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1889 Columbus Base Ball Club Schedule/Banner Display

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,300.00

Extraordinary advertising banner features portraits of the 1889 Columbus Base Ball Club of the American Association, surrounding a very attractive and detailed game-in-progress scene. Columbus was a Major League club with the American Association from 1889 to 1891. This banner presents the Columbus Club's home game schedule at the bottom, along with advertising for two local Columbus businesses (Born & Co. Brewers, and Lazurus' Clothing store), and was intended for prominent display. (It is interesting to note that the last line of the Born & Co. advertisement reads "Telephone No. 92." The telephone was in its infancy in 1889, and the few operating numbers had only two digits at this time.) This was Columbus' first year as a Major League franchise. This team wound up in sixth place in 1889, with a 60-78 record, finishing ahead of just two teams (K.C. and Louisville). Comprised of a ragtag batch of journeymen, marginal players, and former starters from other teams of years past desiring to prolong their careers in the majors, the Columbus Ball Club will never be recognized as one of the great teams of the nineteenth century. For every powerhouse club like Boston and New York, chock-full of Hall of Famers, there must be a Columbus Ball Club, to register defeat. Included on this team are Dave Orr (perhaps the most prominent player on the team), pitcher Mark Baldwin (who led the league in losses in 1889 with a 27-34 record, and who redeemed himself with Pittsburgh of the Players League with a 32-24 record the following season), former New York Mets pitcher Al Mays, and many others with fascinating "non-star" quality careers. This banner still has its original metal strips, one across the top (with a hanging eyelet) and one along the bottom, as issued. In the late 1880s, only the highest quality advertising banners were made with these metal strips (such as Allen & Ginter advertising banners). Produced by Gies & Co. of Buffalo, New York (credit lower right), this banner is of the highest production quality, and is among the most attractive of all nineteenth-century baseball displays. Its tremendous visual appeal is equal in caliber to the finest nineteenth-century generic baseball display pieces. Ideal for display. Extremely rare and striking. One of only several known. Bright and clean. In outstanding Excellent condition. Measures 23 x 15.5 inches. Framed to dimensions of 26 x 18 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $2,300.00

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