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1872 Silver Trophy Ball
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,190.00
Silver-colored trophy ball commemorating a match game held at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Base Ball Grounds on June 22, 1872. While historians might expect to find the name of either the famed Brooklyn Excelsiors or Brooklyn Atlantics engraved upon this ball, this unique relic instead represents the prize fought over by two of New York's prominent merchants: Bawo & Dotter and C. F. A. Hinrichs. Bawo & Dotter was a prominent importer specializing in porcelain (especially Limoges) and C. F. A. Hinrichs was one of the the city's great general retailers. Obviously, the economic competition between the two spilled over to the ball field, where bragging rights where decided not by yearly profit totals, but by runs tallied. After what was surely a spirited game, Bawo & Dotter emerged victorious by a score of 17-9. That fact, along with all of the other pertinent information regarding the match, is dutifully noted upon the ball's engraved surface: "Match Game-Prospect Park B. B. Grounds-June 22nd 1872-Bower & Dotter-32&34 Barclay St.-C. F. A. Hinrichs-29, 31 & 33 Park Place-Score-17-9." (with the "17" appearing below the name Bawo & Dotter and the "9" below the name C. F. A. Hinrichs). The ball (9.5 inches in circumference), which features an engraved "figure-eight" stitch pattern, displays both surface wear and tarnishing, as well as a number of small indentations throughout. Despite the minor flaws, the inscription is clearly legible and the ball remains both a rare, fascinating, and unique baseball display piece dating from the earliest days of our National Pastime. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $3,190.00
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