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Lot # 1178 (of 1743)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1865 Abner Doubleday CDV

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $294

Carte-de-visite photograph of Civil War general Abner Doubleday. While we have handled many Doubleday CDVs over the years, this example is unusual in that it is the only one we have ever seen picturing him in profile. The bust-length image pictures Doubleday in full military uniform as he gazes to the left. An affixed paper label (in the shape of shield) on the reverse reads "From J. W. Everett & Co. Metropolitan Purchasing Agency 111 Fulton Street, New York." The name "Doubleday" and the number "38," both written in pencil, also appear on the reverse. 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." The CDV (2.25 x 4 inches) displays for clipped corners (affecting the corners of the mount, not affecting the photo) and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $294

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