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Circa 1870s Henry Chadwick Brooklyn Eagle Scrapbook
Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $4,025.00
The 88 pages, plus the interior covers, of this small hardcover scrapbook (measuring 5 x 7.75 inches) assembled by Henry Chadwick, are devoted exclusively to the coverage of baseball from the early 1860s through the 1890s. The pages are packed with clippings from The Brooklyn Eagle and a variety of other publications, including articles, game accounts, box scores, and advertisements, with an emphasis on Brooklyn. On the cover is an affixed label signed Henry Chadwick ("8") in ink. Chadwick has also signed the interior cover Henry Chadwick ("7") and added Grove Street following his name. Chadwick has added very short notations in his hand throughout. This book must have had a special meaning to Chadwick, for he presented this volume as a gift to his daughter, Helen. Chadwick has inscribed the inside cover in blue pencil as follows: "Dearest Helen, as a token of my love and affection for my darling daughter, I give you this old scrapbook of mine from The Eagle from many years past. I have given most of them away to Mr. Spalding but I wanted you to have this one, Your loving father, 'Old Henry'" The inscription is dated "February 19, 1908." Chadwick died just two months later, on April 20, 1908. The inscription is neat and perfectly legible, grading "7/8" on a scale of "1 to 10." Chadwick's obituary was added to the scrapbook above the inscription by the Chadwick family. An extraordinary scrapbook, assembled by Henry Chadwick, with two full signatures, and a very significant inscription to his daughter, including reference to the gift of his baseball library to Al Spalding. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Very Good condition. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $2,500/$5,000. SOLD FOR $4,025.00
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