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1914 Richter's Base Ball Book Signed
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,725.00
This 1914 Richter's History and Records of Base Ball is signed and inscribed by Richter, to Boston Braves President Herman Nickerson. "The Richter Book," as it is most commonly referred to by advanced collectors, is one of the few key historical baseball volumes that is widely regarded as essential for any great baseball library. Published by Frances C. Richter, founder and editor of The Sporting Life, Richter's book chronicles the rich history of the game, from its origins to the present (1914) in its 306 pages, both in words and with dozens of pages of photographs. The first flyleaf page of this copy is beautifully inscribed in ink as follows, "To Herman Nickerson, my dear young friend, and co-laborer in Base Ball, is presented this book with the compliments of Frances Richter, March 6, 1914." It is interesting to note that 1914 came to be the year of the "Miracle Braves." A small 1914 newspaper clipping is taped beneath the inscription, for identification purposes, referring to Herman Nickerson as "the man in charge" of the Boston Club. The Richter book is often found with serious condition problems. The uneven, somewhat less than ideal quality paper intentionally used is particularly prone to damage. It is extremely rare to find this very condition sensitive book in such high grade, especially due to the unusual production values which make the book, including the interior pages, so susceptible to damage. The offered copy is in Excellent to Mint condition, with tight binding, and no splitting along the spine. The book is housed in a beautifully designed custom-made folding solander case. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA.Reserve $300. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,725.00
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