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Circa 1887 St. Louis Browns Ticket Stub
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,896
Exceedingly rare "Rain Check" ticket stub from a circa 1887 St. Louis Browns game. Although no team affiliation is specifically printed on the stub, the fact that it features the stamped facsimile signature of "Christ von der Ahe" on the front conclusively denotes it as a Browns ticket (Von der Ahe owned the St. Louis Browns from 1882 to 1897). What is less clear is the exact date although we have many clues that provide a range: The back of the ticket is stamped "Sportsman's Park/Game 6/Grand Avenue". The St. Louis Browns played at Sportsman's Park, located at the corner of Grand and Dodier, between the years 1882 and 1892. In 1893 Von der Ahe moved his club a few blocks northwest into what was originally known as the New Sportsman's Park (it was later renamed Robison Field). Therefore, this ticket can be dated to the eleven-year span 1882-1892. St. Louis was a member of the American Association for all but one of those years (they joined the National League for the 1892 season after the American Association folded). The Browns were one of the American Association's top clubs during the 1880s, winning four league titles and one World Championship between the years 1885 and 1888. Whether this ticket was for a World Series game is not certain, but we do note that for each of the four years in which the Browns participated in the World Series, Game 6 was played in St. Louis. Tickets from any nineteenth-century major league baseball games are practically nonexistent, making this example, from one of the top clubs of the era, all the more significant. The stub (3.25 x 2 inches) displays a number of diagonal creases, with one in the lower right corner representing a possible chip that has been restored (it is possible that some or all of the creases have benefited from professional conservation as well). In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,896
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