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1860s and 1870s Baseball-CDV Collection (5) Including Rucker Book Plate Specimen
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,659
Collection of five baseball CDVs, dating from the 1860s and 1870s, each picturing a single uniformed player in a studio setting. All measure approximately 2.5 x 4 inches. 1) Player standing, holding a bat, circa 1868. Produced by Reed Brothers of Lawrence, Massachusetts. Another example of this CDV was featured as plate number 60 in Mark Rucker's groundbreaking work Baseball Cartes - The First Baseball Cards (self-published, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1988). Vg-Ex. 2) Player standing, holding a ball, hand colored, circa 1870s. Extremely striking and unusual. Produced by Brooks Gallery of Marshall, Michigan. Ex. 3) Player standing, hand colored, circa 1874. The bib-front jersey features a large "P" on the front (with color accents). Produced by R. A. Lewis of New York. A black ink inscription on the reverse reads "Compliments of/Yours Truly/James M. Tracy." This very CDV was featured as plate specimen number 73 in Mark Rucker's book Baseball Cartes - The First Baseball Cards. Rucker writes: "The 'P' on the uniform only provided leads to speculation about which N.Y.C. team he played for - the Powhatans? the Peconics?" Vg-Ex with a light-to-moderate vertical crease in the upper right quadrant. Outstanding pose, condition and contrast. 4) Player standing, holding a bat, circa 1870s. The bib-front jersey features a large "E" on the front. Produced by H. F. Warren of Waltham, Massachusetts. An additional red-ink stamp on the reverse reads "C. A. Stevens." Vg-Ex. 5) Player (young boy) standing, holding a bat, circa 1870s. No photographer or identification listed. Vg. Total: 5 CDVs. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,659
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