Grail quality American advertising piece, marries the symbiotic relationship of tobacco advertising and the game of baseball, one of true tentpoles of our hobby. Smart lithograph features more members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame than just about any other 19th Century piece. The lineup here is as solid as any world championship club and as sexy as a set of Kalamazoo Bats. What this all boils down is a paradise ballpark of the game's earliest days replete with diamond, stands, fans, period adverting and the ballplayers that make it all go round and round. At the diamond are the highest caliber players of the day, the executives who keep the order, and the veterans that started it all. It boasts such luminaries as original catcher Buck Ewing, tragic Charlie Bennett, Boston's Honest John Morrill, crack hurler Tim Keefe, original slugger Dan Brouthers, pioneer N.E. Young, NL President AG Mills, founder Albert Goodwill Spalding, the icon Cap Anson, home run king Harry Stovey, and the one and only Harry Wright. This is A Who's Who of the 19th Century game, packed with talent and value.
Imprinted by publisher "Root and Tinker, Tribune Bldg. New York 1884", it features Climax Tobacco advertising from the venerable firm of P. Lorillard at bottom. Measuring approximately 22x28", this is a sepia milk bath for the soul. The piece has been mounted on linen and cautiously conserved by an unequaled artisan. Roughly 10-15% of the piece has been professionally and it looks fabulous.