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1889 "The Champion Game of Baseball" Box Top
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $411.25
The Champion Game of Baseball, produced in 1889, is an extremely rare early baseball game, and has always been highly prized by collectors for its cover with its attractive label featuring large full-color portrait illustrations of Hall of Famers Dan Brouthers and John Clarkson. It is one of only several baseball games dating from the nineteenth century which feature actual likenesses of ballplayers, let alone of such prominent stars. The label identifies Brouthers as “Champion Batter of the World” and Clarkson as “Champion Pitcher of the World.” We believe no more than five or six examples of this significant rarity exist. Presented is the box top only, as opposed to the entire game. The dimensions (7.5 x 3.75 inches) and high-quality color lithography of the label give the box top the presence of a card, and make it particularly ideal for display. The directions for playing the game are printed on the reverse. The box top has a few surface wrinkles, a few stray blue pencil marks on the reverse, and a little general wear. These minor condition flaws do not detract from the Excellent overall appearance of the cover label, which in fact is in better shape than the labels of at least a couple of the few full box examples known. Ideal for display and a rare (possibly unique) opportunity to acquire the primary graphic component of one of the most classic of all nineteenth-century baseball games. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $411.25
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