This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on:
Graded 40 VG 3 by SGC, the only example validated by that company. Thanks to the fanciful imaginings of an over-zealous subordinate officer, for years it was believed that Union Major General Abner Doubleday was the "father of baseball." Better research in modern times has since eliminated this as even a remote possibility, but not before Doubleday's familiar visage had become firmly entwined in the creation myth of our favorite sport. While Doubleday's relationship with baseball is now just an anecdotal aside, it is still a relationship. The two will be forever linked, if not in story then at least in the site of the National Baseball Hall of Fame—Cooperstown, NY, Doubleday's home town. Offered here is a studio carte-de-visite portrait of the famous Union officer, taken when the figure was just a young military man. The vintage piece measures 2-3/8" x 4"; the front is captioned in error, "Douleday," and the reverse side of the mount displays information citing a New York photo studio (with attribution to "Brady's National Portrait Gallery"). The item concedes one light wrinkle, a couple of minor pressure indentations, and areas of mild staining. A fascinating paper artifact, in minimally Very Good condition (photo component somewhat nicer).
1870s Abner Doubleday CDV Photo - SGC 40 VG 3
Click above for larger image.