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1889 Brooklyn BBC Yearbook-Style Program
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $533.25
Brooklyn BBC yearbook-style program issued for an American Association game against the Kansas City Cowboys in 1889. Perhaps it was the optimism felt by the team's strong second-place showing in the 1888 season. Or maybe it was simply a matter of aesthetic sensibilities. Whatever the reason, in 1889 the Brooklyn Bridegrooms of the American Association ceased producing simple two-page fold-over scorecards for their games (the norm for nearly all other teams of that era) and instead issued magnificent 32-page "yearbook" style programs. These official score books are very substantial, with interior pages featuring full-page individual portraits and brief player biographies, along with local advertising. The programs were obviously a hit with fans, as the team repeated the practice in 1890. Fortunately for collectors today, a very substantial find of these programs was saved by a family of loyal fans who attended every Brooklyn game. The collection was discovered by the legendary Alan "Mr. Mint" Rosen in the 1980s, and this remarkable find (which totaled at least a couple hundred or more Brooklyn programs from the era) is responsible for providing enough supply to make these classics relatively affordable compared to many rarer programs of the era. The offered 32-page program features fifteen individual portrait photos, including McGunnigle (manager), Foutz, Terry, Pinkney, Smith, O'Brien, Caruthers, Burns, Collins, Corkhill, and Clark. The interior preprinted scorecard includes O'Brien, Foutz, Pinkney, and Burns for Brooklyn, and Hamilton, Burns, Stearns, and Long for Kansas City. Neatly scored in pencil from the fourth inning on, with the completed innings showing two runs for Brooklyn and three runs for Kansas City. Because the program is only partially scored, it is impossible to definitively date the contest recorded here (there were no Brooklyn losses to Kansas City in 1889 by a score of 3-2). The Bridegrooms were champions of the American Association in 1889, but were defeated by their crosstown rivals, the New York Giants, in the World Series. The program (5 x 6.5 inches) displays a tiny chip to the right edge of the front cover and a larger chip along the top border on the back cover, as well as oxidation to the single binding staple. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. This a very desirable Brooklyn program dating from the club's only AA championship season. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $533.25
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