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    Early 1870's Washington Olympics Base Ball Club Photographic Display One of twelve members of the National Association of Base Ball Players to go pro, the Washington Olympics were a charter member of that first-ever professional baseball league (NAPBBP), playing their home games at Olympic Grounds, just a few hundred yards north of the White House. When the legendary Cincinnati Red Stockings dissolved, the Olympic club hired five of its members, the balance going to Boston under the leadership of Harry Wright. Many sportswriters referred to the Washington team as "the Blue Stockings," but ultimately the name of their home ballpark would become their official moniker.

    It's always a risky business to attempt player identifications, particularly when the available imagery of 1870's baseball stars is so limited, but we believe we've spotted Asa Brainard, Davy Force, George Hall and Doug Allison among the nine individual photographs that are neatly arranged here amidst elegant "Olympic B.B.C." calligraphed text. Each individual sepia-toned photo measures approximately 4x3", with the full dimensions of the piece inclusive of its elegant original frame being 24x20".

    There's so much to love here, from the bib-front jerseys to the silk bow ties to the marvelous clarity of the images themselves. A degree of handling and storage wear is to be expected and accepted, but our catalog imagery should convey that the overall aesthetics remain wonderfully strong. You'll find few contemporary items that have stood the test of time so impressively. An absolute treasure for the intrepid collectors of the nineteenth century game.


    Guide Value or Estimate: $10,000 - up.

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    Bidding Begins Approx.
    April
    16th Thursday
    Auction Dates
    May
    7th-9th Thursday-Saturday
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    14 Days
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