Circa 1905 Napoleon Lajoie Chromolithograph Party Game

Sold For: $960

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1527

Item Year: 1905

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Rare circa 1905 baseball party game, similar to "Pin the Tail on the Donkey," featuring a large likeness of Napoleon Lajoie in a batting pose. The game is comprised of a large linen sheet displaying a beautiful color illustration of Lajoie and a generic catcher. The words "Base Ball Party" are lettered in red along the top border, and "Play Ball!" is lettered along the base. Accompany the sheet are eighteen small linen "baseballs," each individually numbered "1" to "18." Obviously, the game involved pinning the balls on the sheet, probably blindfolded, with the winner probably the one who placed the ball closest to the dot on the bat. The sheet (18 x 25.5 inches) displays two horizontal and vertical folds (as issued), a few tiny age spots, and a few tiny pinholes related to the nature of the game. In Excellent to Mint condition, with no fading to the colors. The eighteen linen "baseballs" (1.75 inches in diameter) each display a few tiny pinholes as well and are in Excellent to Mint condition overall. This is a spectacular early baseball display piece and one that is rarely, if ever, found in such fine condition. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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