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Circa 1870s Baseball-CDV Collection (4) - Canadian Images
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,067
Collection of four baseball CDVs, dating from the circa 1870s, each originating from Canada. All measure approximately 2.5 x 4 inches. Early baseball CDVs from the 1860s and 1870s are rare, especially those produced in Canada. As a point of reference, only one Canadian 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), and only two were featured in the sale of Rucker's collection in 1995. This is an outstanding group of four, each picturing one or more uniformed players in a formal studio setting. 1) Two players standing side by side. One holds a bat while the other holds a team flag (can only be partially read, but appears to read "Mutual BBC"). The proprietary stamp of the photographer ("McMurray, Fredrickton, N. B.") appears on the reverse. This CDV has the special provenance of originating years ago from the Mark Rucker Collection. Slightly wavy borders and tack hole on top. In Very Good condition. 2) Single player. Hand colored. The proprietary stamp of the photographer ("S. C. Jory, Toronto") appears on the reverse. The handwritten pencil notation, "Billie Bell - Toronto Base Ball Club," can also be found on the reverse. In Very Good condition. 3) Single player, standing, holding a bat, no hat. The proprietary stamp of the photographer ("D. G. Wooten, Strathroy" [Ontario]) appears on the reverse. In Excellent condition. 4) Single player, standing, holding a bat, with hat. The proprietary stamp of the photographer ("Ed. B. Rogers, Hamilton, Ontario") appears on the reverse. In Very Good to Excellent condition. Total: 4 CDVs. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,067
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