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1908 Baseball In Cincinnati By Harry Ellard Book

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,840.00

Absolutely pristine example of Baseball In Cincinnati by Harry Ellard. This is one of the key early baseball historical books, and a key addition for any world class baseball library. This important 277-page volume is packed with information regarding the rich history of baseball, especially as it relates to Cincinnati, and is heavily illustrated with photographs, many found nowhere else. The publication of this volume was obviously a labor of love for Ellard, as no expense was spared, from the use of slick stock for the photographic plates, many of them full-page, to the elaborately designed red and black hard cover. It is of the highest quality production, and the definitive volume of its type regarding baseball in Cincinnati in the nineteenth century. The dozens and dozens of high quality photographs add to the already high esteem with which it is held in the eyes of serious collectors and scholars. The offered example is in a class by itself in terms of condition. We have never seen another example that even compares with the extraordinary condition of this perfectly preserved specimen. The cover is flawless, and has obviously been kept from all sunlight. The binding is perfect and tight. The interior pages are bright and flawless. The book appears to have never been read, or even handled, and conservatively grades Near Mint to Mint condition. The back interior flyleaf has the small dated ink stamp (December 13, 1960) of legendary baseball publication dealer Goodwin Goldfadden, indicating that this book has been under the care of the most advanced collectors who have appreciated its pristine condition for at least the past 44+ years. The ultimate high grade copy of one of baseball's most significant early historical volumes. Reserve $300. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,840.00

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