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Lot # 648 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1860s to 1870s Baseball Tintype Collection (7)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $5,510.00

Collection of seven baseball tintypes dating from the 1860s and very early 1870s. As is almost always the case with these scarce early photographs printed on black-painted thin sheet iron, the players pictured are not identified. They are still very highly regarded by collectors as they represent some of the earliest photographic images of baseball in America, and present detailed studies of uniforms and equipment from the dawn of baseball's explosion in popularity. Tintypes often feature more than one player. Only one example in this collection pictures a single player, four picture two players, one pictures three players, and one features four players. This collection presents an interesting variety of poses, uniforms, and equipment which is very representative of baseball tintype photos of the era. Perhaps the most interesting of the group is the one which is presented in an original thermoplastic case, which features two ballplayers posed out-of-doors, with spectators in the field in the background. This is a very unusual image as tintypes are almost always taken in posed indoor studio settings. This example probably dates from the mid 1860s. The group has imperfections typical of tintypes, which include clipped corners (on four of the seven), a few minor scratches, and some minor wrinkling/creasing. Overall in Good condition. Baseball tintypes are rarely found in groups this large. Total 7 tintypes. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $5,510.00


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