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1870s to Circa 1890 Baseball-CDV Collection (4) Including Rucker Book Plate Specimen
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,659
Collection of four baseball CDVs, dating from the 1870s to circa 1890, each picturing one or more uniformed players in a studio setting. All measure approximately 2.5 x 4 inches. 1) Team photo (seven players total), three standing and four seated, two holding bats, one holding a ball, circa 1870s. Each jersey bears a large "X" on the front. No photographer's credit or written identification. While based on current research we cannot yet state with certainty, it is very possible that this club hails from Xenia, Ohio. It is also interesting to note the vertical format of the team photo, which is very rare and unusual for a team CDV. Vg-Ex. 2) Single player, standing, exquisitely hand colored, circa 1875. The jersey features a large "M" on the front. Produced by Reynolds of Williamsburgh, New York. Interestingly, two other CDVs, produced by the very same photographer and picturing members of the same club, are featured, respectively, as plate numbers 68 and 69 in Mark Rucker's groundbreaking work Baseball Cartes - The First Baseball Cards (self-published, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1988). Rucker identifies the two players pictured in his book as members of the Montana B.B.C of Brooklyn. It appears to us that the player pictured in the offered CDV is the same player as that pictured in plate 68 of Rucker's book. With tiny clips at each of the corners, otherwise Ex. 3) Single player, standing, circa 1880s. The jersey is lettered "Chester" across the front. Produced by Wheeler of Goshen, New York. This very CDV was featured as plate specimen number 80 in Mark Rucker's groundbreaking work Baseball Cartes - The First Baseball Cards (self-published, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1988). Vg-Ex, with minor surface paper loss on reverse. 4) Two players, standing, one holding a catcher's mitt and mask, the other holding a ball, circa 1890. Both players are also wearing quilted pants, which were most popular during the late 1880s and 1890s. Produced by Harry C. Saylor of Myerstown, Pennsylvania. Vg. Total: 4 CDVs. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $1,659
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