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1888 St. Louis Base Ball Club Advertising Currency - New Discovery!

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $4,406.25

Newly discovered baseball advertising currency featuring the 1888 St. Louis Nationals. St. Louis has always by far been the rarest of the three teams known in the advertising currency series (the other two teams being Detroit and Chicago), but previous to the discovery of this example, only the 1887 St. Louis team was known to exist. This is the first 1888 St. Louis note known in the currency series. It was recently discovered tucked in an old book by a noncollector in Oklahoma, which just goes to show that there is always the potential for exciting new collecting finds, even in the most unlikely places, and even from important nineteenth-century issues. These currencies were issued by various merchants over a period of several years. The front of this advertising piece features a portrait of St. Louis Nationals owner Chris Von der Ahe, a full-length image of the Wiman Trophy, and advertising for "London and Paris Misfit Parlors." This St. Louis merchant is also a new addition to the baseball currency "census." The reverse depicts portraits of ten members of the powerhouse St. Louis Nationals including manager/player Charles Comiskey. This newly discovered 1888 St. Louis note features ten portraits and has several player changes from the 1887 note, including the very unusual (unique to the series) presentation of Jocko Milligan and Chippy McGarr as generic silhouettes, apparently because actual likeness portraits were not available. Both of these players were new additions to St. Louis in 1888. Hall of Famer Tommy McCarthy is a new addition to the 1888 note, having just joined St. Louis from Philadelphia. Th other team members are Latham, King, Lyons, Boyle, Robinson, and O'Neill. These advertising currencies are very thin and easily damaged. This example has two folding creases and a few minor chips along the extreme perimeter, both very common problems with these currencies; it is otherwise crisp and clean. Reserve $200. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $4,406.25

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