Early 1900s Baseball Advertising Display

Sold For: $1,080

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1816

Item Year: 1905

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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This rare, possibly unique, advertising sign, issued in promotion of Croll's Paints, features both a large illustration of a beautiful woman and a colorful game-in-progress scene pictured in the background. The text printed on the fence in the foreground reads "Croll's Paints/A Hit Every Time/Sterling Worth - Tried and True/Jesse G. Croll & Son - Phila. Pa." If the quality of Croll's Paints was on par with that of its advertising, than Jesse Croll and his son were almost certainly very successful businessmen during the early 1900s. This is the first example of this exceptionally attractive advertising piece we have ever seen, and it may very well be the lone survivor. The sign (13.75 x 18.75 inches; visible dimensions) displays a few areas of very light staining and scattered spotting (both quite unobtrusive), as well as a few tiny abrasions, none of which detract in the least from its overall Excellent appearance. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 18 x 23 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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