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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
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