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1895 London Base-Ball Association Season Pass
Starting Bid - $50.00, Sold For - $812.00
Colorful season pass issued by the London Base-Ball Association admits the bearer to the Association's baseball grounds located at Telford Avenue, Brixton Hill, S. W. The front of the pass (6 x 4.5 inches) bears the names of the Association's officers. The printed information on the reverse reads in part "Matches every Thursday & Saturday...This ticket available for any Match from May 4th, 1895 to end of season." It is very rare to find any nineteenth-century items relating to baseball hailing from England, which is somewhat ironic in light of the long-standing debate regarding the origins of the game. Despite two highly publicized overseas baseball tours by Albert Spalding, in 1874 and 1890, baseball never quite captured the fancy of the British in the same way it did here in America. However, this ticket shows that the game obviously had a few adherents in the Old Country, and that at least some of the citizens preferred a game of baseball to that of cricket. The pass displays both glue residue and paper remnants on the reverse (with nearly all of the printing remaining legible) from having once been mounted in an album; it is otherwise in Excellent condition. Reserve $50. Estimate $100/$200. SOLD FOR $812.00
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