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Significant Turn-of-the-Century Major League Baseball Full-Ticket Collection (5)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,528
Collection of five rare and extraordinary turn-of-the-century baseball tickets, including two dating from the nineteenth century and one from the short-lived Federal League (1914-1915). Each of these tickets is an incredible rarity . We just don't see tickets like this, let alone a collection. Their rarity aside, all of these tickets are all the more desirable for the fact that they are full tickets as opposed to stubs. Each ticket bears the respective year printed on the front with the exception of the Washington Senators and St. Louis Terriers examples. 1) 1894 Cincinnati Reds. The ticket, taken from a season-ticket booklet, is numbered "16" and features the facsimile signature of team president John T. Brush on the front. 4.25 x 2.25 inches. Nr-Mt. 2) 1895 Cleveland Spiders. The ticket is numbered "50" and features the facsimile signature of team president Frank Robinson. 4 x 1.5 inches. A few small faults include a minor edge tear along the top and a small, light stain in the upper right corner, but looks great! The amazing thing is that it is here at all! Vg. 3) Circa 1895 Washington Senators. The ticket is numbered "61" and features the facsimile signature of team treasurer J. Earl Wagner on the front. (J. Earl Wagner and his brother George ran the Senators from 1892 through 1899.) 3.5 x 1.75 inches. The ticket displays a very light vertical crease and paper residue on the reverse, and a hint of light surface paper loss along the front bottom edge as a result of having been removed from an album. Vg. 4) 1906 Boston Red Sox. The ticket is numbered "178" and features the facsimile signature of team owner John I. Taylor on the front. 3.5 x 1.5 inches. One tiny surface chip the size of a pin head is of no consequence, otherwise Ex-Mt. 5) 1914 St. Louis Terriers Federal League. The ticket is numbered "23897" and features the facsimile signature of team owner E. A. Steininger. (Steininger was only president of the club in 1914, thereby conclusively dating it to the Federal League's inaugural season.) 3.25 x 2 inches. The ticket displays minor corner wear and a few hints of surface paper residue on the reverse from having been saved in an album and carefully removed. Vg-Ex/Ex. Total: 5 tickets. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.
SOLD FOR $1,528
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