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Incredibly Rare Circa 1870s Baseball Team Full Plate Tintype

Lot Number 305

Quantity: Bid Starts: 07/27/2015 12:00:00 
Bid Open: 750.00  Bid Ends: 08/06/2015 23:32:15 
Bid Count: 10  Overtime: 30 Minutes
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Bid Reserve: Reserve Met    
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In the world of 19th-century baseball photography, tintypes are precious gems and full-plate tintypes...well, those are crown jewels. Over the past two decades, a mere handful of full-plate, 6-1/2 x 8-1/2" baseball tintypes have ever surfaced at auction. The most valuable one—which hailed from the Mark Rucker Collection and sold for over $9,000 in 2005—was heretofore the sole example to feature a complete ball club. But now we are pleased to unveil this heir to the throne: A nine-player gallery of matching uniforms with white tunics, wide belts and multi-colored caps, plus the early-style accoutrements of two balls and a bat. Interestingly, the rather dapper and classy team represents a range of ages, thus suggesting a local town league. Measuring approximately 6-1/2 x 8-1/2" from the reverse, the tintype has  a 7-1/2 x 5-1/2" visible frontal area that not only exhibits tremendous image quality for a photo of this age, size and delicate medium, but also boasts a rather astounding NM appearance. Indeed, it is the original gilt-edged matte and 10x8 leatherette-bordered glass pane that have borne the brunt of wear (light foxing, surface scratches, etc.) to protect their valuable contents. According to our consignor, the heirloom emerged in Groton, MA, from the estate of a family with roots in Dorchester, MA, during the 1860s-1870s. This item has a reserve (estimated value $2500-$5000).

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