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Lot Number: 78

Description: Rare 1894 Temple Cup color tinted print. In 1894, Pittsburgh Pirates team owner and business magnate, William Chase Temple, offered an ornate 30" tall silver trophy cup to the winner of a post-season best of seven game series to be played between the top two teams in the then National League. Played from 1894 through 1897, the Series became known as the Temple Cup and is regarded as the precursor to the modern day World Series. Noted period illustration artist Hy Sandman created this rendering of the 1894 match-up between the Baltimore Orioles and New York Giants which is generally regarded as one of the finest baseball related display pieces of the period. The work was published in several different variations with the offered having been printed in 1897. Titled within the wide white bottom border "A Base Ball Game" it was published in Paris by Boussod, Valadon and Company. The 26.75"x43.75" visible area exhibits subtle hints of light wear with scattered surface wrinkling visible upon close inspection. Extremely minor age toning with lower left corner exhibiting a slightly lighter coloring. Museum quality framed to 36"x53": EX/MT

Estimated Price Range: ($10,000-$15,000)

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