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1887 Pittsburgh (vs. Detroit Wolverines) National League Scorecard (George Miller Portrait) - Inaugural Season!
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $711.00
This rare and extremely attractive two-page fold-over scorecard, featuring a portrait image of Allegheny catcher George "Doggie" Miller on the cover, is of special significance as it dates from Pittsburgh's inaugural season in the National League and is one of only two inaugural season 1887 Pittsburgh scorecards we have ever seen. (The Pittsburgh franchise was known as Allegheny during its early years.) Allegheny was one of the six founding members of the American Association, a second Major League formed in 1882 to compete with the National League. In 1887, Allegheny became the first American Association team to "jump" to the more established National League and has remained a member of the league since that time. One of the traditions the Allegheny club kept when switching leagues was the use of player portraits on its program covers. In addition to being rare, the unusual black-and-white design is a particularly distinctive nineteenth-century program style. "Doggie" Miller, pictured on the cover here, was a very popular player, and nineteenth-century card collectors are especially familiar with him as he was one of only six ballplayers included in the N29 and N43 Allen & Ginter Champions sets. Presumably other Pittsburgh players were honored in this manner, but due to their rarity a checklist has never been compiled (we can recall seeing only one other over the years, an example featuring Pud Galvin). The offered program was issued for a game against the eventual World Champion Detroit Wolverines. (Based upon the names listed in the preprinted lineups for each club, this program can only date from the 1887 season.) Included in the preprinted lineups for each club are Galvin, Carroll, Whitney, Miller, Coleman, Fields, Dalrymple, and Barkley for Allegheny, and Richardson, Brouthers, Rowe, Thompson, White, Bennett, Hanlon, and Getzein for Detroit. Although the program is not scored inning by inning, it does record (in pencil) each player's totals for runs, hits, put outs, assists, and errors. As such, it records a 2-1 Detroit victory. Research indicates that the only Pittsburgh home loss to Detroit by the score of 2-1 in 1887 occurred on September 30th. The fact that this is a very late season scorecard is also evident by the text at the base of the interior scorecard section that reads "Next Ladies Day, Friday, October 7, Chicago versus Allegheny." The program (4.25 x 7 inches; folded) displays moderate surface wear, including a few light-to-moderate creases, and is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Produced by John B. Sage (Sage was a former player who is best known today for his publication of attractive Major League scorecards and programs during the late 1800s). Disclosure per section 13 of REA's terms and conditions: This lot has been consigned from the personal collection of an executive or employee of Robert Edward Auctions (or a relative of an executive or employee). Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $711.00
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