1887 Our National Game Scrapbook (All 5 Color Plates Intact)

Sold For: $480

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1508

Item Year: 1887

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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During the latter half of the nineteenth century the compilation of scrapbooks was extremely popular and few homes in America could be found without a family scrapbook prominently displayed in the parlor. Offered here is a rare scrapbook produced specifically for housing keepsakes related to our national pastime. Aptly titled Our National Game, the hard-bound book features a gilt-embellished scene of a game in progress on the cover and gilt accents on the spine. The title page displays a colorful illustration of a period ball club and bears an 1887 copyright by Liebenroth, Von Auw & Co. There are twenty-one sheets in the book, five of which display a full-color illustration, captioned respectively: "Wild Pitch," "Fly Ball," "Caught Between the Bases," "Foul Ball," and "Home Run." The album (11 x 14 inches) has been rebound, with the original covers affixed to the newer boards. The original covers display moderate-to-heavy wear and the interior pages are toned, with minor chipping to some, including one of the illustrated pages. The first illustrated page has been rebound to the spine, as has the title page. One of the pages displays vintage postings. In Good condition overall (without reference to the rebinding). This is a rare and decorative nineteenth-century baseball piece. In the general antique collectibles world, we have seen in years past the color illustration plates removed from these albums and sold separately as they are ideal for framing and display. It is rare to find a complete album. Included with the scrapbook is another classic baseball book titled The Book Of Baseball, The National Game From The Earliest Days To The Present Season, edited by William Patten and J. Walker McSpadden (P. F. Collier & Son, New York, 1911). Good condition. Total: 2 items: scrapbook and book. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+.

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