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Vintage Baseball "Stadium" and Baseball Hall of Fame Related Postcard Collection (300)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $4,113

This large collection of 300 baseball postcards is comprised of two separate smaller collections: 240 postcards picturing various baseball stadiums or fields, plus an additional sixty postcards specifically relating to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Approximately twenty-five percent of the postcards offered here are duplicates. Stadium Postcards (240): Every postcard in this group pictures a baseball field, either directly picturing the stadium itself, or indirectly, such as an aerial view of a park in which a baseball diamond can be seen. Both amateur venues and Major League stadiums are represented here either in real-photo format or as an illustrated scene. Included in this group is a 1909 Forbes Field illustrated postcard dating from the stadium's inaugural season, a 1913 real-photo postcard of Forbes Field, three Shibe Park colorized postcards dating between the years 1911 and 1913, a glorious circa 1907 colorized postcard of Cincinnati's Palace of the Fans, and numerous images of Yankee Stadium, Ebbets Field, and the Polo Grounds. Approximately thirty-three percent of the postcards have been inscribed and mailed. Baseball Hall of Fame Postcards (60). Nearly all of the postcards are those issued by the Hall of Fame in its gift shop, but a few are general "New York" or "Cooperstown" postcards that include an image of the Hall of Fame. There are a number of early examples here dating from the 1940s and 1950s, picturing both the Hall of Fame's exterior and interior, as well as many picturing neighboring Doubleday Field. Seven are of the "giant" variety (novelty postcards much larger than normal size postcards) and eleven have been inscribed and mailed. Collections like this are always fun to research and we would not be surprised to find that this grouping ultimately yields a number of hidden "gems." The majority of the cards displays normal handling wear commensurate with their age and former use. Each of these two groups is a substantial collection unto itself, and includes many unusual and fascinating rarities. In Very Good condition overall. From the Ron Menchine Collection. Total: 300 postcards. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,113

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