1884 "League Parlor Base Ball Game"

Sold For: $480

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1764

Item Year: 1884

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Addendum (4/24/17, 11:56 a.m.): The original description made note of the fact that the game was missing one of its four wooden legs. However, the consignor just recently found the leg and sent it to us, so the game is now complete with all four legs. One of the rarest and most attractive of all nineteenth-century baseball games, the "League Parlor Base Ball Game" is distinguished by the stunning colorful lithography on the top of its wooden playing surface. The game board, which sits on four wooden legs, features a beautiful game-in-progress scene. Included within the artwork are all nine fielders, team benches, equipment, a batter and the umpire. Of special note is the fact that the umpire has an umbrella, and the first and third basemen are in position for the existing fair-foul rule in effect at this time. A wooden-bead scoring mechanism is attached along each end. The applied lithography displays general wear, including light-to-moderate rippling. Manufactured by Bliss, the board does not include the original scoring/player pegs or die. Also, one of the four wooden legs is missing (not needed for the game to stand freely). In Very Good to Excellent condition overall and perfect for display. 10.5 x 15 x 2 inches. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.

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