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1887 Pittsburgh Nationals (vs. New York) Program

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,997.50

Two-page fold-over program for an 1887 National League game between Pittsburgh and New York. Extremely rare portrait-style program at Pittsburgh is apparently one of a series issued featuring Pittsburgh players. This program (4.25 x 7 inches) features a finely rendered portrait image of Hall of Famer Pud Galvin. Galvin, also known as “The Little Steam Engine,” was one of the top pitchers of the era and finished his career with 361 wins. The program has been neatly scored in pencil and records a 4-3 victory by New York. The preprinted lineup features Ewing, Ward, Connor, and O’Rourke for New York. Mattimore, who only played with New York in 1887, is listed as the pitcher for the Giants, thus conclusively dating the program to that year. The back cover has advertisements for two Pittsburgh area businesses: a sports newspaper and a liquor store. The front cover has two moderate diagonal creases in the lower right corner, and a virtually undetectable separation along the spine that appears to have been professionally repaired. Programs featuring player portraits represent one of the most overlooked values of all nineteenth-century baseball items. This is the only example of this rare program we have ever seen. In Very Good condition overall. From the Barry Halper Collection. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,997.50

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