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Nineteenth-Century Baseball Game Collection (3)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,185
Collection of three nineteenth-century baseball games, each displaying a highly attractive full-color cover. 1) 1892 Base Ball Game issued by McLoughlin Bros. The cover features an image of a catcher wearing both a mask and chest protector, while the bottom of the interior box displays an illustrated playing diamond complete with fielders, umpire, and benches. An accompanying spinner dictates the action. Also included is one small wooden peg. The box (7.25 x 7.25 x.75 inches) displays moderate-to-heavy wear, including a few small tears on the lid as well as interior glue repair to the cover flaps. Minor water staining is also evident. Someone has kept score in pencil on the interior lid and the bottom of the box displays a name written in blue ink (most likely the name of a former owner). Gd-Vg. 2) 1896 Base Ball Board Game issued by J. H. Singer. The cover graphics depict a game-in-progress scene, an inset of a generic ballplayer, and the rules of the game. The game board displays an illustrated playing diamond complete with fielders, base runners, and bench. An accompanying hexagonal spinner dictates the game action, while four wooden pegs serve to mark the advance of the "base runners." The box (7.5 x 7.5 x .75 inches) displays moderate-to-heavy wear, including light water staining and tears to the lid flaps (no separation). A number of light pencil notations appear on the bottom of the box. Gd-Vg. 3) 1884 Base Ball - A Professional & Social Game of Cards (no manufacturer listed). The cover pictures a generic ballplayer in a batting pose. This is a card game, with all of the action dictated by the instructions on a drawn card. Included here are the original direction sheet, sixteen wooden "checkers" (nine red and seven black), thirty-eight game cards (out of an original forty-nine), and a small, paper "quality assurance" insert. In other examples we have seen the game board was comprised of a paper overlay located on the bottom of the box. On the offered game, the bottom of the box displays an advertisement for play money. It's possible that this particular version of the game included an actual game board which has since been lost. Despite the lack of a manufacturer or copyright notice, the game can be accurately dated by the fact that the game cards list six balls as a walk. 1884 was the only year in which six balls constituted a walk. The box (5 x 6 x 1 inches) displays a small tear to the paper label on the cover as well as a few small tears to the side flaps (no separation). One of the game cards is badly torn, the remainder are Ex-Mt. Vg-Ex. Despite the technical flaws to all three games, each displays exceptionally well and is ideal for display. Total: 3 games. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,185
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