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1907 Early Children's Game Linen Display
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $696.00
This colorful linen display (18 x 27 inches), produced in 1907 by the Saalfield Pub. Company of Akron, Ohio, features a striking image of a batter in a blue Cleveland uniform with a catcher crouched behind him. Large red letters along the top read "Base Ball Party," with "Play Ball!" along the bottom. Above and below the red lettering are eighteen baseballs (nine on top and nine on bottom) numbered 1 thru 18 in blue. This rare display was very likely the primary portion of a children's game designed to be played in a manner similar to "pin the tail on the donkey." We have seen a couple of these over the years and collectors have usually identified the batter in the illustration as representing Cleveland's great slugger Nap Lajoie, though we are confident the illustration is generic. The other examples we have seen have had the baseballs with numbers along the top and bottom trimmed away. This example is complete including the 1907 copyright date and manufacturer's name in the lower right corner. Extremely striking and ideal for display. The sheet has three vertical and five horizontal fold lines along with some minor creases, otherwise in Excellent condition. Dimensions: 18 x 27 inches. Beautifully matted and framed to total dimensions of 28 x 37 inches. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $696.00
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