This collection of early baseball scorecards is highlighted by an 1888 American Association example issued by the Brooklyn Bridegrooms for a game against the Cleveland Blues on June 9th at Washington Park. The colorful cover features a generic illustration of a ballplayer that is captioned "Applauded." The preprinted interior lineups include Pinkney, McClellan, Orr, Foutz, Caruthers, and Bushong for Brooklyn, and McKean, Hotaling, Faatz, and Zimmer for Cleveland. Neatly scored in pencil to record a 9-5 Brooklyn victory. The date and time of the game, as well as the names of the two umpires are also noted on interior, as is the fact that Chief Zimmer was injured in the first inning. 4.25 x 7 inches (folded). Vg, with a small split along the spine, edge tears, and light toning. The remaining eight programs are as follows: 1)
1886 New England League fold-over scorecard issued by the Boston Blues for a game against Lawrence. The cover features a generic game-in-progress. Although no year is listed, it can be dated to 1866 because Pat Harnett is listed in the lineup for the Blues (1866 was the only year he played with Boston). 4.5 x 6.5 inches (folded). Vg-Ex, with a vertical fold. 2-6)
Collection of five generic fold-over scorecards (circa 1880s) each picturing an illustrated baseball scene on the cover, as well as specific caption. The captions featured here are "Put it Here," "Two Out, Two Strikes & Three on Bases" (two examples), "Low Ball," and "A High Fly." None of the cards is scored. 5.5 x 5 inches (unfolded). Nr-Mt overall. 7)
Circa 1900 generic fold-over scorecard issued by Goldsmith. Both the front and back covers display advertising for Goldsmith. 3.5 x 5.5 inches (folded). Nr-Mt. 8)
Circa early 1900s generic fold-over scorecard issued by D&M Sporting Goods. Both the front and back covers display advertising for D&M. 7 x 6.5 inches (unfolded). Nr-Mt. Total: 9 scorecards. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.
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