Boston Red Sox regular-season ticket stub dating from early 1900s. Encapsulated by SGC, with the ticket certified as "Authentic." The printing on the blank-back ticket reads "Boston American League Base Ball Club" at the top and is numbered "74" in the center. The printing at the base, some of which is obscured by a tear, reads "Admission Rain Check Void After 4 1/2 Innings." We believe that this ticket, like a few similar examples we have seen and handled, surfaced in the early 1990s as part of a small find of Boston Red Sox baseball tickets and programs dating from the 1903-1905 time period. Boston, of course, defeated Pittsburgh in the first modern-day World Series in 1903 and repeated as league champion the following season as well. (No World Series was played in 1904 due to the mutual animosity between New York Giants team owner John Brush and American League president Ban Johnson.) This is a significant early Boston Red Sox ticket and one of only a few examples we have seen dating from the early 1900s. Given the prohibitive cost of a 1903 World Series ticket, and the absence of any World Series example for 1904, this regular-season example may represent a fine alternative for any advanced World Series ticket collection. The ticket (1.5 x 3.5 inches) displays a small tear (paper loss) along the bottom border; otherwise it is in apparent Near Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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