1895 Cincinnati Enquirer Advertising Display Featuring Buck Ewing, Bid McPhee, and Dummy Hoy

Sold For: $2,280

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1780

Item Year: 1895

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Exceedingly rare baseball advertising display issued by the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1895. This is the first example of this extraordinary piece we have ever seen! The design incorporates portrait images of twenty members of the Cincinnati Reds, including player/manager Buck Ewing, Bid McPhee, and "Dummy" Hoy, and provides patrons with the club's complete home and away schedules for the 1895 season. The advertising text above the schedules reads "The Cincinnati Enquirer - Acknowledged the Best Paper for Baseball, Racing and General Sporting News." All of the players, who are pictured in formal attire, are identified in print below their respective images, with the complete roster as follows: Ewing, McPhee, Hoy, Latham, Parrot, Hogriever, Miller, Phillips, Chamberlain, Gray, Bancroft (business manager), Merrit, Spies, Rhines, Murphy, Dwyer, Foreman, Holliday, Smith, and Vaughn. This piece was intended to be displayed for the entire baseball season, as the schedule provides boxes next to each game in which to record the score. Nineteenth-century baseball advertising displays such as this are scarce, and this is one of the most attractive examples we have seen. The piece (13 x 21 inches; visible dimensions) exhibits moderate water staining, almost all of which affects the bottom half of the display, and is otherwise in Excellent condition. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 16.25 x 24.25 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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