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Circa 1860s and 1870s Baseball-CDV Collection (4)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,067
Collection of four baseball CDVs, dating from the 1860s and 1870s, each picturing one or more uniformed players. All measure approximately 2.5 x 4 inches. 1) Single player, standing, holding a bat, outdoor setting. Exquisite example with gilt border. Blank backed. Another example of this CDV was featured as plate number 72 in Mark Rucker's groundbreaking work Baseball Cartes - The First Baseball Cards (self-published, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1988). It was one in a group of three individual-player CDVs that Rucker identified as members of the Bates College baseball team, circa 1875. Rucker also identified the photographer as Curtis & Moss of Lewiston, Maine. In Near Mint condition. 2) Two players, standing, one holding a ball, the other a bat, studio setting, circa 1860s. Produced by J. Monroe of Dunkirk, New York (stamp on reverse). Light pencil notations on the reverse in identification of the players (only partially legible) as well as minor adhesive residue on front and back. In Very Good condition. 3) Single player, standing, hat in hand, studio setting, circa 1870s. Produced by A. B. Hamor, Lawrence, Massachusetts (stamp on reverse). In Excellent condition. 4) Single player, standing, holding a bat, studio setting, circa 1870s. Beautifully professionally hand-colored studio photo. This type of high quality work was offered by studios at great expense. Produced by Blanchard, Barre, Vermont (noted on front and reverse). The name "Edw. Terry" written in pencil on the reverse. In Excellent condition. Total: 4 CDVs. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $1,067
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