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    1889 The World's Game of Base Ball. Gorgeous graphics and enormous historical relevance make this one of the most desirable entrants in the genre. The "McLoughlin Bros. New York" creation commemorates the first great foreign excursion of our National Pastime, when Albert Spalding led a tour that included the Chicago White Stockings and the All Americas (featuring Ned Hanlon, John Ward, George Wright and more) across the globe, stopping in Europe, Egypt and Great Britain. The incredible graphics on the lid are largely reproduced on the game board, with a spinner in the place of the world globe. Players pictured are Charles Comiskey and Robert Ferguson. Even the nicely turned wooden playing piece are present. Playing rules are inside lid. Expected edge wear is reported, but the condition is remarkably strong for the vintage. Dimensions 9x16". Fewer than five known, and this is both the most complete and finest.


    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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