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1887 World Championship Series Program
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $7,637.50
Extremely rare fold-over program from the 1887 World Series between the American Association Champion St. Louis Browns and the National League Champion Detroit Wolverines. One of only five or six examples known to exist, this is one of the rarest and most significant programs of the 1880s, and also one of the premier display pieces of the nineteenth century. The program features sepia-toned woodcut portraits of the Browns on the front cover and the Wolverines on the back cover. Among the many notables pictured are Comiskey and O’Neill for St. Louis and Brouthers, Hanlon, Thompson, and Ganzel for Detroit. The interior preprinted scorecard has been neatly scored in pencil and records the action from Game 8, which was won by Detroit 9-2. The 1887 World Series was the longest on record and featured a best-of-fifteen series played in ten different cities. Detroit actually clinched the Series 8-3 after game eleven; however, the teams played out the remaining four games and the Wolverines are officially credited today with a ten games to five World Series victory. Extremely bright and clean, both front and back. The program (7 x 7 inches, unfolded) displays both horizontal and vertical fold lines as a result of having once been folded in quarters. A few tears have occurred along those folds and there is some very minor restoration to some separation at the spine. None of those condition flaws, however, detracts from the extraordinary visual appeal and integrity of the piece. While technically in Good condition, the program has tremendous eye-appeal and an overall Very Good to Excellent appearance. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $7,637.50
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