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1884 to 1935 Baseball "Card" Games (6)
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,066.50
Collection of six early baseball games, spanning the years 1884-1935, in nearly all of which playing cards determine the game action. 1) 1884 Lawson's Patent Base Ball Playing Cards. This was one of the earliest and most popular of all nineteenth-century baseball card games. Issued in 1884 by the Lawson Card Company of Boston, Massachusetts, the Lawson's playing-card set features thirty-six cards with striking baseball-related designs. The offered set is the blue-back version and is housed in its thin cardboard box. The set is missing three of the blue-corner play cards, but includes the twenty-page instruction manual and two "value" cards. The cards remain in Excellent to Mint condition. The box (2.75 x 3.75 inches) is missing the bottom flap and is otherwise in Very Good condition. 2) 1890 National League Ball Game. Manufactured and sold by the The Yankee Novelty Co., of Chicago, Illinois. The top of the box (4.5 x 5.5 inches) has a colorful image of a batter at the plate with the catcher, umpire, and crowd in the background. The inside of the game has a spin wheel that indicates hits, outs, strikes, etc., and metal peg game pieces. The pin holding the spin wheel is missing and only eight of the metal peg pieces remain. In overall Good to Very Good condition, with the cover graphics remaining bright and attractive. 3) 1903 Base Ball. Card game produced by the Geo. G. Norris Co., of Boston, Massachusetts. The box (5.5 x 4 inches) features an illustration of two generic ballplayers on the cover. Complete with its original ninety-four playing cards and instruction manual. The card are in Excellent to Mint condition. The box features moderate wear and two pencil notations on the cover. In Very Good to Excellent condition. 4) 1917 Baseball Game. Card game housed in a standard-size card box. No manufacturer listed, but a patent date of June 19, 1917, appears on the bottom flap. Fifty cards plus score card and instruction card. Cards are in Near Mint condition. The box (2.75 x 3.5 inches) has a slightly split side seam. In Very Good condition. 5) 1929 Psychic Base Ball Game. Card game produced by the Psychic Base Ball Corporation of New York. This is the second version of this game (the first was issued in 1926). The box cover features an illustration of a baseball diamond with holes at the base positions for the insertion of wooden pegs. Game comes with twenty-seven cards, four original wood pegs, instruction manual, score cards (many of which have been filled out in pencil), and three promotional/instructional pamphlets. Interior components are all in Excellent to Mint condition. The box (4.5 x 3 inches) remains in Very Good to Excellent condition, with moderate wear. 6) 1935 Home Run. Card game issued by Brentwood Print of Lynn, Massachusetts. The cardboard box (2.75 x 4 inches), which features an illustration of a generic batter on the cover, houses forty-eight game cards, an instruction card, two point-value cards, and a promotional flyer. All of the interior components are in Near Mint condition. The box remains in Excellent to Mint condition. First example we have seen of this game. Total: 6 games. Reserve $300. Estimate $600++. SOLD FOR $1,066.50
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