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1860s and 1870s Baseball-CDV Collection (5) Including Two Rucker Book Plate Specimens
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,666
Collection of five baseball CDVs, dating from the 1860s and 1870s, each picturing one or more uniformed players in a studio setting. All measure approximately 2.5 x 4 inches. 1) Single player, standing, hand colored, circa 1865. Produced by Shafer & Watson of Parkersburg, West Virginia. The player and team are identified in vintage red ink on the reverse: "Curry Klunk/2nd Baseman/B.B.B. Club." This very CDV was featured as plate specimen number 19 in Mark Rucker's groundbreaking work Baseball Cartes - The First Baseball Cards (self-published, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1988). Rucker's caption for the image reads "Klunk, in his Zouave style uniform, played second base for the Baltics." Vg. 2) Single player, standing, circa late 1860s. Produced by W. M. Tucker of Little Falls, New York. The name "George Bradley" is written in pencil on the reverse. From the Mark Rucker Collection. Vg-Ex. 3) Single player, standing, holding bat, sleeveless shirt, circa 1875. No photographer or identification listed. This very CDV was featured as plate specimen number 74 in Mark Rucker's book Baseball Cartes - The First Baseball Cards. Ex-Mt, with gilt border. 4) Two players, both seated, one holding a bat and the other holding a ball, circa late 1870s. Each bib-front jersey displays a large "T" on the front. Produced by P. F. Ross of Tipton, Missouri. Ex. 5) Single player (young boy), standing, circa 1870s. Produced by Manchester Brothers of Providence, Rhode Island. An illegible name appears on the reverse in pencil. Ex. Total: 5 CDVs. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $2,666
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