1871 Harvard Baseball Team Photo

Sold For: $840

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1458

Item Year: 1871

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Rare photograph of the 1871 Harvard baseball team posing together in uniform in front of an unidentified building. Each of the nine players is shown wearing a bib-front jersey featuring an "H" on the front. A bat bag, lettered "Harvard Base Ball Club," is prominently displayed in front of the players. Additional equipment seen here includes bats and bases. Although the photo is not dated, we found a photo of the 1871 Harvard Baseball team posted online at the Harvard Library Archives that pictures these same nine players (posed differently) in front of the same building. The photo (9.25 x 5.5 inches) displays a few tiny abrasions in the upper left corner and left border, as well as a tiny chip in the lower right corner. In Excellent condition overall. The mount (13.5 x 10.5 inches) displays minor toning from a former matting, a few minor stains, and small edge tears. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+.

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