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    1886 Home Base Ball Game. This game was unboxed and sold with the directions and the game board only, both of which are present here. It utilized two standard dice. The combinations from two through twelve dictated the play. The beautiful graphics feature the New York skyline in the background. Created by McLoughlin Brothers. Board measures 15.5x13" open. A second baseball image adorns the "cover" of the playing surface when folded. Peerless nineteenth century graphics. Edge and corner wear, but the image area is clean and gorgeous. The only example known.


    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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    May, 2013
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