1897 New York (vs. Brooklyn) National League Program

Sold For: $2,938

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1187

Item Year: 1897

Category: The Jerry Smolin Collection

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Magnificent twelve-page New York Giants program, dating from the 1897 season (year preprinted on the cover), displaying a stunning, full-color advertisement for The Liberty Cycle Co. on the cover. The patriotic illustration features Miss Liberty holding the American Flag, with both the Washington Monument and Capitol Building depicted in the background. The interior pages are highlighted by individual portrait images of eight New York Giants players, including George Davis, George Van Haltren, Mike Tiernan, Bill Joyce, and John Warner. This program commemorates a game between the New York Giants and Brooklyn Bridegrooms at the Polo Grounds. The preprinted lineups include LaChance, Griffin, Jones, and Anderson for Brooklyn, and Davis, Rusie, Tiernan, Van Haltren, Gleason, and Joyce for New York. The score pages have been neatly scored in pencil and record a 4-3 Brooklyn win. A few stray pencil notations also appear on the score pages. Although the program is undated, research indicates that the only 4-3 home loss by the Giants to Brooklyn in 1897 occurred on July 5th. Few programs from any era, let alone from the 1890s, approach the majestic display value of this extreme rarity. The program (7.25 x 11 inches) has a light vertical center fold, minor cover separation along the spine, light creasing, and a few edge tears. The name "Mr. Jas Pipen" (probably the original owner of the program) is written in black fountain pen a number of times on an interior page. This is a special program on many counts (style, teams, size, display value, interior portraits, Hall of Famers, and rarity) and is the first and only example of this extraordinary style program we have ever offered. In Very Good condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+.

SOLD FOR $2,938

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