Love of the Game February 2, 2013 Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/3/2013
Extraordinary tintype, likely dating to the 1870s or 1880s, among the earliest photographic images of baseball in this country.  This image depicts a family playing baseball outside a home, a young woman holding a ball, preparing to pitch to a young man in a baseball uniform.  Also in the photo is an older woman, preparing to catch the pitch, and a small girl, standing by, watching.  They're all too close together!  Someone's going to get hurt!  As is typically the case with baseball-related tintypes, the player featured (the young man with the bat) is not identified.

This is a very unusual photo, in that the majority of tintypes are studio photos, taken indoors.  This one was clearly taken outside, in a yard.  As with many tintypes, this one has several imperfections which include some minor scratching and two clipped corners.  Still, a strong image and a unique subject, a family playing baseball together out in the yard.
Beautiful C. 1870s-1880s baseball tintype
Beautiful C. 1870s-1880s baseball tintype
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $300
Final prices include buyers premium.: $502
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Sunday, February 3, 2013.
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