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1860s to 1880s Baseball-CDV Collection (4) Including Rucker Book Plate Specimen
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,422
Collection of four baseball CDVs, dating from the 1860s to the 1880s, each picturing one or more uniformed players in a studio setting. All measure approximately 2.5 x 4 inches. 1) Single player, standing, holding a bat, circa 1860s. The letters "BBC" are clearly seen on his belt. Produced by the Sherman Vignette Gallery of Brooklyn, New York, as noted on both the front and reverse. The name "John" is written on the reverse in pencil. The photo displays outstanding contrast but Vg-Ex overall due to a crease in the lower left corner of the mount. 2) Two players, both standing, one holding a bat, the other holding a ball, circa 1870s. Their bib-front jerseys display the letter "A" on the front. A vintage pencil notation on the reverse identifies the team as the "Rochester Alerts." Produced by D. A. Pease of Newark, New York. This very CDV was featured as plate specimen number 56 in Mark Rucker's groundbreaking work Baseball Cartes - The First Baseball Cards (self-published, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1988). Vg, with an edge chip, moderate creasing, a tiny surface abrasion. 3) Single player, standing, holding a bat, circa 1870s. The bib-front jersey is lettered "Active" on the front. Produced by Sullivan & Kett of Fair Haven, Vermont. Contrast is light, otherwise Ex. 4) Single player, seated, holding a bat, circa 1880s. The player's jersey reads "Woodstock IXL" on the front. Produced by George M. Lovell of Southbridge, Massachusetts. Ex-Mt. Total: 4 CDVs. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $1,422
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