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1885-1925 Baseball Fans Collection (20)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,610.00
Collection of twenty cardboard fans with baseball themes, with dates of manufacture spanning the years 1885 to 1925. Baseball fans have long been prized by collectors for their exceptional graphics and tremendous display value. Unfortunately, their fragile nature and intended use have also contributed to their scarcity today. Most fans were offered as promotional advertising giveaways to customers. This is an extraordinary collection of twenty baseball fans, most from the 1910 era, many of which are complete with their original wood handles. While a few of the offered fans are very familiar to collectors, this collection also includes many very rare examples with beautiful generic baseball illustrations. The collection can be viewed in its entirety on the REA web site. A brief listing follows: 1) Classic 1913 managers fan displaying portrait photos of all sixteen Major League managers superimposed upon comical body illustrations, with original handle, McCarthy & McCann advertising on reverse, Vg with a repaired tear and a few minor creases; 2) circa 1910 era Piedmont fan with an illustrated face within a baseball design, with original handle, store stamp on front, Vg-Ex with a minor stain and tear; 3) 1887 circular fan featuring a game-in-progress scene, with unique "baseball bat" handle, Star Clothing advertising on reverse, Vg with slight border chips and minor staining. This is an extraordinary rarity we have never seen before. 4) circa 1900 fan bearing a colorful game-in-progress scene, with original handle, Angostura Bitters advertising on reverse. Vg-Ex with minor soiling and edge wear. The fan is accompanied by two period publications bearing this same image on each respective cover. 5-6) two similar style player fans dating from 1910, each features the same sixteen player images including Lajoie, Chase, Doolan, Griffith, Chance, Clarke, Bresnahan, Moriarity, Wallace and Schaeffer. One of the fans is in color with its original handle; the other is in muted tones, missing its handle and featuring a scorecard design in the center. The color fan is in Gd condition with two chips affecting the portraits of Bresnahan and Schaeffer as well as a few tears; the other grades Vg. 7) circular Brown & Bigelow produced fan, circa 1909, dogs playing and watching baseball, McCabe Hatter advertising on front and back, with original handle (repaired w/tape), Gd-Vg; 8) 1885 hexagonal fan featuring a scorecard and two illustrated figures, the preprinted names in the scorecard are fictitious, with original handle, two advertisers on reverse, Gd-Vg; 9) 1907 fan picturing a woman ballplayer, Cook's Ice Cream Parlor ad on reverse, with original handle, Vg with staining; 10-11) two circa 1925 circular fans, each featuring the same illustrated game scene, Glee-Cola advertising on front and back of one, the other displaying no advertising, each without a handle, one Nr-Mt, the other (with advertising) Vg. 12) circa 1925 circular fan with illustrated game scene, no advertising, no handle, Ex-Mt with some very light, unobtrusive staining; 13) 1909 fan featuring a woman wearing a catcher's mask, no handle, Zerwekh's advertising on reverse, Vg; 14) irregular shaped fan, 1909, scorecard and illustrated scene on front, Casey at the Bat printed on reverse along with Coles Trust and Savings Bank ad, no handle, Ex; 15) circa 1910 fan featuring a woman spectator sitting on a fence, illustrated game scene in background, with original handle, Kibbe's Candies advertising on front, local confectionary store ad on reverse, Fr; 16) circa 1910 scalloped shaped fan picturing a woman wearing a catcher's mask, no handle, C. C. Strong Pharmacy ad on reverse, Gd-Vg; 17) 1911 fan with illustrated game scene and preprinted scorecards on front, compliments of The New Holland Clarion, a Lancaster newspaper, with original handle Fr-Gd; 18) circa 1910 fan featuring a young ballplayer in three different poses, advertising for Orcherade on front and reverse, with original handle, Gd with hole in center; 19) circa 1920 irregular shaped fan picturing an illustration of a young boy at bat, no handle, J. F. Galley Funeral Home advertising on reverse, Vg-Ex with foxing; 20) circa 1920 irregular shaped fan picturing a young boy and his grandmother with comical text below, no handle, no advertising, Ex. The entire collection can be viewed on the internet. Total 20 fans. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $2,610.00
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