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1895 and 1898 Chicago White Stockings Programs (2 programs, both vs. Cleveland Spiders)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $940
Collection of two rare and substantial Chicago White Stockings National League programs dating from the 1890s. Programs from the 1890s are more substantial than programs from the 1880s, and also much rarer. 1895: Eighteen-page program from a game against the Cleveland Spiders. The cover features an illustration of a game in progress and the interior preprinted score sheets include Anson and Griffith for Chicago, and Burkett and Childs for Cleveland. Neatly scored in blue pencil, recording an 8-5 Chicago victory. Both the front and back covers are detached, but present. The front cover has a small corner chip and a small light edge stain. 6 x 9.25 inches (folded). Interior pages featuring many ads are very clean. Overall in Very Good condition. 1898: This eight-page program for a game against the Cleveland Spiders features portraits of twelve Chicago White Stockings players. A woodcut portrait of Chicago manager Thomas Burns is featured on the cover, while the interior pages display woodcut illustrations of eleven team members including Frank Chance (in his rookie season) and Clark Griffith. The preprinted score sheets include Ryan and Lange for Chicago, and Wallace, Burkett, and Young for Cleveland. Neatly scored in pencil, recording an 11-2 victory for Cleveland. The black fountain pen notation, "July 4th Morning Game," appears on the cover. 6.25 x 9.25 (folded). This is a very substantial "yearbook-style" program. The program has a slight vertical and horizontal fold, and is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Providing values for early programs such as these is particularly difficult, as they come up for auction so infrequently, there is no consensus on their value, and historically they have always been so modestly valued (in our opinion undervalued) compared to other items from the era, despite (or perhaps because of) being so rare. Total 2 programs. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800+. SOLD FOR $940
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