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Nineteenth-Century Baseball Sheet-Music Collection (9)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,233
Collection of nineteenth-century sheet musics, spanning the years 1867 through 1900, many of which are extremely rare, including one dedicated to Buck Ewing of the Players League in 1890 and another celebrating the Negro League in song. In our listing we have noted the title, year of issue, any pertinent information, and condition. All of the sheet musics measure approximately 10.5 x 13.5 inches, on average. It should be noted that despite the technically accurate low grades, most of the covers are free of any significant defects and present as Excellent. All are ideal for display. (In fact, all have been on display in the library of our consignor for the past 25+ years.) 1) The Home Run Galop! , 1867; the front cover of this rare sheet music, which is dedicated to the "Atlantic Club of Chicago," is especially notable for its having been beautifully and professionally colored, which makes it particularly impressive for display, Gd (light staining, string holes along the spine, and small tears and surface abrasions along the spine from its having been removed from an album). 2) Tally One For Me , 1877; beautiful black-and-white illustration of a game in progress on the cover; Gd (partially detached cover, edge tears, and tape repair on the interior). 3) Our Champions March , 1888; illustration of a batter and catcher on the cover; Gd (light toning, back cover detached, front cover partially detached). 4) Cincy Wasn't In It , 1890; dedicated "To Buck Ewing/N. Y. Player's League"; Gd (back cover missing, edge tear). 5) Finnegan the Umpire , 1890; Fr/Gd (back cover missing). 6) Games We Used to Play , 1895. This cover is especially notable for the fact that it includes illustrations of cards from the 1888 N88 Terrors of America tobacco card set. Sometime later, a former owner attached three actual cards from the set, corresponding to the illustrated example, on the cover be means of adhesive on the reverse. The result is an extremely attractive variation to this classic sheet music. Vg (partial separation along the spine). 7) Hi! Yi! Yer Off Now! , 1895; the printing on the cover reads "The Hit of the Diamond/Negro League Base Ball Song" and the illustration below features three black ballplayers presented in a stereotypical caricature from the time; Vg (minor creases and edge tears). 8) The Game the Phillies Play , 1895; color cover; Gd (covers detached, minor chips and tears). 9) The Pennant Winner , 1900; color cover features an illustration of a generic ballplayer; Vg-Ex (covers detached). This is a very substantial small group of early sheet musics including rarities, all ideal for display. Total: 9 sheet musics. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,233
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