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1890 Chicago White Stockings Player's League Program
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,624.00
Exceedingly rare 1890 Player's League program issued for a game between Chicago and Brooklyn. Player's League programs of this style are highly prized for their dazzling full-color covers, as well as their great rarity and historical significance. The Player's League was formed in 1890 by Major League players who had become dissatisfied with their treatment by the team owners. The leader of the movement to form the new league was John Montgomery Ward, one of the top players of his day and president of The Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players. The preceding year Ward led an open revolt against management that resulted in the formation of the renegade league. Unfortunately, financial miscalculations caused The Player's League to fold after just one season and most of the players simply returned to their old clubs. The interior preprinted score sheets have been neatly scored in pencil and it is significant to note that the Brooklyn lineup includes Hall of Famer John Montgomery Ward, the founder of the league. Another interesting aspect of this piece is the fact that it was produced by ballplayer/entrepreneur Ned Pfeffer's publishing company (N. F. Pfeffer & Co.). Bright and clean, with striking design and tremendous colors. The covers of this twenty-four page program are printed on a relatively high-quality stock, but the interior pages are printed on a very fragile and brittle stock. The program (6 x 8.75 inches) has benefited from expertly executed professional restoration along the spine (reinforcement of each interior page) which has served to best preserve the piece and in no way detracts from the integrity or extraordinary display value of the program; it is otherwise in Very Good to Excellent condition. This is an extremely rare and ideal-for-display relic from this historically important one-year league. The cover of this program presents one of the truly great classic baseball-related graphics of the era. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,624.00
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