This collection of three Cincinnati American Association "accordian-style" scorecards includes two from 1888 and an extraordinarily rare example from 1889, with a slightly different design. (The year for each program is printed on the cover; this is the first 1889 Cincinnati "accordian-style" program we have ever seen, all others we have ever seen of these programs are the slightly different 1888 style.) Each of the decorative scorecards features an illustrated portrait of a player on the cover. Programs from this series are among the most highly prized of all baseball scorecard designs. Each of the eight-sided fold-over scorecards opens up "accordion style" to reveal four panels. The two interior center panels each feature the preprinted lineup for a team, while the other panels display advertising. All were published by Fennessy & Renau. 1) 1888 scorecard for a game against St. Louis picturing Cincinnati first baseman William "Hick" Carpenter on the cover. The preprinted lineups include Reilly and McPhee for Cincinnati, and Comiskey, O'Neil, Latham, and King for St. Louis. The program is not scored and is in Excellent condition. 2) 1888 scorecard for a game against St. Louis picturing Cincinnati catcher James Keenan on the cover. The preprinted lineups include Reilly and McPhee for Cincinnati, and Comiskey, O'Neil, Latham, and King for St. Louis. The program is not scored and is in Very Good condition, with a one-inch tape repair to a tear along the spine, and a few small areas of surface paper loss on the back covers. 3) 1889 scorecard for a game against Brooklyn picturing Cincinnati catcher Clarence "Kid" Baldwin on the front cover. The preprinted lineups include McPhee and Reilly for Cincinnati, and Foutz, Burns, Pinkney, and Carruthers for Brooklyn. Neatly scored in pencil to record an 18-5 Cincinnati victory. Research indicates that the only 18-5 home win over Brooklyn in 1889 occurred on Thursday, August 22nd. In Excellent condition. Each scorecard measures 3.75 x 6.5 inches folded, and 15 x 6.5 inches unfolded. Total: 3 scorecards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.
SOLD FOR $1,293