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1878-1897 Baseball Scorecards Collection (20)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,993.75
This outstanding collection of rare nineteenth-century baseball programs and scorecards spans the years 1878 to 1897 and is comprised of thirteen Major League scorecards, one minor league scorecard, three college scorecards (one is a 1878/1879 Yale score book), and three generic scorecards (no preprinted names). Included are many unusual rarities. Unless otherwise noted, all of the scorecards have been scored in pencil and range in condition from Vg to Ex. Many display small areas of light age toning or soiling, with a few also displaying a few extraneous period pencil notations either along the interior or on one or both covers (i.e., the date, names of teams, etc.). Each scorecard is of the fold-over variety, with a few exhibiting some very minor tears along the edges of the fold line. Sizes range from 2.75 x 5 to 6.25 x 10.25 inches (folded). The fourteen Major League scorecards are listed by year, with league (National League or American Association), home team (listed first), opponent and Hall of Fame players duly noted. Major League Scorecards. 1884: AA, Brooklyn vs. Pittsburgh; AA, Brooklyn vs. New York; AA, New York vs. Toledo, Gd-Vg (clear tape repair along the interior spine); AA, Brooklyn vs. Pittsburgh. 1886: NL, Boston vs. New York (Radbourne, Connor, Ward, and Welch); (completely split along the spine). 1887: NL, Pittsburgh vs. Detroit (Brouthers, Thompson and Hanlon), Gd (small tears). 1888: AA, Brooklyn vs. Philadelphia (small paper loss at bottom of back page from scrapbook removal otherwise Gd); AA, Cincinnati vs. Brooklyn "accordian-style" (McPhee), pictures John Reilly on cover, Gd (clear tape repair along the interior spine). 1889: AA, Brooklyn vs. Louisville (extremely substantial thirty-two page "yearbook-style" program featuring portrait photos of team members, Vg-Ex); AA, Louisville vs. St. Louis (McCarthy and Comiskey). 1892: NL, Boston vs. Philadelphia (McCarthy, Duffy, Kelly, Clarkson, Hamilton, Connor, Delahanty, and Thompson). 1897: NL, Baltimore vs. New York (Keeler, Jennings, and Beckley). Very substantial and colorful cover; this rare style is usually seen with player portrait, but this example is blank where portrait is designed to appear. 1898: NL, Chicago vs. Cincinnati (Griffith, Beckley, and McPhee), woodcut portrait of Thomas Burns pictured on cover, woodcut portraits of eleven players including Frank Chance inside. Rare and very substantial, ten pages, Vg. Minor League: Very substantial 1896 Milwaukee Western League program for a game between Milwaukee and Detroit, Gd (separation along spine), features wood cut of Milwaukee catcher Spear. College Scorecards. The highlight of the college scorecards is a hardcover “Spalding New and Improved Pocket Base Ball Score Book” that records games played by the Yale baseball team in the fall of 1878 and spring of 1879. Numerous games against Harvard are recorded here, as are a few intrasquad games. The most significant entry is for a game played on June 11, 1879, against the National League Providence Grays, whose lineup includes George Wright, Jim O’Rourke, and Montgomery Ward (Yale won the game 10-6!). Twenty games are recorded in the book, all of which are neatly scored in pencil. Two other college scorecards offered in the collection: an 1882 Harvard score issued for a game between the 1882 Harvard Nine vs. the 1877 Harvard Nine (with Thayer and Tyng in the lineup for the 1877 team), not scored; and a program issued for a game between Harvard and Princeton (year unknown, with heavy paper residue on reverse from having been removed from an album). Generic Scorecards. Three generic scorecards (no preprinted names), each featuring colorful illustrations on the cover and the following respective captions: “Two out, Two Strikes & Three on Base,” “Put it Here, “ and “A High Fly.” Total: 20 scorecards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $4,993.75
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