1880s Baseball Scorecard Collection Including HOFer Mickey Welch Portrait Cover (3)

Sold For: $1,528

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1164

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Collection of three particularly noteworthy and rare nineteenth-century fold-over scorecards, highlighted by an 1886 example featuring a portrait image of Hall of Fame pitcher Mickey Welch. 1) Circa 1883 Scorecard. The scorecard, which features an illustrated game-in-progress scene on the cover, was issued for a game between "Metropolitan vs. Philadelphia" at Philadelphia's Recreation Park. We are not sure exactly what game this scorecard represents. The printed lineups do not correspond perfectly to any official rosters of the New York Metropolitans or the Philadelphia Athletics while each was a member of the American Association in the 1880s. However, many Major League players are listed in the lineups for each team. It may possibly have been issued for either a preseason or special postseason exhibition game in 1883, when the rosters would have been expanded. The date and significance of this game is certainly a fascinating mystery that no doubt has an explanation, though one which will take more research to uncover. The preprinted lineups include Brady, Clapp, Nelson, Hankinson, Mansell, and Larkin for the Metropolitans, and Manning, Lewis, Gardner, McClellan, Corkhill, and Neagle for Philadelphia. Neatly scored in pencil to record a 3-2 Metropolitan victory. 4.25 x 6.75 inches. Ex-Mt. 2) 1886 New York Giants (vs. St. Louis) National League Scorecard: Hall of Famer Mickey Welch on cover. The extremely attractive and colorful cover features an illustrated portrait image of New York Giants pitcher Mickey Welch. This is an outstanding program and the only example of this extreme rarity we have ever seen. The preprinted lineups include O'Rourke, Connor, Ewing, Ward, and Keefe for New York, and Glasscock, Dunlap, McKinnon, Denney, and Seery for St. Louis. Neatly scored in pencil to record a 7-4 Giants victory. The date "May 29/86" is written in pencil on the interior. Research confirms that the only 7-4 New York Giants home win against St. Louis in 1886 took place on May 29th. The scorecard (3.75 x 5.75 inches) has benefitted from professional restoration in repair of a complete split along the spine and there is some surface paper loss on the reverse from its having been removed from an album. The cover is free of any defects and the scorecard displays as Excellent. 3) 1886 New York Metropolitans (vs. Brooklyn) American Association Scorecard: Stephen Brady on cover. Extremely rare and outstanding program style entitled "The Great Mets" at the top. The colorful cover features a portrait image of New York outfielder Stephen Brady. The preprinted lineups include Forster, Roseman, Orr, Behel, and Brady for New York, and Pinkney, McClellan, Swartwood, and McTamany for Brooklyn. Neatly scored in pencil to record a 5-1 New York victory. The date, "Thursday Aug 19/86," is written in pencil on the interior, as are a few other notations. Research confirms that the only 5-1 New York home win against Brooklyn in 1886 occurred on August 19th. The scorecard (3.75 x 5.75 inches) displays separation along both the top and bottom of the spine as well as a small corner chip in the upper left corner of the back cover. Despite these flaws, this is a gorgeous program that displays beautifully and has an Excellent appearance. Total: 3 scorecards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $1,528

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