Circa 1870s to 1920s Baseball Photographic Collection (29)

Sold For: $1,200

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1525

Item Year: 1900

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Large collection of twenty-nine vintage baseball photos, spanning the approximate years 1870 to 1920. This is an outstanding group of early images, tantamount to a baseball time capsule. Twenty-four are cabinet-style photos in that they are affixed to a mount. Like most photos from this era, little is known of the teams or players, though some clues can be had from the lettering on the jersey, handwritten notations on the reverse, or by the photographer's credit. Thirteen of the photos capture a team or large group, while ten feature an individual player. Twenty-three of the images were taken outdoors. Sizes range from 3.25 x 5 inches to 14 x 11 inches (measurements include the mount), with most falling in the 9 x 7-inch to 5 x 7-inch range. Five of the photos picture the same individual in a number of different outdoor poses; the remainder feature different players or teams. Most of the mounts display a number of moderate flaws, including chips, but the photos themselves are largely free of any significant defects and are in Excellent condition overall. Total: 29 photos. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.


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