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1888 Waghter's Parlor Base Ball Game
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $3,190.00
This extremely rare and attractive tabletop game is one of the earliest baseball "pinball" type games ever produced. It is also a very substantial nineteenth-century baseball display piece. The colorful game board, which is a paper application on wood, features a baseball diamond design with illustrations of the respective fielders at each position. Lettered along the top, in an arching fashion, is "Waghter's Parlor Base Ball." The rules of the game are affixed along the reverse. The game is designed to begin with the insertion of the ball into the shooter. From there it is propelled onto the game board. The ball then proceeds to navigate its course through a maze of metal pins. A series of holes scattered about the board are meant to "catch" the ball, with each hole determining a specific outcome (fly out, error, 2-base hit, etc.). A home run is signified by the ball hitting the bell at the bottom. The game board displays normal wear commensurate with its age and former use including both light soiling and minor staining. The original ball is not included. This is an extremely rare game which we have never before offered and have previously seen only as an illustration in Mark Cooper's landmark book Baseball Games: Home Versions of the National Pastime, 1860s-1960s (Schiffer Book for Collectors, 1995). Wood, metal and paper construction. Dimensions: 11.5 x 23.5 x 1.25 inches. Reserve $300. Estimate $600/$1,200. SOLD FOR $3,190.00
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