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Circa 1870 Grecian Base Ball Club CDV - Rucker Book-Plate Specimen - Unique Uniform Design!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,920

This early baseball carte-de-visite (commonly referred to as a "CDV") features nine members of the Grecian Base Ball Club and has the distinction of being the very card used as plate number 13 in Mark Rucker's groundbreaking work Baseball Cartes - The First Baseball Cards (self-published, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1988). Produced by S. G. Rogers, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania, as noted by the proprietary stamp on the reverse. In addition to providing the year ("circa 1870"), Rucker comments that the reason for the club name is unknown. What is particularly notable about this image are the uniforms. Each bib front displays not only the team initials, "G. B." but the individual position of each respective player (i.e., "1B," 3B," "P"). As Rucker notes, "the uniform design is singular," making this an extraordinary nineteenth-century team image. CDVs were the most popular form of early mass-produced photography, and its introduction to the public coincided with both the Civil War and the growing popularity of baseball. All early CDVs featuring baseball images are highly prized by collectors today, especially those picturing identifiable teams and/or players. The CDV (4 x 2.375 inches), which displays outstanding clarity and contrast, has a vintage strip of lined paper, bearing some illegible words, affixed along the top border; two small areas of adhesive residue and light staining are evident on the reverse; otherwise it is in Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

SOLD FOR $1,920


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