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1889 and 1890 Brooklyn BBC Yearbook-Style Programs (2)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,044.00
Collection of two Brooklyn BBC Yearbook-style programs dating from 1889 and 1890. Perhaps it was the optimism felt by the team's strong second place showing in the 1888 season. Or maybe it was simply a matter of aesthetic sensibilities. Whatever the reason, in 1889 the Brooklyn Bridegrooms of the American Association ceased producing simple two-page fold-over scorecards for their games (the norm for nearly all other teams of that era) and instead issued 32-page "yearbook" style programs. These official scorebooks are very substantial, with interior pages featuring full-page individual portraits and brief player biographies, along with local advertising. The programs were obviously a hit with fans, as the team repeated the practice in 1890. Those two years marked championship seasons for Brooklyn as well. Offered are high-grade examples of each of these rare Brooklyn programs from 1889 and 1890. Each originates from a legendary hobby find of nineteenth-century Brooklyn programs discovered decades ago, and each was carefully chosen for condition at the time the collection originally surfaced. The 32-page 1889 American Association program (5 x 6.5 inches) features fifteen individual portrait photos including McGunnigle (manager), Foutz, Terry, Pinkney, Smith, O'Brien, Caruthers, Burns, Collins, Corkhill and Clark. The interior scorecard has preprinted lineups for both Brooklyn and Louisville and is neatly scored in pencil. The 32-page 1890 National League program (5 x 6.75 inches) features seventeen individual portrait photos including McGunnigle (manager), Foutz, Lovett, Daly, Terry, Pinkney, Smith, O'Brien, Caruthers, Burns, Collins, Corkhill and Clark. The interior scorecard has preprinted lineups for both Brooklyn and Pittsburgh (with Billy Sunday listed in the lineup for Pittsburgh) and is also neatly scored in pencil. The 1889 program is in Excellent condition. The 1890 program is in Very Good to Excellent condition with a missing a center staple and a small cover separation along the spine. Note that Brooklyn jumped from the American Association to the National League following the 1889 season. The change in Leagues did nothing to affect their strong play on the diamond, however, as the club followed up its championship AA season by winning the pennant in the National League in 1890. This is an exceptional pair of nineteenth-century Brooklyn scorebooks, distinguished by both their rarity and condition, dating from the club's only AA championship season and its first National League championship season, respectively. Total: 2 programs. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,044.00
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