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Circa 1865 Abner Doubleday CDV
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $406.00
This circa 1865 carte-de-visite photograph captures Civil War general Abner Doubleday in a formal studio pose. Doubleday is pictured in full military attire, with his hat sitting on the table next to him. As noted by the proprietary stamp on the reverse, this CDV was published by E. & H. T. Anthony of New York from a photographic negative in Matthew Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Doubleday is credited with firing the first shot at Fort Sumter during the Civil War, and also saw action in Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. In 1907 the Mills Commission named him the inventor of baseball. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the myth still persists to this day. While most scholars agree that Doubleday did not invent the game of baseball, his name is still very much a part of baseball lore, especially in its connection to the Hall of Fame. When Doubleday passed away in 1893, his obituary described him as a man "who did not care for outdoor sports." The words "Doubleday" and "Baseball" are neatly written in pencil on the reverse. The surface displays minor spotting that appears to be inherent to the photograph and there are two light stains on the reverse (one may be the outline of a removed tax stamp; the light stains on the reverse do not affect the advertising text but are mentioned for the sake of accuracy), otherwise in Excellent condition overall. 2.5 x 4 inches. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$400. SOLD FOR $406.00
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