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Lot # 1757 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1867 Baseball CDV and Extraordinary Album - Early "Western" Baseball CDV! (with 60 CDVs)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,422

Presented is a remarkably high quality vintage 1860s photo album containing sixty period CDVs and one tintype photograph. While photo collectors will not doubt enjoy sifting through the many portrait images featured in the album (many of which were produced by the Mathew Brady studio), its significance for baseball collectors is predicated on a single CDV picturing three uniformed players. The photo captures the three players in a posed studio setting, with one player seated and the other two standing on either side of him. The seated player is holding a ball, while one of the standing players is leaning against a bat. Vintage ink notations on the front and bottom borders note, respectively, the year ("1867") and the names of the three players ("Keiting," "Watts," and "Thacher"). Especially notable is the photographer's credit stamp on the reverse that reads "N. Brown & Son, Photographers, Santa Fe, N. M." Any baseball image from this period originating west of the Mississippi is exceedingly rare. This may even be the earliest known "Western" baseball photo extant, as we cannot recall having seen an example that predates it. The CDV (2.5 x 3.75 inches), which offers outstanding clarity, displays a tiny clip at each corner (common practice at the time when placing CDVs in an album) and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Interestingly, the collection includes a second CDV, picturing both Watts and Thacher posing together in formal attire with two other gentleman, also produced by N. Brown & Son. This album once belonged to Watts, as noted by the vintage inscription penned on the front fly leaf: "Presented to John Watts/By/A. L. Bancroft./New York City/June 1869." Most of other CDVs, which are simply portraits of unidentified individuals, appear to have small clips to the corners as well (with one having more significant corner cuts) and are otherwise Excellent to Mint in appearance. The outstanding original highly ornate leather-bound album (9.5 x 6 x 3 inches), with clasped ends and gilt-edge pages, displays moderate-to-heavy wear, including near-complete separation along the spine. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $1,422

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