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1896 Baltimore (vs. Chicago) National League Program (George Hemming on Cover)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,659.00
Extremely rare baseball program dating from the glory years of the legendary 1890s Baltimore Orioles. The colorful cover features a sepia portrait of Baltimore pitcher George Hemming surrounded by a game-in-progress scene and advertising for a number of local Baltimore establishments. A Pepsin Gum advertisement appears on the back cover. The four-page program commemorates a game played in Baltimore against the Chicago Colts. Although undated, according to the Baltimore schedule printed on one of the interior pages, Chicago only visited Baltimore twice during the season. The first three-game series ran from June 11 through June 13th, while the second took place from September 2nd through September 4th. The preprinted lineups include Hall of Famers Joe Kelley, Willie Keeler, Hughie Jennings, and Wilbert Robinson for Baltimore, and Cap Anson, Clark Griffith, and Jimmy Ryan for Chicago. The interior pages are clean and free of tears. The center score pages have not been scored. The program has a light stain in the upper left and lower right corners, but is otherwise in Excellent condition. This is an exceptionally rare, substantial, and attractive program dating from Baltimore's first World Championship season of the decade. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,659.00
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