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1913 Major League Indoor Base Ball Game

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,645

This extraordinary game, manufactured by the Philadelphia Game Company, is widely recognized as the most impressive of all early twentieth-century board games. The striking cover features individual cameo portraits of the top stars of the day, including Baker, Cobb, Lajoie, Walsh, Speaker, Johnson, Mathewson, Chance, and Wagner. The game (2-5/8 x 19-3/8 x 13-1/4 inches) consists of a beautifully finished wood frame with a sturdy cardboard cover and back. The hinged top opens up to reveal an attractive lithographic illustration of a baseball diamond and grandstand filled to capacity, while the interior bottom portion features a large metal spinner which dictates the game action when spun. Also inside are the two original red cardboard boxes that house, respectively, the game lineup cards, and wooden pegs. The cover exhibits a number of light-to-moderate scratches throughout, as well as minor surface paper loss along the top right border. The interior game boards display moderate wear commensurate with normal use over the years, including a crease on the field section. In Very Good condition overall. This is an extremely desirable early baseball game, and one of the most substantial baseball display pieces of the era. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,645

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