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1868 Boston Lowells CDV
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,400
CDV picturing nine members of the Lowell Baseball Club, circa 1868, posing together in a formal studio setting. The photographer's credit, "Webster & Popkins, Photographers, 297 Main St. Hartford, Conn." appears on the reverse. All 1860s CDVs featuring baseball images are extremely rare, and examples featuring high-level organized teams, such as the Lowells, one of the most prominent clubs in New England at the time, are the most substantial and desirable. A different example of this CDV (the only other example we have ever seen) appears as plate 34 in Mark Rucker's groundbreaking work Baseball Cartes - The First Baseball Cards (self-published, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1988). In his book, Rucker identifies each of the nine players: "(L-R) Lovett, Jewell, Newton, Rogers, and Alline. Front Row: Hawes, Joslin, Summer, and Bradbury." The CDV (3.875 x 2.375 inches) displays a slight trim along the top border of the mount, and very light, scattered spotting along the left border area of the photo, not affecting any of the player images; a few light, vintage pencil notations appear on the reverse; still very impressive and otherwise in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,400
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