1866 Excelsior vs. National of Albany Trophy Baseball....
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B & O Warehouse, 6th Floor
Camden Yard Banquet Room
333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Understanding that ancient trophy baseballs have in recent years been fraudulently reproduced by unscrupulous hobbyists, Heritage submitted this baseball to the scientific laboratories of Orion Analytical, whose two-page report detailing the examination of the ball concludes all materials are proper for the period, and that no signs of "intentional distress" or contrived aging is apparent. This report will be included in the lot.
The "lemon peel" style ball today is coated in real gold leaf, in itself a strong indication of the ball's advanced age, as none of the falsified trophy balls were so painstakingly or expensively crafted. Elegantly painted on one of the panels in bold black lettering is found, "Excelsior 48, National of Albany 28, Aug. 17th, 66." Several artistic fluorishes decorate the edges. A degree of expected wear from the better part of a century and a half is evident, but our catalog photography should accurately indicate that the piece still presents marvelously. Both literally and figuratively, the ball is a genuine treasure of the earliest game, as worthy of a position in the Baseball Hall of Fame or Smithsonian Museum as in the finest of private collections.
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