Scenes from baseball's antiquity are spotlighted with this 1880s-1910s real photo postcard and cabinet card lot of (8). Team photos, on field game action and packed grandstands make this significant selection a well-rounded grouping, with all but (1) piece reporting as above average. Given their regional or local origins, all of these antique cards position as scarce. Featured are:
(2) c.1880s-1890s Cabinet Cards:
"Fitchville" team photo 7-3/4 x 5-3/4" cabinet photo with players wearing "pillbox" style caps, (VG) solid and fairly clean, no identifiers or credits noted
"BPA" team photo 6-1/2 x 4-1/4" cabinet photo (PR) with considerable wear, however it retains nice gloss and distinct player images; printed on the reverse is "A.B. Buell, Photographer" and "E.L. Smith;" also bears written notations on the reverse;
(6) c.1900s-1910s Postcards:
"Athletic Field - Hershey, PA." game action postcard of unusual 5-1/2 x 2-3/4" size, title caption includes the legend "Home of the Hershey Chocolate Co.;" this unused card rates as (VG+) with distinct images and clean surfaces;
"Illinois 11, Chicago 4, Mar. 19, 1911" crowd scene standard size postcard; obverse presents EX detail, reverse bears considerable album paper/adhesive residue; printed at left on the reverse is "Strauch's Student Life series University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana;"
Untitled standard size postcard with obverse photo of a ladies only seating section, with a couple of players in the foreground, (VG-EX) unused with nice gloss;
"Wausau Red Sox, Champions 1914" standard size team photo postcard (VG+) unused with nice gloss;
Untitled game action standard size postcard with white border (EX) unused with nice gloss;
"Fowler's Field Berwick Base Ball Grounds, Berwick, Pa." standard size game action postcard with U.S. Flag in lower right corner (VG) unused, printed on the reverse with "Newvochrome ANC N.Y. Leipzig, Berlin, Dresden, Printed in Germany" and "No. E 2383, Published by W.F. McMichael, Berwick, Pa."