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1860s-1880s Harper’s Weekly Baseball Illustration Lot of (9) with Many HOFers

Lot Number 507

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Pristine portrayals of 19th Century baseball beckon with this collection of antique baseball illustrations. This remarkably well-preserved assortment was pulled from the pages of 1860s-1880s editions of Harper’s Weekly magazine. It is truly incredible that pages meant to be handled repeatedly and then discarded could withstand the rigors of time to display in such a fine state as the items offered here. Loaded with period engraving-style images, this small archive of Victorian Era baseball is graced with the presence of many of the greatest players of the day, including a good number of prominent HOFers. All items in this lot present as better to like-new with minimal to minor signs of age/wear.


Featured are:


3/3/1866 “The Athletics of Philadelphia/The Atlantics of Brooklyn” featuring eighteen players in a famous image of the two National Amateur Association teams on a page measuring 15-1/2 x 11” housed in an 18x13 gray matting, unobtrusive light stains are visible at a few spots on the perimeter, otherwise presents very fresh, these two teams with the chief rivals of the period, the Atlantics were a pre-NL dynasty, winning eight NAA pennants between 1857-1869 including 1866, the Athletics were reportedly investigated in 1866 for paying three of their players including major star “Lip” Pike


10/26/1867 “The Champions Nine of the Union Base-Ball Team of Morrisania, New York” with nine player on am 11x8 page in pleasing condition with deference to an irregular right side, which is covered by 17-1/2 x 11-1/2” white matting


6/27/1874 “International Baseball-The Boston Champions” featuring eleven Boston Red stockings player with HOFers Al Spalding, Deacon White, Jim O’Rourke, George wright and Harry wright, page measures 15 x 10-1/2” and presents nicely with clean surface and an unobtrusive vertical fold at center and pencil notations on the right edge which would be covered by matting


12/12/1874 “The Maple Leaf Base-Ball Club, Of Guelph, Ontario, Canada” with nine players and team president in a 9x6 team pose on a shared page measuring 10-3/4 x 16” in better condition with an irregularly trimmed left edge that could be covered by matting


5/16/1885 “Champion Baseball Players” featuring twelve player portraits on a 10-3/4 x 16” page in excellent condition with an overall fresh look, included are HOFers Charles :Old Hoss” Radbourn, William “Buck” Ewing, Michael “King” Kelly, John “Monte” Ward, Jim O’Rourke


5/16/1885 “Champion Baseball Players” identical to the item listed directly above, but in a bit lesser condition with a small edge tear at top right and minor toning on the perimeter


10/17/1885 “The Chicago Baseball Club” featuring eleven Chicago White Stockings players with HOFers Cap Anson, King Kelly and John Clarkson on a page folded to 11x8 and housed in a 14x10 white matting, this piece is pretty much pristine


9/9/1889 Harper’s Weekly magazine complete edition with subtitle “Journal of Civilization” measure 11-1/2 x 16-1/4” and presents in (EX-MT) condition, the first page has a 7-1/2 x 11-1/2” image of HOFer “Buck” Ewing in his New York Gothams (Giants) uniform with catcher’s gear on in a striking pose accompanied by the caption “William Ewing, Captain of the New York Base-Ball Club”


1880s “Two Popular Players of the St. Louis Base-Ball Team” with Browns players Charles Comiskey (HOF) and Arlie Latham, both in 4-1/2 x 7-1/4” panels on an 11 x 8-1/2” page in better condition with small edge nicks that would be covered by matting, also show one small stain on the right side border that does not affect the image area

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