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1888 Pictorial Baseball Album
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,525
The Pictorial Baseball Album , published in 1888 by Mussey & Harper (Chicago, IL), is highly prized by collectors today both for its remarkable content and extreme rarity. The sixty-four-page soft-cover booklet (5 x 6.75 inches) features woodcut illustrations of nearly all of the top players and figures in the game, many with accompanying biographies, including Henry Chadwick, Albert Spalding, George and Harry Wright, Charles Comiskey, Cap Anson, John Ward, Mickey Welch, Buck Ewing, James O'Rourke, Roger Conner, Mike Kelly, John Clarkson, Charles Radbourn, Dan Brouthers, A. J. Reach, and Chris Von Der Ahe. Also included are team woodcuts of the 1869 Red Stockings and 1887 Detroit Wolverines, and a brief history of baseball, titled "Old Base Ball." Additional information includes the complete schedules of both the National League and American Association for 1888 and box scores for each game of the 1886 and 1887 World Series. This is one of the rarest of all nineteenth-century baseball guides. We can only recall having seen three other examples of this book, including one in the famed Copeland auction in 1990. Incredibly, the offered piece originates from a noncollector who is also the consignor of a number of Old Judge Cabinet cards (including three Hall of Famers) featured in this auction. The book displays moderate paper loss along the spine, but both covers remain firmly attached. The covers are lightly toned and there are a few areas of light staining on each. The pages are generally clean and bright. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $3,525
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