February 2013
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on: 2/27/2013

This charming and exceedingly scarce carte-de-visite attempts to exploit baseball terms in the cause of humor—and succeeds admirably. The specialized lexicon of the then-emerging pastime must have been particularly fascinating to a general public that wasn't yet thoroughly familiar with such expressions as "Out Field" and "Short Stop," and this card's beautifully designed collection of 12 vignettes (placed beneath an ornate "Base Bawler" header) would certainly have inspired lively conversation about their meaning. The offered CDV features a 2-1/4" x 3-5/8" sepia photo attached to a 2-3/8" x 4" thick-cardboard mount. The inscription "copyright secured" appears on the mount, and a printed Wilmington, Delaware studio identification (along with a few notes in pencil) can be seen on the reverse. An appealing and very early baseball-themed relic, with minimally EX/MT overall display quality.
Rare and Humorous 1862-63 Base Ball Illustrated CDVRare and Humorous 1862-63 Base Ball Illustrated CDV
Rare and Humorous 1862-63 "Base Ball Illustrated" CDV
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $100
Price Realized (Includes Buyers Premium): $418
Number of Bids: 10
Auction closed on: 2/28/2013