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    1883 The Diamond Puzzle Game. The art is charming, but the puzzles are literally the simplest on Earth, five different images made up of two pieces each--in fact, it would appear that any lower portion would match any upper portion. Nonetheless, baseball material from the first several decades of the sport's existence is rare and coveted, and this is the only known example known of this creation by the "Chicago & Atlantic Railway." The box is quite tattered but its contents are complete and undamaged. We believe this was a toy given to children on long train rides to keep them occupied. Each completed puzzle measures approximately four inches square.


    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.


    Guide Value or Estimate: $1,000 - up.

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