1869 The Red Stockings Sheet Music - Extraordinary Condition!

Sold For: $9,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1758

Item Year: 1869

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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The Red Stockings sheet music, composed by C. Kinkel and published in 1869 by J. L. Peters, New York. The cover design of this classic nineteenth-century sheet music features portrait illustrations of all nine Red Stockings team members, including manager Harry Wright, George Wright, Asa Brainard, Charlie Gould, and Cal McVey, surrounding an illustration of Brainard on the mound. The Cincinnati Red Stockings were baseball's first all-professional team and the best in the land in 1869, compiling a record of 57-0. As such, they were, and still are, one of the most celebrated teams in baseball history. This sheet music has always been considered one of the most attractive and significant souvenirs relating to that historic club. It is also scarce. This is only the third complete example we have handled since 2004 and we have seen probably fewer than a dozen offered at auction during the past decade. This particular example is also one of the finest examples known. The covers displays light toning along the edges and there is evidence of string holes along the spine from its having once been bound in an album. The covers were once detached, but have been professionally restored with rice paper. Aside from the restoration (common for many examples) the sheet music is complete as issued and remains in Excellent condition overall. It must be noted that this sheet music is rarely found without serious flaws. As a point of reference, the last example we sold, which was in Fair to Good condition, appeared as Lot 1385 in our May 2016 auction, where it realized $3,000. This is a superlative example of this highly coveted sheet music commemorating baseball's first all-professional team. 10.25 x 13.25 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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