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Vintage Baseball Memorabilia Collection (3)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,058
This collection of three interesting and very high quality vintage display pieces is comprised of a classic nineteenth-century baseball board game and two rare souvenirs dating from the early 1900s. 1) 1888 "Game of Baseball." The box cover features a generic baseball image as well as the playing directions. Manufactured by J. H. Singer, New York. Complete with the original game board and spinner. 5.25 x 5.25 inches. In Very Good condition, with a pencil notation on the bottom of the box. 2) Circa 1920s Honus Wagner H&B Souvenir Mini Bat. This rare mini bat, measuring fourteen inches in length, features the facsimile signature of "J Hans Wagner" boldly stamped on the barrel. The center brand features the familiar Hillerich & Bradsby trademark logo and the number "125." The notations "Trade Mark" and "Reg U.S. Pat Off" are stamped, respectively, above and below Wagner's facsimile signature. This is the first example of this Honus Wagner mini bat we have ever seen. While we believe it dates to the 1920s, its exact date of manufacture is uncertain. The original string lanyard remains attached to the handle. In Very Good condition, with light wear and surface marks, a tiny one-inch crack just below the center brand, and a few small paint smudges at the base of the handle. 3) Circa 1937 Baseball Punch Board. This large punch board is cleverly designed in the shape of a ballplayer at bat and while the image is generic in nature, one cannot help but notice that the features bear a resemblance to Babe Ruth, and this is probably intentional. Each of the eight National and American League teams are listed, respectively, along the left and right borders as are the corresponding prize amounts associated with each team. Each punch cost a patron five cents, with prizes ranging from fifteen cents to seventy-five cents. One lucky winner was also eligible for a punch in the store's jackpot board, where the top prize is listed as fifteen dollars. The original punch remains sealed along the reverse. Also displayed on the reverse, by means of tape, is the manufacturer's original specifications for the game, which notes that the storeowner could expect to make an average profit of $18.05 per board. This is one of the most attractive baseball punch boards ever produced and we cannot recall ever having seen another example. The punch board has never been used and is in Excellent condition. Dimensions: approximately 7 x 13.5 x 1 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $1,058
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