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1860s and 1870s Baseball-CDV Collection (4) - "Southern" Images
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,659
Collection of four early baseball CDVs, dating from the 1860s and 1870s, each originating from Virginia. All measure approximately 2.5 x 4 inches. While all early baseball CDVs are scarce, those produced south of the Mason Dixon line are exceedingly rare. (The total known population may be as few as ten examples dating from the 1860s). As a point of reference, only one "Southern" example (out of 75 different CDVs) can be found in Mark Rucker's groundbreaking work Baseball Cartes - The First Baseball Cards (self-published, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1988). This is an exceptional collection of four, all picturing uniformed players from the era in a formal studio setting. 1) Group image with three players, one seated holding a bat and two standing on either side of him. The photographer's credit stamp (Rees, Frayser, and Rees of Richmond, Virginia) appears on the reverse. A slip of paper, dated 1867, is attached to the reverse that identifies the gentleman as the president, vice president, and captain, respectively, of the Arlington B. B. Club of Richmond. The CDV displays minor hand coloring (to the belts of the two players standing, light foxing, minor trimming to the top and bottom borders, and two clipped corners (upper right and left). In Very Good condition overall. 2) Circa 1870s CDV picturing a single player, standing, holding a bat. The proprietary stamp of photographer "Wm. Roads/Charlottesville, Va" appears on the reverse. The name "Willie van Shooten," presumably identifying the player pictured, is written twice on the reverse. The CDV features hand color accents to various parts of the uniform and is otherwise in Excellent condition. 3-4) Two circa 1870s CDVs, each picturing a different player in a near-identical pose. Both players are wearing uniforms bearing the name "Artillery School" lettered on the bid front. The proprietary stamp of photographer "G. W. Davis, Richmond Va." appears on the reverse of each. Both photos offer outstanding clarity. One displays a trimmed top border, while the other displays a trimmed top and bottom border, otherwise, both are in Excellent condition overall. Total: 4 CDVs. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,659
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