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1867-1871 Henry Chadwick Baseball Manual Rarities Collection (3)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,962.50

As the game of baseball evolved and gave rise to professionalism, the spirit of competition demanded order, which resulted in organized leagues and a clearly defined set of rules. For most amateur clubs, the arbiter for all points of dispute was the annual guide, which listed all of the current rules as agreed upon by the National Association of Base Ball Players. Issued by a number of respected publishers, the one thing that those early guides had in common was their editor: Henry Chadwick, "The Father of Baseball." Offered here is a trio of rare early baseball guides dating to the dawn of professional baseball. Interestingly, the two Chadwick manuals in this collection originate from the same source, as the original owner's name, J. N. Stone Jr., appears on each cover. 1) 1867 Haney's Base Ball Book of Reference, published by Haney & Co., New York (4 x 6 inches). Soft cover, 139 pages. The cover pictures three baseball players huddled together as they consult the guide. A thin paper overlay, serving as an advertisement for a local sporting-goods dealer, has been affixed along the right border of the cover. Nearly all of the cover has been torn along the spine, and a number of small border tears/chips are evident on both front and back. Moderate staining is evident throughout the first thirty-five pages and most pages display light foxing. In Good condition overall. 2) Chadwick's Convention Base Ball Manual for 1870, published by the National Chronicle, Boston. Soft cover, 137 pages. The cover features a generic illustration of a pitcher from the era. The name "J. N. Stone Jr." and his address "No. 725 Pine St./Philad" are neatly scripted in black ink on the cover. A black-ink stamp bearing the same name also appears on the cover. The ink notation "Base Ball for 1870" is written on the spine. Many of the pages display minor foxing, and there are a number of stray pencil notations. The covers display minor edge tears/chips. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. 3) Chadwick's Base Ball Manual for 1871, published by the American News Company, New York. Soft cover, 144 pages. The name "J. N. Stone Jr." and the date "May 3, 1871" are neatly scripted in black ink on the cover. Many of the pages display minor foxing, and there are a number of stray pencil notations. The covers display minor edge tears/chips. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. These three scarce early baseball guides are not normally found in such fine condition. Total: 3 guides. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $2,962.50


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