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1859 Olympic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn Constitution
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,600.00
1859 Constitution and By-Laws for the Olympic Base Ball Club of South Brooklyn (24 pages plus covers, published by Wm. D. Roe & Co., Stationers and Printers, No.59 Wall Street), issued to team members. The Olympics were one of the most prominent clubs of the era, and are of all the greater significance as one of the earliest teams based in Brooklyn. They were also charter members of The National Association of Base Ball Players, the very first formal baseball organization. All baseball constitutions and by-laws dating from the 1850's are extremely rare. An example such as this, from such an important team, is an extraordinary find. This is the only example of this great rarity we have ever seen. Includes by-laws, rules of the game as at this time just adopted by the National Association of Base Ball Players, and two pages devoted to a list of NABBP member teams, accompanied by a schedule listing each team's date of organization, places of play (for example, "Elysian Fields, Hoboken" for the Knickerbockers), and "Dates of Play" (the days of the week each club has scheduled to play). The constitution has only minor imperfections to the cover, and otherwise has very little wear, especially considering age and fragile construction. There is a little tape along the spine, and a piece of paper affixed to the inside cover neatly lists the names and positions of team members, and has probably been their since 1859. Overall in Good to Very Good condition. An extremely significant rarity dating from the earliest days of baseball in Brooklyn. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $4,600.00
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