1887 Prang Baseball Lithograph

Sold For: $2,700

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1775

Item Year: 1887

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Classic full-color, detailed, game-in-progress chromolithographic print from the very well known and revered lithographer Louis A. Prang. The scene captures a batter running to first base while the shortstop attempts to catch the ball. Although the teams are unidentified, the consensus among collectors and historians is that the player depicted at the end of the bench with his knees crossed is Hall of Famer Adrian "Cap" Anson, who was the premier player of his day. This is one of the most famous and highly prized of all nineteenth-century baseball display prints, not to mention one of the most attractive as well. The print (21.75 x 15 inches; visible dimensions) displays minor abrasions in the lower left and right corners, and a small, light diagonal crease in the upper right corner. All of those minor condition anomalies are fairly unobtrusive and the print has an overall Excellent appearance. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 25.5 x 19.5 inches.

Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000.

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