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1886 McLoughlin Bros. "Game of Base-Ball"
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,000
Before the turn of the century, McLoughlin Brothers was renowned for producing the highest-quality games of all types, including several different baseball board games. McLoughlin Brothers "Game of Base-Ball" is one of the rarest and most highly prized of all nineteenth-century baseball board games. In addition to the spectacular graphics on its cover, this is the only McLoughlin baseball game with metal baseball figures. The offered example includes all ten of the meticulously painted metal baseball figures (the batter figure is detached from its metal base, otherwise averaging strong Vg-Ex, with just normal wear and chipping to the paint), as well as the very sturdy folding game board (Ex), both spinners (each Vg-Ex due to normal use and complete with its spin needle), the direction booklet (Gd, with repaired tear on the back page, foxing, and minor tears), one of the two black scorecards (Vg, with evident use), and six of the eight original wooden markers (Ex, three black and three white). The sturdy game box (Gd-Vg) shows wear commensurate with its age and former use, including some chipping along the border areas of the cover, which does not detract from the splendid illustrated images of the pitcher or the spectacular game-in-progress scene. This is a rare and extremely significant early game which, as can easily be seen, is ideal for display. This is a museum quality piece. (In fact, an example of this game is prominently featured on the Hall of Fame's website at http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/games.) The box is of high-quality pressed cardboard and wood construction, and measures 17.25 x 9.5 x 1.75 inches.
SOLD FOR $3,000
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