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Circa 1908 "The National Indoor Baseball" Game

Lot Number 354

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Description



Incredibly well-preserved National Indoor Base Ball Game was patented May 26, 1908.  This is likely the finest surviving example, featuring a near-flawless "Playing Field".   Amazingly, it also includes all 4 Figural Cast Metal Baserunners, and all 10 original Balls.  This lot even includes the original promotional Pamphlet, circa 1908, as well as a period small newspaper ad which pictures and promotes this very Game.

The playing field is predominantly green and tan, which represents the infield and the outfield.   All nine players are depicted at their respective positions.  A gorgeous and ornate "Eagle and Flags" Insignia resides at the lower-right corner, and includes the May 26, 1908 Patent Date.

The ball is dropped through a hole in front of the Pitcher, and rolls down to the Batter.  The ball can then be struck with the bat.  There is a "cavity" in front of each position player, which represents an "out", if the ball is hit there.  If the pitch is missed, it will fall into the Catcher's "cavity", and is a strike.  Amazingly, there is little-to-no evidence of actual play... typically there would be scratching/denting from the metal balls and on-field activity.

Don't miss this opportunity to obtain this incredibly rare game in stellar condition.  This is believed to be the only surviving example to include all of the original Balls and Baserunners.



 
 
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