Love of the Game February 2, 2013 Auction
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Interesting collection of two 19th century die-cut baseball figures.  

First, an image of Hall of Famer Dan Brouthers, cut from a giant, full-color advertising poster issued by Goodwin in 1888, advertising Old Judge Cigarettes.  The original poster included images of 28 players in poses similar to their Old Judge baseball cards, except considerably larger (approximately 5 3/4" in height).  In the 19th century a popular pastime was assembling scrapbooks with cutout "die-cuts" and advertising trade cards.  Occasionally, cut-out players from that poster materialize at auction, likely removed from the advertising poster and pasted into period scrapbooks.  That appears to be the case with this Brothers.  The poster itself is extremely rare, with just one example having surfaced at auction some time ago and another part of the archives of the Baseball Hall of Fame.  This is a beautiful example, with some slight added paper near home plate and a clean back.  Typically when found, these items resemble "die-cuts" in that the player images are completely removed from their backgrounds.  In this case, the player image retains some of its colorful background, with Brouthers identified underneath.  In the foreground, the Goodwin 1888 copyright can be seen, which is what helped us to identify this piece.

Second, an 1880s era die cut depicting a player diving into a base, underneath an awaiting fielder.  The piece measures approximately 5x4" and features vivit color, in apparent EX/MT condition with the exception of some paper loss on the base itself, consistent with having been removed from an album.  The reverse, which is blank, also includes some mild paper loss consistent with scrapbook removal.

Two beautiful 19th Century pieces, including one Hall of Famer culled from a rare and highly desirable advertising poster. 
19th Century baseball die-cuts collection (2) including 1888 Old Judge Dan Brouthers (HOF)19th Century baseball die-cuts collection (2) including 1888 Old Judge Dan Brouthers (HOF)
19th Century baseball die-cuts collection (2) including 1888 Old Judge Dan Brouthers (HOF)
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Minimum Bid: $200
Final prices include buyers premium.: $236
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Sunday, February 3, 2013.
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