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1861 Home Run Quick Step Sheet Music

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,350

Remarkable non-restored example of the 1861 Home Run Quick Step sheet music, written by John Zebley Jr., and published in 1861 by Lee & Walker of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is one of the earliest and rarest of all baseball sheet musics. Few examples are known and we have handled just two or three examples in the past thirty years. The Home Run Quick Step is one of only five color baseball sheet musics of the nineteenth century, and one of the few great Civil War era baseball display pieces. The lithographic cover features a resplendent game-in-progress scene bordered on either side by a player dressed in a period bib-front uniform. Illustrations of bats, balls, bases, and belts complete the attractive motif. As noted in print along the bottom, this sheet music was "Respectfully Dedicated to the Members Of The Mercantile Base Ball Club of Philada." This piece is all the more extraordinary for the fact that it displays absolutely no restoration. All of the colors remain bold and vibrant and the central illustration displays much as it did when first published in 1861. There are a few tiny string holes and a thin strip of adhesive residue along the border resulting from the sheet music having once been bound in an album (this is common for nearly all early sheet music, especially those that have survived in this ideal manner ). The sheet music is slightly miscut (an as made printing flaw) resulting in the publisher's name being slightly cut off at the base of the cover and the centering of the graphics being slightly to-the-right; aside from a very tiny pencil line in the upper right corner, and moderate foxing to the interior pages, the sheet music is otherwise in superb Excellent to Mint condition. Very few baseball-related lithographic art pieces date from the era of the Civil War. This is one of the few, and one of the best from any era. This is an extremely crisp, beautifully preserved example of the 1861 Home Run Quick Step , one of the greatest and most exceptional baseball sheet music display pieces dating from the earliest days of our national pastime. 10 x 13 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,350

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