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1877-1883 Alert/Beacon B.B.C. Silver Trophy Ball in Original Peck & Snyder Box

Lot Number 479

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In the elite domain of 19th-century trophy balls, silver examples are in a class by themselves. Unlike gold-painted trophy balls that were generally used in game play before being decorated for presentation, their silver counterparts were expensive, elegant, prestigious showpieces bought explicitly as prizes from esteemed manufacturing companies—in this instance, the sports-equipment (and seminal-baseball-card) producer Peck & Snyder. According to its engraved text, the life-size, figure-eight-seamed ball was first awarded to the Alert Base Ball Club in 1877 and 1878, then to the Beacon Base Ball Club in 1883. Although the name "Alert" is attached to many teams of the era (most notably in upstate New York), our research indicates that the "Beacon" name originates from the Boston area and was not used in other regions of the country. Scattered light tarnish and a dime-sized, side-panel dent are the extent of noticeable age wear on this spectacular beauty, which boasts a highly reflective, mirror-like luster. The accompanying hinged box (GD exterior, EX interior) measures 4 x 4 x 3-1/2" and features a purple-velour lining with the gold-embossed "Peck & Snyder" imprint. As a point of comparison, we last had the pleasure of auctioning an 1870s silver trophy ball back in 2014, and that one—honoring a US Post Office branch team—sold for over $8,000.

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