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1887 Prang Baseball Lithograph and Exhibition Photograph
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $5,220.00
Classic full-color detailed game-in-progress lithographic print from the very well known lithographer Louis A. Prang captures a batsman running to first base. Adrian "Cap" Anson can be seen, legs crossed, sitting on the bench. This is an exceptional example of the best known of all nineteenth-century baseball display prints. An extremely faint notation in the foreground appears upon close inspection to read "White Sox;" however, it is barely noticeable and does not detract in the least from its otherwise Near Mint appearance. Included with the print is a circa 1890s original photograph picturing the Prang display at one of the highly promoted exhibitions of the era, with an example of the baseball print easily seen hanging on the wall. Pencil notations on reverse of the mount read "L. P & C: Exposition and Mechanics Fair, Prang display." This photo is a very significant and unique accompaniment to the baseball print, illustrating the manner in which Louis Prang & Company introduced its artistry to the public. The photograph is in Excellent condition. The photograph measures 4.5 x 6.5 inches on an 8 x 10-inch mount. The print measures 22 x 16 inches, and is beautifully matted and framed to total dimensions of 29.5 x 23 inches. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $5,220.00
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