Thank you for visiting our past auction result archives. If you have an item identical (or similar) to this auction lot, please call, write or contact us to discuss. We will be able to help you.

Lot # 977 (of 1512)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Nineteenth-Century Baseball Tintype - Game-in-Progress Scene!

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $540

Extremely unusual baseball tintype picturing a game in progress. The small photo (which like all tintypes is printed on black-painted thin sheet iron) captures a pitcher, batter, catcher, and umpire, as well a small group of spectators standing in the background. Nearly all baseball tintypes present players in a formal studio setting. This is one of only a few outdoor examples we can recall. Given the apparent short distances between the pitcher and batter, and the batter and catcher, it is likely that this scene represents a "staged" shot as opposed to an actual game in progress (the camera probably could not capture all four participants otherwise). Like nearly all tintypes and most nineteenth-century baseball photos, we have no information regarding the place, players, or year. However, since the catcher is wearing a mask and has a regular glove on one hand and a "fingerless" glove on his throwing hand, we can reasonably assume it dates it to the 1880s or early 1890s, which is a somewhat late production date for a tintype (most tintypes date from the 1860s and 1870s). The photo (2.25 x 3.5 inches) displays four clipped corners and a few light surface scratches, none of which detract from its overall Excellent appearance. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $540


(Click the smaller thumbnails to the left and right (if any) to cycle through each photo in the gallery of images for this lot.)