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Extraordinary 1885 Brooklyn Base Base Club Portrait Scorecards Complete Set (14 Programs)
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $4,930.00
In the mid-1880s, the Brooklyn Base Ball Club of the American Association produced a series of extremely attractive scorecards featuring portraits of each team member. Only several examples from the series were known to exist when, about 100 years later, an amazing collection of nineteenth-century Brooklyn scorecards from a single devoted fan surfaced intact in the 1980s. The collection totaled 168 scorecards, spanned many years, and included approximately thirty scorecards of the offered style featuring player portraits. The gentleman who purchased the entire find sold them off over the next couple of years, but unbeknownst to us, he kept one of each of the prize portrait-style programs. In many cases the example he kept was the only program from the find featuring a given ballplayer, and is the only example known. Presented is a simply astounding collection of all fourteen different portrait-style programs dating from 1885 and 1886 from this great find. It is uncertain if this represents the complete set, but that seems very likely, and we are unaware of the existence of any other players in the series. The cover design of each fold-over scorecard features a beautiful black and white portrait illustration of an individual team member set against a colorful floral display. The preprinted lineups for both Brooklyn and its respective opponents are featured on the interior, with local advertisements printed on the back covers of many (six are blank). All have carefully written, neat pencil notations on the interior and/or back cover, including the dates of the games, umpires, etc. The players represented on the covers of these fourteen programs, along with the respective opponent, are as follows: 1) Manager C. M. Hackett, vs. Pittsburgh; 2) Henry Porter, vs. Baltimore; 3) C. H. Robinson, vs. Virginia (not an AA League game); 4) Peter Hotaling, vs. New York (1886 season); 5) John Cassidy, vs. New York; 6) John Harkins, vs. Louisville (no advertising on back cover); 7) John Hayes, vs. Louisville; 8) George Pinkney, vs. Cincinnati with McPhee listed in lineup (1886, no advertising on back cover); 9) George Smith, vs. Pittsburgh; 10) William McClellan, vs. Pittsburgh; 11) William Phillips, vs. Baltimore (no advertising on back cover); 12) Ed Swartwood, vs. Philadelphia with Stovey listed in lineup (no advertising on back cover); 13) William Terry, vs. St. Louis (no advertising on back cover); 14) Will Krieg, vs. New York. All of the scorecards (4 x 6 inches, folded) have been neatly scored in pencil. Each scorecard exhibits some minor wear, averaging Vg-Ex to Ex in grade with the exception of the Terry, Harkins, Hotaling and Porter scorecards (Gd-Vg). Each was the best of the find. This is a remarkable and unique collection of these rare programs, issued in tribute to the hometown favorite Brooklyn Base Ball Club of the American Association in the 1880s, from one of the most significant finds of nineteenth-century scorecards in the history of collecting. Total 14 scorecards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000. SOLD FOR $4,930.00
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