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Early Baseball Memorabilia Collection (15 items)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,525
This fascinating and diverse collection of early baseball memorabilia from both sides of the century divide and includes baseball guides, sheet musics, a cigar box, trade cards, and two small miscellaneous pieces. 1) 1867 The Base Ball Player's Book of Reference by Henry Chadwick (J. C. Haney & Co., New York, 1867). Fair condition (top third of front cover missing, the strings which bound the pages are missing, covers and pages held together with clear tape affixed along the entire spine, foxing throughout). Soft cover. 4 x 6 inches. 2) 1872 The Base Ball Player's Book of Reference by Henry Chadwick (Peck & Snyder, New York, 1872). Fair to Good condition (staining on front and back covers, separation along the spine, foxing throughout, minor pencil notations on the interior pages, many dog-eared pages and tiny edge tears. Soft cover. 4.75 x 7 inches. 3) 1874 Chadwick's American Base Ball Manual by Henry Chadwick (George Routledge and Sons, London, 1874). This scarce English hard-bound publication features a colorful baseball game-in-progress illustration on the front cover. Fair to Good condition (near complete separation of the covers from the spine, covering along the spine missing, heavy wear to the cloth boards, including a crease and light staining. Hardcover. 4 x 6.5 inches. 4) 1879 Constitution and Playing Rules of the National Base Ball Association (Louis H. Mann, Massachusetts, 1879). Good condition (staining to the covers, minor edge tears). Soft cover. 4.25 x 6 inches. 5) Circa 1883 Home Run cigar box. The box (7.5 x 4.75 x 2 inches) displays both a colorful exterior and interior label picturing an illustration of a baseball player crossing the plate as the ball is being caught by the catcher. Although the box is in Very Good condition overall, both labels are completely intact and display beautifully as intended (each with an Excellent overall appearance). 6) Circa 1880s baseball figure. Small, metal figural baseball piece (1.75 inches in height). Painted, mounted on a green circular base. Ex. 7-8) Two circa 1880s large-format baseball trade cards (4.25 x 7 inches), both advertising for "Spurlock's No. 5 Bluing." Each card pictures a colorful baseball scene. One features the caption "Oh, What A Snap" (Vg-Ex with pencil notations on the reverse) and the other "A Home Run" (Vg-Ex, with a few minor abrasions and surface paper loss on the reverse). 9) Four-page program (3 x 4.75 inches) for the Third Annual Ball of the Star Base Ball Club held on May 29, 1891, at the Opera House in Gorham, New Hampshire. The real appeal of this piece is the fact that the original owner affixed a small baseball die-cut (Brooklyn) to the front cover. Ex. 10-15) Six baseball sheet musics: 1907 Brother Noah Gave Out Checks For Rain (Gd, retail stamp on cover, separation along spine); 1908 Stars of the National Game (Gd, while the cover displays well, all of the interior pages and covers are held together by a thick layer of brown tape); 1909 Let's Get the Umpire's Goat (Gd, with tape repair along the interior and exterior spine); 1911 Gee! It's a Wonderful Game (Gd, pages and covers separated); 1919 Batterin' 'Babe' 'Look at Him Now' (Vg, vertical fold); and 1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game (from the 1949 film musical of the same name starring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, Ex). Total 15 items. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,525
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