1888 Chicago (vs. Detroit) National League Program - Burns Cover
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,058
Exceptionally rare and substantial Chicago White Stockings program from the special portrait-on-cover series issued in 1888, featuring a woodcut portrait of third baseman Thomas Burns on the cover together with an illustrated game-in-progress scene. The impressive visual nature of the program is understandable given the fact that it was produced by White Stockings player Fred Pfeffer, who was one of the earliest baseball player/entrepreneurs (Pfeffer is duly noted as editor on the cover). A full-page advertisement on the interior front cover pictures Cap Anson endorsing White Cloud Floating Soap. The interior scorecard section of the program commemorates a game between Chicago and Detroit on Thursday, May 24th (date preprinted on the interior scorecard section). The preprinted lineups include Brouthers, Thompson, Hanlon, Richardson, Bennett, and Getzein for Detroit, and Anson, Ryan, Williamson, Burns, Van Haltren, and Pfeffer for Chicago. The scoring pages have been neatly scored in pencil and record an 8-4 win by Chicago. It is interesting to note that every example we have ever seen from this rare program series (which totals fewer than ten), including this one, can be traced back to the collection of Bill Leonard, a longtime Chicago newspaper sportswriter and perhaps the most advanced nineteenth-century collector of his day (1940s through the 1960s). The fourteen-page (4.75 x 8 inches) program displays the year "1888" written in pencil on the cover. The interior scorecard section at one time became detached from the two center staples and was later reattached to the spine by means of a light adhesive (the virtually undetectable repair appears to have been done many decades ago and is mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy). The minor detailed flaws aside, the program is in superb Excellent condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.
SOLD FOR $1,058