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Rare Turn-of-the-Century Baseball Broadside Collection (7)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,293
This grouping of rare and early baseball broadsides is a collection unto itself and heralds games involving amateur, collegiate, and professional clubs, including the Washington Senators, Dartmouth, Cornell, Penn, and the Mohawk Colored Giants. All of the broadsides appear to be printed on paper stock and each is framed to slightly larger dimensions. 1) 1892 broadside announcing a "Grand Base Ball Match" between the Mediterranean Fishing Club and the Bennet Associates held at the Congress Street Grounds on Thursday, September 1, 1892. Interestingly, the broadside makes special note that the clubs will be vying "For a Purse of $200." The Congress Street Grounds were home to the Boston Reds of the Players' League in 1890 and again in 1891, when the team joined the American Association. Later, in 1894, the Boston Beaneaters used the field as its home grounds for two months while the South End Grounds were being rebuilt following the Great Roxbury Fire on May 15th. 5.75 x 9 inches. Vg; with light surface wear, folds, minor creases, and a few small interior tears. 2) Circa 1890 broadside announcing a game between the Star City Club of Miamisburg, Ohio, and the Henleys at the Henley Base Ball and Bicycle Park on June 21st. Although no year is given, the uniform style of the two illustrated ballplayers featured on the advertisement strongly suggest the piece dates from late 1800s. Research indicates that June 21st fell on a Sunday in the years 1874, 1885, 1891, and 1896. 6 x 9.25 inches. Vg-Ex; with folds and minor creasing throughout. 3) 1903 broadside announcing the opening game of the season between Palmyra and Hummelstown at the racetrack on Saturday, May 30th. Special note is made that "The Base Ball Season of 1903 will open in this place." Both Hummelstown and Palmyra are towns located in Pennsylvania. 13 x 19.5 inches. Gd/Vg; with tears along both the top and bottom borders (paper loss), and a few light stains. 4) 1905 broadside heralding a game between the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell at Percy Field in Ithaca, New York. The top of the broadside announces "Baseball/ Today/Before The Boat Races." Ideally, the broadside features team photos of each club, which helps to date the piece; one of the Penn players is wearing a sweater lettered "1905." 8 x 20 inches. Vg; with folds, moderate creasing, and very light foxing. 5) Circa 1910 broadside announcing a ball game between the varsity and alumni of Dartmouth College on the Alumni Oval. "Come and see the old base ball heroes of Dartmouth show the Varsity how to play the game." A number of the former stars, and their years of graduation are listed on the piece, including "Ex-Capt. Abbott '91." 4 x 10 inches. Vg-Ex; with folds and minor creasing. 6) 1924 broadside announcing the the final train excursion of the season to Washington, D.C., on September 7, 1924, to watch the Senators play the Boston Red Sox. "Last big league game of the season in Washington, unless Washington wins the American League pennant." Photos of both Bucky Harris and Goose Goslin are featured on the advertisement, as is the train schedule and fares. Issued by the Southern Railway System. 7.75 x 23 inches. Vg-Ex; with folds and two small areas of light discoloration. 7) Circa 1931 broadside announcing two games at Bidwell Park in Mellenville, New York, each involving the hometown Philmonts. The first, on June 11th, is against the Mohawk Colored Giants of Schenectady, and the second is against the Kingston Home Leaders. 6 x 9.5 inches. Ex; with two small pinholes along the top border. Total: 7 broadsides, each framed to slightly larger dimensions. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,293
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