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1891 New York vs. Cleveland Yearbook Style Program

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $920.00

Rare 28-page New York Nationals yearbook-style program features a portrait of Buck Ewing on the cover. This style program has special significance as interior pages feature portraits and elaborate biographies of players, making this program double as a very early style of yearbook. The Players League of 1890 was over, and apparently all was forgiven, as Ewing, O'Rourke, Keefe, Connor, and other stars rejoined the New York Nationals. The 1891 Giants also included future Hall of Famers Mickey Welch and Amos Rusie. Few teams of the era sported so many high-caliber Hall of Famers. Because this is the only example of this program we have ever seen, we cannot be certain that Ewing's cover portrait is not one of a series, but we suspect that this is the only way the program was printed (all with Ewing on the cover), and that Ewing was chosen to appear on the cover because of his great prominence. The center scoring section provides preprinted lineups for a game between the New York and Cleveland Nationals. The program is neatly scored in pencil. The program has some general wear, including some soiling to the cover, hints of vertical creasing most likely from long ago being folded (program does lie flat) and the center page has separated from the staples. Still a very substantial presentation of this rarity, with clean interior pages featuring photographic portraits and biographies of the many stars of this great team. Good to Very Good condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $920.00

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