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Nineteenth-Century Baseball Photo Collection (3)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $823
This collection of three nineteenth-century baseball photos is comprised of three different very high quality, unusual, and interesting examples: a tintype and two carte-de-vistas (CDVs). All of the images here speak for themselves, with no other information offered save for the photographer's credits on the two CDVs. 1) Circa 1879 Baseball Team CDV (Clyde, New York photographer's credit). The formal studio photo captures eleven team members posing together in uniform, with period bats, balls, and a catcher's mask clearly visible. Based upon the fact that all of the players are dressed uniformly in what appears to be high-quality garments suggests that this club was well financed and probably a top amateur or minor-league club. At a glance, based on photographic style and mount, we would have dated this CDV earlier than the 1880s, but since the face mask was not invented until 1877, was first patented in 1878, and sales did not start to take off until 1879, this team CDV can be dated to 1879 at the earliest, and may date from several years later. Exceptional clarity. The photographer's credit "C. S. Cooper/Photographer/Clyde, N.Y." appears on the reverse. It is very likely that the team heralds from Clyde, New York, or a very close neighboring town. 4 x 2.5 inches. One very small area of surface paper loss on the reverse, otherwise EX-MT. 2) Circa 1870s tintype picturing two seated ballplayers in uniform posting with two fashionable young women. Both players are wearing "bib-front" jerseys, one of which appears to be lettered "PMD" (the outline of those letters can be seen on the other player's jersey, but the actual letters have been removed). 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Ex. 3) Circa 1880 CDV of a small child holding a bat. The photo, which is taken in a formal studio setting, presents with exceptional clarity, and is somewhat amusing in that the bat is so large compared to the youngster (as was the style of the day). Tremendous background detail, obviously from a well-to-do family. The pencil notation "Willie/son of Emma" is written on the reverse. Also featured on the reverse is the photographer's credit: "Lane's Temple of Art/Alabama St./Atlanta Georgia." 2.5 x 4 inches. Ex-Mt. Total: 3 photos. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $823
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