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Nineteenth-Century Baseball Scorecard Collection (10)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,938
This collection of rare nineteenth-century baseball programs dates from the 1880s and is comprised of five Major League scorecards, four generic scorecards (no preprinted names), and one unusual promotional scorecard that does not actually score a baseball game, but advertises for a business of F. C. Bancroft, featuring an illustrated portrait of Providence manager F. C. Bancroft on the cover (identical in style to a series of baseball scorecards of the same year). Unless otherwise noted, all of the Major League scorecards have been scored in pencil and many display a few related period pencil notations along the interior. Each scorecard in the collection is of the fold-over variety and sizes range from 2.75 x 5 to 4 x 6 inches (folded). Major League Scorecards. 1) 1884 Brooklyn American Association scorecard for a game against Columbus. The cover features a cartoon silhouette of a ballplayer. The preprinted lineups include Cassidy and Corcoran for Brooklyn, and Mann and Richmond for Columbus. The date June 19, 1884, is written in pencil in the interior. The scorecard, which records a 7-6 Brooklyn victory, is separated along the spine and has been repaired by means of clear tape, otherwise in Very Good condition. 2) 1885 Brooklyn American Association scorecard for a game against Pittsburgh. The cover features an illustrated portrait of Brooklyn outfielder C. E. Swartwood. The preprinted lineups include Swartwood and Phillips for Brooklyn, and Eden and Kuehne for Pittsburgh. The scorecard, which records a 2-1 Brooklyn victory, is in Very Good condition, with slight separation along the spine as well as a few minor edge tears. 3) 1885 Cincinnati American Association scorecard for a game against St. Louis. An illustrated portrait of Cincinnati pitcher Tony Mullane, known as “The Apollo of the Box,” adorns the front cover. The preprinted lineups include Mullane and McPhee for Cincinnati, and Comiskey and O’Neil for St. Louis (the eventual League champions). The scorecard, which records a 5-1 St. Louis victory, has had expert restoration to the spine and a vertical tear/crease on the cover; it is otherwise in Very Good condition. 4) 1885 Brooklyn American Association scorecard for an exhibition game against Providence of the National League. The cover features an illustrated portrait of Brooklyn catcher Jackie Hayes. The preprinted lineups include Swartwood and Pickney for Brooklyn, and Carroll and Hines for Providence. The date, Saturday, October 17, 1885, is written in pencil along the interior. The card records a 12-4 Brooklyn victory and is in Very Good condition. 5) 1886 Cincinnati American Association scorecard for a game against Louisville. An illustrated portrait of Cincinnati catcher James Keenan is featured on the cover. The preprinted lineups include McPhee and Reilly for Cincinnati, and Browning and Hecker for Louisville. The card, which records a 5-1 Louisville victory, has a name written in blue ink on the interior, but is otherwise in Excellent condition. 6-9) Collection of four generic late 1880s scorecards. These four scorecards (each 2.75 x 5 inches) constitute a set and each features a generic illustration of a baseball player on the cover together with a descriptive title: “Put It Here,” “Low Ball,” “A High Fly,” and “Two Out, Two Strikes & Three On Bases.” None of the cards has been scored and each bears advertising on the reverse for Dyer & Co., a sporting goods company located in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Each of the cards is crisp and clean, one (“Put It Here”) displays a hint of minor staining along the back cover; otherwise all four generic scorecards are in Near Mint condition. 10) 1884 advertising "scorecard" promoting the Bijou Skating Club, a business interest of baseball manager Frank C. Bancroft. This fold-over card, identical in design and size (3.75 x 6 inches) to a series of Major League baseball scorecards from the era, features an illustrated portrait of F. C. Bancroft, manager of the Providence Grays in 1884. Bancroft led Providence to the first World Championship in baseball history in 1884 when his Providence club swept the New York Metropolitans of the American Association in Major League Baseball's inaugural World Series. In addition to his fame on the diamond, Bancroft was also the president of the Bijou Skating Club, an indoor roller skating rink. These cards were distributed as advertisements for his establishment, and the card is dated for the 1884/1885 season. The interior, instead of displaying a scorecard, features promotional text under the heading "Manager's Card" by Bancroft, who was apparently the manager of the rink. In Very Good to Excellent condition. Total: 10 scorecards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,938
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