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1996-2000 Danbury Mint Baseball Chess Set Plus Cards
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,304
The game of chess is often cited as a metaphor for managing a baseball game and here is a chance to put that symbolism to the test with the exclusive collector's edition Baseball Chess Set from The Danbury Mint. Offered only to registered subscribers, this spectacular set features a magnificent handcrafted hardwood board (17 x 17 x 2.25 inches) along with thirty-two individually painted pieces depicting the legends of the American and National Leagues. Perfect for library or den display, Hall of Famers, including Ruth, Williams, Gehrig, Aaron, and Mays, come to life in these intricately detailed, meticulously sculpted solid metal pieces. The set was fully licensed and issued in conjunction with Major League Baseball and The Sporting News. To collect the entire set required considerable patience and dedication to the project. For those determined baseball and chess enthusiasts, two pieces were sent every other month at a cost of $19.95. Collecting the entire set took nearly four years to complete, from April 1996 to January 2000. Although contemporary by collecting standards, the elaborate ordering process, the limited offering, superb quality, and official licensing earmark this set as a potential "Future Classic." Just as a chess set, this set is worth having, and it makes for a great display. The set is accompanied by a set of thirty-two "Baseball Chess Set" cards featuring the Hall of Famers and teams represented, along with a COA and serial number from The Danbury Mint. We find it almost curious that the chess set and accompanying card set are virtually absent from guides and even discussions of modern collectibles. This one is simply not on the radar of collectors. We like this set. Aesthetically stunning and handcrafted with care, this is a beautiful chess set and an exquisite and very overlooked modern production. The set is accompanied by the original 1996 Danbury Mint advertising promotion folder and letter offering the opportunity to subscribe to the set. The set is in Mint condition and remains housed in its original shipping box. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,304
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