An extraordinary circa 1885-1887 collectible fan featuring Cap Anson.






      
Lot 5. An extraordinary circa 1885-1887 collectible fan featuring Cap Anson.

Winning Bid  $10,000
Issued as part of a set with three other baseball players, all all-time-greats – John Ward, Chuck Comiskey and Curtis Welch. The fans were designed to have advertising added to the backs and had sticks added to hold it. The photo, in magnificent color, was 7 ½” in diameter. 1887 was a likely year of issue as Welch, the only non HOF’er was with the Browns (with Comiskey) only from 1885 to 1887 and led the Browns to American Associations Championship each year. Anson, of course was widely recognized and generally accepted to be the best player of the 19th century. The fan is in a 21” x 13” frame with a red border and a light blue matte has been die cut to fit around the frame. A photo of the back of the fan, which illustrates the three different ads that are on the back of the ad, is in a separate die cut area on the matte. The Anson fan is in immaculate condition. Four proofs (with no advertising and no holders) went for $19,861 in a Mastronet April 2003 auction. THERE IS A RESERVE ON THIS LOT. Winning Bid $10,000


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