1884 Brooklyn (vs. Providence) American Association Scorecard - First Season in Franchise History

Sold For: $823

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1185

Item Year: 1884

Category: The Jerry Smolin Collection

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Extremely rare and attractive Brooklyn American Association scorecard dating to the club’s inaugural Major League season in 1884. This may be the earliest Brooklyn AA program in existence. This scorecard was issued for a preseason exhibition game between Brooklyn and Providence (of the National League) held on April 19th at Brooklyn’s Washington Park. The front cover to the fold-over scorecard features a color illustration of a game in progress, while the back cover lists Brooklyn’s schedule of exhibition games against National League clubs for the month of April. The scorecard has been neatly scored in pencil and records a 15-0 win for Providence. That score is not surprising considering the fact that Providence was the eventual National League Champion that year and Brooklyn was competing at the Major League level for the first time. This is a stunning program with a tremendous display value, dating literally from the dawn of Brooklyn's entry into the major leagues. Brooklyn remained in the American Association for six seasons before joining the National League in 1890. The program (5.75 x 7.25 inches, unfolded) displays a small half-circle cut on the front cover (of very little consequence and no paper loss) and is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. This is the only example of this outstanding program design that we have ever seen. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $823

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