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Circa 1861 Abner Doubleday CDV (Mathew Brady)

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $840

Carte-de-visite photograph of Civil War general Abner Doubleday taken in 1861 by noted photographer Mathew Brady. The formal studio pose captures Doubleday standing, dressed in full military attire. with his hat in one hand. Doubleday's name (misspelled "Capt. Abner Douleday of Fort Sumter") and the photographer's copyright notice ("Entered according to the act of Congress in the year 1861 by M. B. Brady, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York") are boldly printed in black along the lower margin of the mount. Printed on the reverse is "Published by E. Anthony 501 Broadway, New York. From Photographic Negative From Brady's National Portrait Gallery." This is a particularly rare and outstanding Doubleday CDV, and the first example of this pose that we have ever offered. It is also one of only a few examples that we have ever seen with Doubleday identified on the mount, a design element which makes this card especially ideal for display. Doubleday is credited with firing the first shot at Fort Sumter during the Civil War, and also saw action in Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. In 1907 the Mills Commission named him the inventor of baseball. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the myth still persists to this day. While most scholars agree that Doubleday did not invent the game of baseball, his name is still very much a part of baseball lore, especially in its connection to the Hall of Fame. Interestingly, when Doubleday passed away in 1893, his obituary described him as a man "who did not care for outdoor sports." With flawless contrast. The CDV (2.25 cx 4 inches) displays light foxing on both the front and reverse and moderate corner wear. Encapsulated and graded "40 VG" by SGC. This is a very rare Doubleday CDV, and, with its identification of Doubleday on the mount, is a particularly ideal example for display in a baseball collection.
Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $840

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