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Lot # 975 (of 1512)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1897 "Home Base Ball Game" Manufactured by McLoughlin Bros.

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,320

This extremely attractive 1897 baseball board game is distinguished by its exquisite cover design. Manufactured by McLoughlin Bros., the preeminent baseball game manufacturer of the era, the bold graphics feature a large illustration of a batter and catcher set against a pastoral background. Obviously, McLoughlin knew a good thing when it saw it, because this cover illustration was first used by the company for its 1892 "Parlor Base Ball" game. After using it again in 1897 for this game, McLoughlin came back to it three years later for the two newer versions of its "Home Base Ball Game." A year after that, the batter illustration alone was featured on its circa 1901 "The National Game of Base Ball." The main difference between this game and its 1900 counterpart is the shape of the box, which is rectangular as opposed to square. The interior game board, made to resemble a diamond, is actually the bottom of the box and is framed on all sides by sturdy wood construction. This is a very substantial and well-made game! The playing rules are printed on the underside of the lid. All of the original game pieces are present and are comprised of a game spinner and eighteen wooden pieces (9 purple and 9 white). This game is spectacular for display and would be a significant addition to many different types of collections. A vintage pencil notation on the underside of the box reads "Earle from Maude/A Merry Christmas/1897." Excellent in its overall appearance, with just a few tiny abrasions and scratches on the cover. This is an exceptional example of this classic nineteenth-century baseball game and one that would be a welcome addition to any advanced collection. Dimensions: 10.5 x 19.5 x 1 inches. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,320

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