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Circa 1870s Baseball Tintype in Case
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $480
Baseball tintype, housed in its original ornamental case, dating from the mid- to late-nineteenth century. The exquisite photograph captures two young ballplayers, each dressed in a different uniform and holding a bat, seated together in a formal studio setting. As is almost always the case with these scarce early photographs, printed on black-painted thin sheet iron, the players pictured are not identified. The anonymity of the players notwithstanding, tintypes are still very highly regarded by collectors as they represent some of the earliest photographic images of baseball in America, and, as such, offer historians detailed studies of uniforms and equipment from the dawn of organized baseball. The offered photo is a superb example and remains in apparent Near Mint condition. It is housed in its original protective case (3.25 x 3.75 inches) that features a gold mat and gilt-edged frame. The case displays moderate wear, including partial separation along the spine, and is complete with both of its locking clasps. In Very Good condition overall.
SOLD FOR $480
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