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Circa 1885 Base Ball Board Game (J. Ottmann)

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,080

Rare circa 1885 baseball game titled, aptly, Base Ball, issued by the J. Ottmann Lith. Co. This is one of the rarest of all nineteenth-century baseball games, one of only several surviving examples that we have seen during the past 40+ years. It is also a particularly beautiful game that is ideal for display. The colorful cover pictures a detailed illustration of a batter and catcher on the field. It is interesting to note that the catcher is wearing both a fingerless glove on his right hand, and a smaller glove, similar to a workman's glove on his left hand. That combination, along with the style of chest protector and catcher's mask, helps to date the game to the mid 1880s. It was during that time that catchers began wearing padding on their hands, with the smaller gloves pictured here soon evolving into a single glove that we recognize as the standard catcher's mitt today. The accompanying spinner dictates the game action and five wooden markers serve as the "base runners." The bottom of the interior box serves as the game board and features an illustration of a playing diamond, complete with fielders and base runners. The box (8.25 x 8.25 x .75 inches) displays light wear commensurate with its age and former use, but is overall in outstanding condition. A few minor abrasions are noticeable along the edge of the lid, while the base displays a tear at two of the flap intersections. In Excellent condition overall and quite possibly the finest example extant.
SOLD FOR $1,080

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