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1884 "League Parlor Base Ball Game"
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,392.00
One of the rarest and most attractive of all nineteenth-century baseball games, the "League Parlor Base Ball Game" is distinguished by the stunning colorful lithography on the top of its wooden playing surface. The game board, which sits on four wooden legs, features a beautiful game-in-progress scene. Included within the artwork are all nine fielders, team benches, equipment, a batter and the umpire. Of special note is the fact that the umpire has an umbrella, and the first and third basemen are in position for the existing fair-foul rule in effect at this time. A wooden-bead scoring mechanism is attached along each end. The applied lithography displays general wear, including a few minor tears along the borders and some very light rippling. Manufactured by Bliss, the board includes all of the wooden game pegs but not the dice. Very Good to Excellent condition overall. 10.5 x 15 x 2 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,392.00
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