Lot # 2021: 1913 Major League Indoor Base Ball Game with Rare Promotional Flyer!

Starting Bid: $500.00

Bids: 32 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2019",
which ran from 3/6/2019 3:10 PM to
3/24/2019 6:00 PM



This extraordinary game, manufactured by the Philadelphia Game Company, is widely recognized as the most impressive of all early twentieth-century board games. The striking cover features individual cameo portraits of 16 top stars (one from each American and National League team), 11 of whom were later inducted in into the baseball Hall of Fame: Baker, Cobb, Lajoie, Walsh, Speaker, Johnson, Wallace, Mathewson, Chance, Bresnahan, and Wagner. The other five players pictured are Hal Chase, Red Dooin, Bob Bescher, Nap Rucker, and Johnny Kling. It should be noted that all of the portrait images used on the cover were taken by noted baseball photographer Carl Horner, and all were later used in the production of the respective player's T206 tobacco card, including the legendary Honus Wagner card. The game (19.25 x 13.25 x 2.75 inches) consists of a beautifully finished wood frame with a sturdy cardboard cover and back. The hinged top opens up to reveal an attractive lithographic illustration of a baseball diamond and grandstand filled to capacity, while the interior bottom portion features a large metal spinner which dictates the game action when spun. Also inside are the two original red cardboard boxes that house, respectively, the game lineup cards, and wooden pegs. The game displays wear commensurate with its age and former use, including a few minor abrasions and scratches to the cover, as well to the interior game board. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Accompanied by a rare paper flyer (6 x 10.5 inches) issued by the Philadelphia Game Company in promotion of the game. This is the first example we have ever seen of this promotional flyer and it is perfect for display with the game. The front of the flyer is headlined "Here At Last/Major League Base Ball Game/Real Big League Games at Home" and features a game-in-progress photo of an unidentified catcher and umpire. The text below extolls the game's many attributes ("The Most Exciting Game on Earth," "Every play, every detail, as true as the real game between any Two Major League Clubs on the field"), as well as it's affordability: "Retails at $3.50 (worth $25.00 to anybody's home)." The reverse features testimonials from six prominent Philadelphia sports figures, including Philadelphia A's manager Connie Mack, Philadelphia Phillies manager Red Dooin, and Francis Richter, editor of the Sporting Life. The flyer displays two horizontal folds and two tears that have caused separation along the left border, but there is no paper loss (both of the two torn pieces can be easily reattached by a professional restorer if so desired). In Good condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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