Description

    Circa 1890 Game of Base Ball. Several versions of this game emerged in the Temple Cup era of our National Pastime, issued by various creators, but this "Selchow & Righter" specimen is the only one of its type we've encountered. Game play is simple, with the rules right on the lid. A spinner dictates the play, and wooden pegs (two are present) move about the bases. Spinner shows wear and some handwriting, but lid and game box are solid. Five inches square in size. 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 this lot is one 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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