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1888 New York (vs. Detroit) National League Old Judge Advertising Scorecard with Roger Connor on Cover
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $822.50
Old Judge advertising-style scorecard from an 1888 National League game between the New York Giants and Detroit Wolverines held at the Polo Grounds. This is a spectacular scorecard on many counts. The cover features a woodcut illustration of Hall of Fame first baseman Roger Connor at bat surrounded by advertising for the N172 Old Judge baseball card set, which boldly reads: “Photographs of the New York Giants and all the Professional Ball Players Packed in Every Pack of Old Judge Cigarettes.” Connor is identified below. The cover of the program, which itself is very much like a card, is an extraordinary advertising vehicle for Old Judge Cigarettes and the cards issued by Old Judge. These substantial scorecards are extremely rare. There was obviously a set of these issued, as several different players are known featured on the covers. The interior preprinted lineups of the two-page foldover scorecard include Hall of Famers Buck Ewing, Montgomery Ward, Roger Connor, James O’Rourke, and Tim Keefe for the Giants, and Dan Brouthers for Detroit. The scorecard (4.25 x 7.25 inches, folded) is lightly toned and has been neatly scored in pencil (recording an 8-0 win by the Giants). The back cover displays both surface paper loss and adhesive residue from having once been mounted in a scrapbook and later removed. It is interesting to note that virtually all programs of this style that we have seen have originated from a single old-time collection that was assembled in the early 1900s, comprised of approximately 100 programs (only five or six of this style), and virtually all had back damage from at one time being stored in a scrapbook. Despite the flaws of the reverse (a little glue and some paper loss affecting only an ad for Tutti Frutti Gum), the cover has a strong Vg-Ex to Excellent appearance. This is a great program which would be a significant addition to any substantial nineteenth-century memorabilia or baseball-card collection. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $822.50
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