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Nineteenth-Century Generic Baseball Items Collection (28)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,972.00
As the popularity of our National Pastime continued to rise before the turn of the century, baseball images and themes began appearing more frequently on many consumer items. Offered here is a diverse collection of late nineteenth-century items featuring generic baseball images. Included are several graphic early twentieth-century items. Books: collection of six books (each hardbound unless otherwise noted), all of which display a beautiful baseball image or scene on the cover. 1) The highlight of the group is an 1884 first edition of Our Base Ball Club and How It Won the Championship by Noah Brooks. This book, published by E. P. Dutton and Company, New York, is believed to be the first novel ever published in which the plot revolves entirely around the sport of baseball. Good to Very Good condition. 2) Schoolboys of Rookesbury (1891, edited by Laurence Francis, Estes and Lauriat, Boston, Gd), 3) Wide Awake (1883, no author, D. Lothrop & Company, Boston, Vg), 4) Little Americans Own Book (no date, no author, Hurst and Company, New York, Gd, repair to spine), 5) Double Dare, The Champion Boy Pitcher (1914, by Raymond Stone, Charles E. Graham & Co., Vg, soft cover), 6) Baseball ABC (1885, McGloughin Bros., New York, Fr-Gd, soft cover) with the alphabet beautifully illustrated with very colorful baseball scenes. The ABC book is a significant rarity and a prize nineteeth-century generic baseball item. This example has condition problems to the front cover, and the back cover is missing, but the interior plates are bright, clean, and in Excellent, condition; and it is still ideal for display. Scorecards: 7-10) set of four complete 1880s generic fold-over scorecards (2.75 x 5 inches each, Ex-Mt); 11-21) collection of eleven scorecard front covers only with colorful generic baseball scenes (most comical) in the style of baseball-theme trade cards of the era, each published by John B. Sage. The reverse of six of the covers features lineups for the Boston Nationals. Five appear to date from 1885/1886, while another appears to date from 1887 and features King Kelly in the lineup. Three of the remaining covers feature lineups for the Bridgeports and the other two are blank. Various sizes (all approximately 4 x 7 inches), Vg overall. Miscellaneous: 22) School issued "Reward of Merit" certificate, circa 1860s, features a color illustration of boys playing baseball (bat resembles a cricket bat), 6.5 x 3 inches, name of student and teacher written in ink. Vg with uneven borders. 23) 1911 art print, titled "Safe," featuring a runner sliding into home. The print is copyrighted "1911 by F. A. Schneider" and notes that the painting is by J. F. Kernan, a top illustrator of the day. 7 x 9.5 inches. Ex. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 12 x 16 inches. 24) 1902 Canadian game (may be just a part of the game) featuring a game-in-progress scene printed on thin cardboard; a second cardboard piece has the rules of baseball (written in French) printed along the reverse. 7.5 x 9.25 inches. Gd-Vg. 25) W. Duke Sons & Co. A33 tobacco album "Terrors of America." 10.5 x 7 inches. Vg, with tape repair along the spine. 26) Circa 1890 Stevengraph Baseball Silk. The small tapestry of woven silk, produced by Stevengraph Works (the preeminent woven silk manufacturers of the era), features a game in progress. This is the graphic silk portion only and does not include the original mat. Vg-Ex. 5.75 x 2.3 inches. Framed to slightly larger dimensions. 27) Small glass perfume bottle in the shape of a baseball bat. The label reads "Tappan's League Bouquet." Length: Six inches. Rare! Ex. 28) 1871 Sporting Goods Receipt. Store Receipt, dated March 11, 1871 from Harwood & Sons - Manufacturers of Superior Regulation Base Balls and Bats. The one-page receipt (8.5 x 8 inches) lists a number of baseball items purchased by a Mr. G. L. Werth and includes baseballs, red stockings and bats. Ex. 29) Circa 1915 baseball board game titled "Baseball and Checkers." Exceptional cover graphics. Manufactured by Milton Bradley. The box (9 x 17 inches) is Vg-Ex; the interior game board is Ex. This is a fascinating collection with many items ideal for display and including many unusual rarities. Total: 28 items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500+. SOLD FOR $1,972.00
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