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1894 Temple Cup Presentation Program
Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $4,025.00
Special edition Broadway theater program, dated October 14th, 1894, was issued to commemorate the first presentation of The Temple Cup, which for the season of 1894 was awarded to the New York Ball Club. From 1894 to 1897, The Temple Cup was presented to the winner of the postseason series played between the first and second place teams of the National League. The Temple Cup series was the immediate predecessor to our modern-day World Series. The magnificent graphic cover of this eight-page program features portraits of the entire New York Base Ball Club surrounding a larger portrait of Hall of Famer John Ward. It is interesting to note that the cover design is very similar to that of the Temple Cup game program of 1894. Interior pages feature advertising, and a schedule of the evening's events, which are comprised of various speakers giving praise to the New York Champions, and climaxes with the actual presentation of The Temple Cup (which now resides on permanent display at The Hall of Fame in Cooperstown). There are only two or three examples known of this significant rarity. This example was once a part of the famous Halper Collection. It appeared as Lot #309 in the 1999 Halper Auction, where it sold for $4,600, and has been consigned to this auction directly by the original purchaser at that historic sale. The program includes its original tasseled string binding, players are neatly identified on the cover in black ink above their portraits, and notations in the same hand on the inside back cover detail the Baltimore and New York lineups and the result of the series. The two eyelets on each of the two interior pages have torn and there is a small chip to the upper left corner of the back cover. Despite minor flaws the program is still very attractive, displays beautifully and is in overall Very Good condition. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $4,025.00
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