Circa 1862 Abner Doubleday CDV (Mathew Brady)

Sold For: $480

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2338

Item Year: 1862

Category: Historical/Political

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Carte-de-visite photograph of Civil War general Abner Doubleday taken in 1862 by noted photographer Mathew Brady. The formal studio pose captures Doubleday in full military attire as he stands with one arm tucked within the front of his uniform. Doubleday's name and the photographer's copyright notice ("Entered according to the act of Congress in the year 1862 by M. B. Brady, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Columbia") are boldly printed in blue in the lower margin of the mount. Printed on the reverse is "Brady, Washington." This is a particularly rare and outstanding Doubleday CDV, one of only a few examples that we have ever offered with him identified on the mount, a design element which makes this card especially ideal for display. Doubleday is credited with firing the first shot at Fort Sumter during the Civil War, and also saw action in Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. In 1907 the Mills Commission named him the inventor of baseball. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the myth still persists to this day. While most scholars agree that Doubleday did not invent the game of baseball, his name is still very much a part of baseball lore, especially in its connection to the Hall of Fame. Interestingly, when Doubleday passed away in 1893, his obituary described him as a man "who did not care for outdoor sports." With flawless contrast. The mounted photograph has two tiny surface imperfections (not affecting Doubleday's image) and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition; the CDV mount displays a few small areas of age toning and handling wear along each corner. This is a very rare Doubleday CDV, and, with its identification of Doubleday on the mount, is a particularly ideal example for display in a baseball collection. 2.5 x 4 inches. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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