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    1878-80 The National Game of Base Ball. The earliest baseball card game known to exist, and the finest representation of the three that are counted in the official census. The game maker and lithographer E.I. Horsman was a very famous maker of dolls and games in this age, and he follows the period rules of the game with its antiquated notions of balls required for a walk and catching the ball on a bounce. This is the only representation with the complete population of cards and the official paper rules. Marvelous super-early baseball game image on lid, which measures 4.25x6.25". Expected edge wear is the only condition issue worth noting, and our catalog imagery should indicate just how strong the aesthetics remain.


    The Dr. Mark Cooper Collection of Vintage Baseball Games


    In the preface to his definitive guide on the topic, Baseball Games: Home Versions of the National Pastime 1860s - 1960's, Dr. Cooper points to the absence of a clock, the "timelessness" of the sport, that makes it the perfect subject for board games. But his remarkable collection, likewise documented in the popular volume Smithsonian Baseball: Inside the World's Finest Private Collections, is timeless in more ways than one. Most of us discovered our love of the sport of baseball in our youth, and it lives forever in this joyful assembly that transports us back to our own childhood, and that of our National Pastime.

    Represented in the following lots are many of the key entrants in Cooper's peerless collection, a study in the evolution of the both sport and this fascinating collecting subgenre. Whether the fascination is delivered through marvelous period graphics, groundbreaking mechanical interface, or some combination of the two, these games are certain to transport their new owners to a simpler age when both our National Pastime and the notion of childhood existed in a far purer form.


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    Auction Dates
    Dec-Jan, 2014
    22nd-19th Sunday-Sunday
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