Early Baseball-Ticket Collection (5)

Sold For: $588

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1178

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Collection of five early baseball tickets spanning the years 1874 to 1925. This is a very unusual and exciting small group of rare tickets, from the collection of an old-time memorabilia collector who picked these up one at a time over the years. 1) 1874 "Season Ticket." The front of the ticket makes note that the holder is entitled to a reserved seat for all games of the 1874 season, including the "Grand Senior B. B. Tournament." Unfortunately, no mention is made on the ticket of the issuing club. Further information on the reverse specifies all of the games for which this ticket is valid: "Fifteen games during the Tournament between clubs from all parts of the state - Series of games, both senior and junior, for the Champion streamer and Bat - Grand Game against odds between the Junior White Stockings and Resolutes." Extremely rare and early for any baseball ticket. 3.625 x 2.25 inches. Nr-Mt. 2) Circa 1895 Chicago Colts National League Ticket. Full ticket for game "No. 09" of the "Chicago League Ball Club." The reverse features advertising for The Home Savings Bank of Chicago. Although the ticket is undated, it bears the facsimile signature of team president James Hart on the front. Hart was president of the club from 1892 to 1905. The fact that the club is referred to on the ticket as "Chicago League Ball Club," as opposed to "Chicago National League Ball Club," leads us to believe it predates the formation of the American League in 1901 and most likely dates to the 1890s. 3.5 x 2 inches. Vg, with rounded corners, light creasing throughout, and surface paper loss on the reverse. 3) Circa 1912 Cleveland Naps American League Ticket. Ticket stub for an unspecified Cleveland home game. Although the ticket is undated, it bears the facsimile signature of team president Charles Somers on the front. Somers was president of the club from 1910 to 1915. Based upon that narrow span, the holder of this ticket most likely saw Joe Jackson and Nap Lajoie take the field for Cleveland at this game, and even possibly Addie Joss or Cy Young, as both were with Cleveland at least one of those six seasons. 2.5 x 1.75 inches. Vg-Ex, with surface paper loss on the reverse. 4-5) Two 1924-1925 Pittsburgh Pirates Tickets. The first, from 1924, is a press pass, while the second, from 1925, is a complimentary pass. Neither ticket bears the name of the recipient, but each features a punched hole. Each 4 x 2.5 inches. The 1924 ticket displays a small area of paper and adhesive residue on the reverse; otherwise both are Nr-Mt. Total: 5 tickets. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600.

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