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Lot # 1210 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1910 Major League Indoor Baseball Game

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,777.50

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. The cover displays wear commensurate with its age and former use, including a few light abrasions, scratches, and stains. Two tiny chips to the wood frame are evident in the lower left and upper right corners. It should be noted that these minor imperfections do not detract in the least from the game's spectacular overall Excellent appearance and it stands out as one of the finer examples we have handled. Two interior small red cardboard boxes that originally accompanied and were designed to house the game lineup cards and wooden pegs have been lost to time. A very strong example that remains in overall Very Good to Excellent condition. This is an extremely high quality early baseball game, and one of the most substantial and impressive baseball display pieces of the era. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $1,777.50

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