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1883-1891 Nineteenth-Century Scorecard Collection (3)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,233
Collection of three magnificent nineteenth-century Major League scorecards, each featuring a decorative front cover. 1) Circa 1883 Philadelphia Quakers National League scorecard for an exhibition game against the New York Metropolitans of the American Association, held at Recreation Park. The cover features an illustration of a game in progress, surrounded by four sporting vignettes. Presumably, this scorecard dates from the Quakers' inaugural National League season. A copyright date of 1882 appears at the bottom of the cover, and both the Quakers and Metropolitans didn't join their respective leagues until 1883. The fold-over scorecard displays only the names of each team along the interior (Metropolitan is misspelled "Mteropolitan") and the lineups have been written in by hand. Each lineup includes a number of familiar names, including McClellan, Manning, and Lewis for Philadelphia, and Brady, Nelson, and Lynch for New York, but also a number of players who never appeared on either club's official roster. Neatly scored in pencil, recording a 5-4 Metropolitans victory. The Philadelphia Quakers finished in last place in their inaugural 1883 season with a dismal 17-81 record, one of the worst Major League seasons ever recorded. 4.25 x 6.75 inches (folded). Ex. 2) 1886 Pittsburgh Alleghenys American Association program for a game against the Brooklyn Grays. The fold-over scorecard features an illustrated portrait of Allegheny third baseman Arthur Whitney on the cover. Over the years we have seen only a few programs from this colorful series. It is likely that most players from the team were honored with their portrait on a program but very few examples have survived. The preprinted lineups include Barkley, Whitney, and Morris for Pittsburgh, and Pinkney, Swarwood, and McClellan for Brooklyn. Neatly scored in pencil, recording a 1-0 Brooklyn victory. 4 x 6.25 inches (folded). Ex. 3) 1891 Boston Red Stockings American Association scorecard for a game against the Philadelphia Athletics. An extremely rare and unusual style, this scorecard is all the more significant in that it features an illustrated portrait of Arthur Irwin, player/manager of the Boston Red Stockings on the cover. Irwin enjoyed a fine career both as a player and manager, but he is best known today for popularizing the fielder's glove. Many years later, in 1921, his life took a most bizarre turn when he mysteriously vanished from a ship en route to Boston from New York. After he disappeared (it was believed he committed suicide by jumping overboard), it was discovered that he was not only terminally ill at the time, but had also been leading a "double" life. Irwin had a wife and child in Boston, and another wife and three children in New York, and he managed to keep that fact hidden from both family and friends for nearly thirty years. Boston captured the pennant in 1891, which was the American Association's final year (the league was in existence from 1882 through 1891). The scorecard opens up accordion style, revealing four separate panels. The two interior center panels bear the preprinted lineups of each respective team, while the other panels display advertising. Included in the respective lineups are Duffy and Brown for Boston, and Milligan and Larkin for Philadelphia. Neatly scored in pencil, recording an 8-3 Philadelphia victory. 4 x 7 inches (folded). Vg, with a few minor tears and areas of toning. This is a very striking program, and the only example of this style we have ever seen. Total: 3 scorecards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,233
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