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1886 Allegheny (vs. Baltimore) American Association Scorecard (George Miller)
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $2,937.50
This rare and extremely attractive two-page fold-over scorecard, featuring a portrait image of Allegheny catcher George "Doogie" Miller on the cover, was issued for an American Association game between Allegheny (Pittsburgh) and Baltimore at Recreation Park in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh programs featuring player portraits are among the rarest of all 1880s programs of this style. Presumably quite a few Pittsburgh players were honored in this manner, but these programs are so rare that a checklist has yet to be compiled. In addition to being very rare, the colorful Allegheny portrait programs are also among the most attractive of all nineteenth-century scorecards. Based upon the names listed in the preprinted lineups for each club, this program can only date from the 1886 season. 1886 was Pittsburgh's final season in the American Association. The following year the franchise joined the National League. Miller was a particularly popular player, and nineteenth-century card collectors are especially familiar with him as he was one of only six ballplayers chosen to be included in the N29 and N43 Allen & Ginter Champions sets. A blue-ink notation scripted along the interior reads "The year 1886." A second blue-ink notation, "From Charles L. Sieburg," appears on the back cover. The program (4. 6.25 inches) has not been scored and, aside from the two ink notations, is in Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $2,937.50
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