Lot # 23: Circa 1860 Abner Doubleday CDV

Starting Bid: $200.00

Bids: 11 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Fall 2019",
which ran from 11/20/2019 12:30 PM to
12/8/2019 6:00 PM

Carte-de-visite photograph of Civil War general Abner Doubleday. While we have handled many Doubleday CDVs over the years, this is the first example featuring this particular pose we have ever offered. The bust-length image pictures Doubleday in full military uniform as he gazes to the left. The photographer's credit stamp, "Edouart & Cobb 594 Kearney St. San Francisco," appears on the reverse. Also featured on the reverse are Doubleday's name (written in pencil) and a vintage black-ink inscription reading "Commanding Division/1st Corps. Army of/Potomac at Gettysburg." Doubleday is credited with firing the first shot at Fort Sumter during the Civil War, and also saw action in Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. In 1907 the Mills Commission named him the inventor of baseball. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the myth still persists to this day. While most scholars agree that Doubleday did not invent the game of baseball, his name is still very much a part of baseball lore, especially in its connection to the Hall of Fame. Interestingly, when Doubleday passed away in 1893, his obituary described him as a man "who did not care for outdoor sports." The CDV (2.5 x 4.25 inches) displays a chip in the lower right corner and is otherwise in Excellent condition. SGC has encapsulated the CDV and certified it as "Authentic." Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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