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1860s to 1880s Baseball-CDV Collection (4) Including Rucker Book Plate Specimen
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,185
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 1865. No photographer's credit or identification listed. This very CDV was featured as plate specimen number 21 in Mark Rucker's groundbreaking work Baseball Cartes - The First Baseball Cards (self-published, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1988). Vg-Ex. 2) Single player, standing, holding a bat, circa 1867. The bib-front jersey features the letter "R." The year, "1867," written in pencil on the reverse. Produced by Theo M. Moltz of West Fairview, Pennsylvania. Outstanding image with flawless contrast! Given the high-quality nature of the uniform, this player most likely belonged to one of the more prominent clubs in the area. Vg-Ex, with light soiling along the border areas and a small area of surface-paper loss on the reverse. 3) Single player, standing, holding a ring bat, circa 1870s. Produced by J. E. Crofoot of Kendallville, Indiana. Vg, with spotting on the front. 4) Two players, both standing, one holding a bat and the other holding a ball, circa 1880s. No photographer's credit or identification listed. Light contrast, with slightly trimmed borders. Vg. Total: 4 CDVs. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $1,185
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