1889 Chicago White Sox (vs. Cleveland) National League Scorecard - Anson World Tour Cover

Sold For: $9,400

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1200

Item Year: 1889

Category: The Jerry Smolin Collection

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Presented is one of program collecting and all of nineteenth-century baseball collecting's greatest prizes: The 1889 World Tour cover program featuring a portrait of Cap Anson on the cover. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only known example featuring Anson on the cover from this series. This is the Copeland example and was the premier nineteenth-century program of the entire Copeland collection. (It appeared as Lot 314 in the 1991 Sotheby's Copeland auction, and sold for $7,425.) All programs from this series (a handful of others are known featuring other players) are extremely rare and significant not just as programs, but as extraordinary display pieces celebrating the famous Wold Tour of 1888-1889. When the Chicago Nationals returned from that World Tour, the magnitude of their accomplishments continued to be celebrated throughout the year. The production of this beautiful series of Chicago White Stockings baseball programs, specially produced by Pfeffer & King Publishers for use during the 1889 season, was one of the many (and most striking) ways in which the tour was memorialized. The covers to the programs, considered among the most attractive ever designed, feature individual portraits of various Chicago players, surrounded by four scenes representing the World Tour. The program offered here, featuring a portrait of Chicago player/manager Cap Anson on the cover, is universally recognized as the most desirable program from that series. Anson's stately image is surrounded by four different color illustrations titled, respectively, "Uncle Sam's Farewell in California," "Arrival in Australia," "Reception in England" (showing Anson shaking hands with a dignitary, with other players behind), and "At the Pyramids" (showing ballplayers riding camels, in uniform, with pyramids in thebackground). The interior pages include numerous advertisements (including Old Judge Cigarettes), brief biographies, and final statistics for Chicago players for the 1888 season. Also included, of course, are the scorecard pages. This program commemorates a game between Chicago and Cleveland on September 21st (date preprinted on the interior scorecard section). The preprinted lineups include Bakely, Radford, Twitchell, and Tebeau for Cleveland, and Anson, Ryan, Van Haltren Duffy, Williamson, Burns, and Pfeffer for Chicago. Pfeffer's name is significant here, for he was one of the earliest baseball player/entrepreneurs and this program, as noted on the front cover, was produced by his publishing company. It is interesting to note that this program, as well as every 1889 World Tour cover program we have ever seen, can be traced back to the collection of Bill Leonard, a longtime Chicago newspaper sports writer and the perhaps most advanced nineteenth-century collector of his day. (A contemporary of Lionel Carter, Leonard was very active in the Chicago area for decades and even attended some of the early collector gatherings; his only interest was pre-1900 baseball. Lionel Carter remembered him well and said "The world ended at 1900 for Bill Leonard"). These rare sixteen-page programs are extremely substantial. Each is a magnificent tribute to the famous World Tour of 1888-1889, as well as a masterpiece of nineteenth-century lithography. Extraordinary both as an early program and as a nineteenth-century display piece. The scoring pages have been very neatly scored in pencil and record an 8-7 victory by Chicago. The program (5.5 x 9 inches) is in overall Excellent condition. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $5,000+.

SOLD FOR $9,400

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