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Lot # 844 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1906 Mordecai "Three-Fingered" Brown Sunday American Flip Book

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $540

Presented is an extremely rare flip book, issued as an advertising item by the Sunday American newspaper in 1906, featuring Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame pitcher Mordecai "Three-Fingered" Brown. If this were a traditional baseball card, as opposed to a flip book, it would easily be one of the rarest sample cards in all of collecting. We would be surprised if more than just a few examples have survived in the entire collecting world. The flip book is designed to allow the viewer to see moving images of "The Famous Twirler of the Chicago Nationals" when the pages are "flipped." The short sequence of pages illustrates Brown's pitching windup and delivery. The book, which measures 2.25 x 2.75 inches, is one of only a few baseball flip books featuring stars of the day known from this early era. In fact, we think the entire universe of different baseball flip book subjects from this era numbers exactly three: We have seen Mathewson, McGinnity, and Brown. All are extremely rare! Because of their fragile construction and the manner in which they were intended to be handled, flip books of any kind from this era are often found in poor condition. This example is one of the rare exceptions. While it displays moderate wear commensurate with its age and former use, including a few light creases and a minor stain on the cover, it remains in overall Very Good condition, with all of the interior photo pages clean and intact.

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