White, and Mansell for Cincinnati, and Kemmler, Carroll, Smith, and Richmond for Columbus. Neatly scored in pencil to record a 10-9 Columbus victory. Research indicates that the only Cincinnati 10-9 home loss to Columbus in 1884 occurred on May 1st, which was opening day. 3.75 x 6 inches. Vg, with separation along the spine and minor surface paper loss on the front cover. 2) 1885 Brooklyn (vs. Pittsburgh) American Association program. The cover features a portrait illustration of Brooklyn third baseman William McClellan above an attractive floral display. The preprinted lineups include Phillips, McClellan, Pinkney, and Cassidy for Brooklyn, and Whitney, Smith, Eden, and Mann for Pittsburgh. Neatly scored in pencil to record a 5-4 Pittsburgh victory. The date, June 4, 1885, is also written in pencil on the interior. Research indicates that the only Brooklyn 5-4 home loss to Pittsburgh in 1885 occurred on the recorded date. 3.75 x 6 inches. Vg-Ex. Stereograph Cards (4): 1) Game-in-progress scene. No title, publisher, or date listed. A handwritten pencil notation on the reverse reads "Baseball c. 1875 Springfield." 7 x 4 inches. Ex. 2) Pine Tree B.B.C - Fall Team of '77. (as noted by the handwritten ink notation along the front base). Published by W. C. Tuttle of Belfast, Maine. 7 x 4 inches. Ex, with some light staining on the reverse. 3) Base Ball Day, in Central Park, New York. Published by E. & H. T. Anthony & Co., New York. Circa 1860s, of special note as one of the earliest commercially produced baseball photographs. 6.75 x 3.25 inches. Vg. 4) Ball Grounds, in Central Park, New York. Published by the Union View Company of Rochester, New York. No date, circa 1870s. Vg. Cigar Labels (8): 1) "First Inning," interior label. Witsch & Schmitt of New York. 6.5 x 4.25 inches. Vg, with moderate edge tears. 2) "Off The Bat," interior label. Geo. S. Harris & Sons of Philadelphia. 6.75 x 4.5 inches. Ex. 3) "Base Hit," exterior label. Schumacher & Ettlinger of New York. Salesman's sample. 4.25 x 4.25 inches. Ex. 4) "Fair Ball," exterior label. Geo. S. Harris & Sons of Philadelphia. Salesman's sample. 4.25 x 4.25 inches. Vg-Ex with two small corner tears. 5) "Diamond King," exterior label. Geo. S. Harris & Sons of Philadelphia. Salesman's sample. 4.25 x 4.25 inches. Ex. 6) "Home Strike," exterior label. Schumacher & Ettlinger of New York. Salesman's sample. 4.25 x 4.25 inches. Vg. 7 & 8) Two unsual label proof sheets on very thin paper stock. One features four label designs (9.5 x 5.5 inches); the other features eleven label designs (9 x 17.5 inches), including "Off The Bat." Produced by Geo. S. Harris & Sons of Philadelphia. Vg. There are several especially interesting and great rarities among these cigar labels, including several we have not seen before. This is a fascinating group of very early baseball items. Total: 14 items (2 programs, 4 stereograph cards, and 8 cigar labels). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.
SOLD FOR $4,113
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