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Circa 1900 to 1920s Baseball Scorer Collection (12)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,276.00
Rare and varied collection of twelve turn-of-the-century baseball scorers. The majority of the scorers presented here are promotional in nature and were originally distributed by merchants and businesses as a novel form of advertisement. The offered scorers, which allow a fan (or umpire) to keep track of the score, innings, outs, etc., are designed in a variety of shapes, including in the form of baseballs and gloves. Because of their extremely fragile nature, these scorers are scarce today and collections as large as this are rarely assembled. 1-2) Two circular celluloid scorers with advertising on front ("Faultless" and "CW&F," respectively) and both picturing the same "game-in-progress" design on the reverse. Each has a leather buckled strap and features advertising on the reverse. Each 1.75 inches in diameter. Ex-Mt. 3-4) Two thin celluloid scorers, each in the shape of a baseball glove. One, distributed by the Utah Fuel Company, advertises for Castle Gate Coal (Ex-Mt), and the other was issued by the Jos. A. Magnus & Co. in promotion of Murray Hill Club Whiskey (Vg). Each 2.5 x 3 inches. 5) Circular pressed cardboard scorer issued by The Boy's World, a weekly paper for boys based in Elgin, Illinois. Diameter: 2.5 inches. Ex-Mt. 6-8) Three similarly designed rectangular scorers. Two are constructed of celluloid, the third of cardboard. The cardboard scorer advertises for Minick's Ice Cream. The two celluloid examples advertise for The Chicago Tribune and Wilbert & Peiphry Funeral Directors, respectively. The Wilber & Peiphry scorer also advertises for the San Antonio Ball Club. Dimensions: each 3.75 x 2 inches. The Chicago Tribune scorer is in Excellent condition. The other two are in Very Good condition overall. 9-10) Two umpire-style celluloid scorers (3 x 1.25 x .25 inches). One (bearing no manufacturer's markings) records balls, strikes and outs, while the other, manufactured by Reach (logo on back) records only balls and strikes. 11-12) Two generic, rectangular scorers. One is a celluloid scorer (3 x 1.5 inches) manufactured by Spalding (Ex), and the other is constructed of cardboard (2 x 3.25 inches, no manufacturer listed, Vg). Also included with the scorers is a celluloid Cincinnati Reds team schedule booklet for the 1900 season. The front of the four-page booklet features portrait photos of the team. The reverse has advertising for The Cincinnati Enquirer. The interior features the team's schedule. 2 x 3 inches. Wear to portraits. Fr-Gd. Total: 13 items (12 scorers and Reds celluloid schedule booklet). Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,276.00
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