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Extraordinary Nineteenth-Century Major League Baseball Schedule Collection (13)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,644
Every once in a while over the years, we have seen one of a few styles of small schedule books, usually produced for sale but sometimes produced as advertising premiums, that were issued to provide the schedules of Major League games. In some cases they were also designed to allow the recording of scores for extremely devoted fans to best follow the standings as the season progressed. Presented is the most extraordinary collection of these great rarities we have ever seen. This is a remarkable collection of thirteen Major League baseball season schedule books spanning the years 1888 through 1900. This collection, which has been assembled by a very dedicated longtime collector over a period of many years, includes far more of these in total than we have seen in all our years. All of the schedules are pocket booklets (of dimensions that allow carrying in one's pocket, by design) and provide the entire season schedules for the National League and American Association and, in the case of the 1890 schedule book, the Players League. 1) 1888 fold-over schedule (3.5 x 4.75 inches) for the Philadelphia Quakers of the National League and Philadelphia Athletics of the American Association. Issued by "Marshall E. Smith & Bro.," a local Philadelphia haberdashery. Vg, with a vertical crease and light foxing. 2) 1888 schedule (2.75 x 5.25 inches) issued by Kinney Bros., a New York Cigarette company. Vg-Ex, with a tiny front cover tear and a corner chip on the back cover. 3) 1889 "Little Casino" schedule book (2.75 x 5 inches). Vg, with worn covers and interior pencil notations on a number of pages, including the results of some games. 4) Rare 1890 pocket schedule (2.5 x 5 inches) for the National League and one-year-only Players' League. Issued by the Daily News of Chicago. Vg-Ex, with a few stray pencil marks on the interior cover. 5) 1891 schedule published by The Referee Publishing Co., of Boston. The booklet consists of a foldover cover (3.5 x 5.5 inches) which houses an accordian-style schedule (unfolds to dimensions of 9.5 x 20 inches). Ex. 6) 1893 National League schedule (2.75 x 4.25 inches) published by The Press. Ex-Mt. 7) 1896 "Little Casino" National League schedule book (2.75 x 4.25 inches). Ex-Mt. 8) 1897 "Little Casino" National League schedule book (2.75 x 4.25 inches). Ex. 9) 1897 National League schedule (3 x 5.25 inches) issued by White, Hentz & Co., a Philadelphia liquor distributor. Gd-Vg, with tape repair along the spine, minor tears, and a vertical center fold. 10) 1898 "Little Casino" National League schedule book (2.75 x 4.25 inches). Vg-Ex, with a few of the game results recorded in pencil. 11) 1899 "Little Casino" National League schedule book (2.75 x 4.25 inches). Ex-Mt. 12) 1899 Cincinnati Reds schedule (2.5 x 5 inches). Issued by "Jos. D. Denny - Sporting Goods Emporium." The schedule is listed on the interior front and back covers, the interior pages consist of score sheets. Good, with miscellaneous pencil notations throughout. 13) 1900 "Little Casino" National League schedule book (2.75 x 4.25 inches). Ex-Mt. Total: 13 schedule books. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,644
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