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1886 McLoughlin Bros. "Game of Base-Ball"
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,080
Before the turn of the century, McLoughlin Brothers was renowned for producing the highest-quality games of all types, including several different baseball board games. McLoughlin Brothers "Game of Base-Ball" is one of the rarest and most highly prized of all nineteenth-century baseball board games. It is a classic, both as a game and as a nineteenth-century baseball display item! It is no accident that the Hall of Fame prominently features the 1886 McLoughlin Bros. "Game of Base-Ball" on its website as one of just two games to illustrate its exhibit Home Games: A Century of Baseball Board Games (link: http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/games). In addition to the spectacular graphics of its cover, this is the only McLoughlin baseball game with metal baseball figures. The game includes all ten of the meticulously painted metal baseball figures (Ex overall with just normal wear and minor chipping to the paint), as well as the very sturdy folding game board (Ex-Mt), both spinners (each Ex and complete with its spin needle), and eight wooden markers (4 blue and 4 white). Even the instruction booklet (Ex-Mt), and both of the original scorecards (neither is scored, one has a heavy corner crease, otherwise Ex.) are included! The sturdy game box (Gd-Vg) shows general wear, including an abrasion (paper loss) in the upper left corner of the front label and chipping along the box edges, neither of which detracts from the splendid illustrated images of the pitcher or the spectacular game-in-progress scene on the lid. The box is of high-quality pressed cardboard and wood construction, and measures 17 x 9-1/2 x 2 inches. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall.Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,080
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