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1860s to 1880s Baseball-CDV Collection (4)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,541
Collection of four baseball CDVs, dating from the 1860s to the 1880s, each picturing one or more uniformed players. All measure approximately 2.5 x 4 inches and are in Excellent condition overall. 1) Single player, standing, bat in hand, studio setting, circa 1860s. Although it bears no photographer's credit stamp, the name "Lon Kinch" is written in pencil on the reverse. If this photo does indeed picture Leonidas "Lon" Kinch (it is a virtual certainty that it does), it may date to the Civil War period, as Kinch died at the age of twenty-six in 1867. It is also interesting to note that the manner he is holding the bat is the classic striker's pose from that era. 2) Four players, three standing and one sitting, outdoor setting, circa 1870s. No photographer's credit stamp or identifying text on reverse. The uniform features a bib-front jersey with the letter "E" displayed within a star pattern. 3) Single player, standing, holding a bat, studio setting, circa 1880. The photographer's name, "C. C. Urill," appears along the base of the mount. 4) Two teams (21 players total), both standing and seated, outdoor setting, circa 1880s. Interestingly, one of the players is wearing a fingerless glove on each hand. Six players are holding a bat and one player is holding a ball. No photographer's credit stamp or identifying text on reverse. Total: 4 CDVs. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $1,541
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