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Lot # 843 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1890 New York Giants (vs. Philadelphia) Players League Program

Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,410.00

Extremely rare 1890 scorecard from the short-lived Players League (1890). The two-page fold-over program, issued for a game between New York and Philadelphia at New York, features both the year, “1890,” league name, “New York Brotherhood League,” and an illustration of (Tim) Keefe's Official Players League ball on the cover. The interior preprinted lineups include Hall of Famers Roger Connor, Jim O’Rourke, Buck Ewing, and Tim Keefe for New York. Also included on the interior is an advertisement for E. R. Williams’ Indoor Baseball Game which has a tiny woodcut portrait of Buck Ewing. The Brotherhood League, or Players League, as it is most commonly referred to today, was organized in 1890 by a number of rebellious Major League ballplayers led by Montgomery Ward. At the heart of their dispute with National League and American Association owners was the reserve clause, which effectively bound a player to a team for life. Although a number of top players joined the Brotherhood, many of the clubs lost their financial backing at season’s end and the league folded shortly thereafter. This is one of the four or five New York Players League programs that surfaced from a very large old-time program collection in the late 1980s. The fold-over scorecard (4.75 x 7.5 inches) is very clean, with a few small corner creases, the slightest hint of glue staining on the reverse, and a tiny corner chip to the back cover. Partially scored in pencil on the interior. Overall in Very Good to Excellent condition. This is one of the very few items of any kind to survive from the Players League. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,410.00

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