1877 Peck & Snyder The American Athletic Journal Vol. 1. No. 1. Color Catalog With 1869 Red Stockings Woodcut Illustration

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Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2623

Item Year: 1877

Category: Internet Only

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Rare newsprint publication, titled The American Athletic Journal, Vol. 1. No. 1., published by Peck & Snyder in 1877. This is actually a Peck & Snyder sporting goods catalog for the "Spring and Summer of 1877," but it does features a few actual articles, the most prominent of which recounts the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings' undefeated season. The front-page article includes woodcut illustrations of all nine members of the 1869 Red Stockings, including George Wright, Harry Wright, and Asa Brainard, as well as the box score from the club's victory over the Mutuals. Also included on the front page are scores from some of the early games of the 1877 season. What makes this publication so special is that it features two full pages of color illustrations depicting the company's line of baseball equipment, including uniforms, hats, socks, and belts. Black-and-white illustrations of additional items, including bats, gloves, balls, as well as trophy bats and silver presentation balls, are featured on additional pages. This is the first example we have ever seen of this catalog and one that is a perfect compliment to any advanced collection of nineteenth-century baseball equipment. The publication (on newspaper stock) measures 14 x 20.25 inches, but completely unfolds to dimensions of 28 x 41.5 inches (it is printed on a single sheet). In Very Good condition overall, with a few small edge tears and tears along the fold lines, as well as light scattered age toning. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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