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1890 Players League Program NY vs. Chi
Starting Bid - $700.00, Sold For - $1,840.00
All materials from the renegade "Players League" are very rare and historically significant. Perhaps because the teams were so financially strapped, and because attendance was relatively modest, programs from this one-year league, formed by players challenging the power structure of the status quo, are extremely rare. Offered is a fold-over scorecard commemorating a game between the New York and Chicago clubs. Both were powerhouses of the short-lived league, and the preprinted lineups include Hall of Famers Buck Ewing, Roger Connor, Jim O'Rourke, Tim Keefe, and Hugh Duffy. Also of note, the cover advertises "Keefe Official Players League Ball," and the interior advertisement for the E.R. Williams Base Ball Game features a small identified woodcut portrait of Buck Ewing. The interior is neatly scored in pencil (New York won, 5-4). This is one of the four or five New York Players League programs that surfaced from a very large old-time program collection in the late 1980s. Very clean, with just a hint of paper loss to the reverse (not even affecting any advertising text) where it apparently was long ago saved in an album and later removed, otherwise Excellent condition. Reserve $700. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $1,840.00
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