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1888 Chicago (vs. Indianapolis) National League Program - Anson Cover
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,555
During the late 1880s, the Chicago White Stockings were known not only for their impressive lineup on the field, but also for issuing some of the most substantial and attractive programs ever produced. This example from the 1888 season is the very best of a special series featuring White Sox players, in this case a woodcut portrait of player/manager Cap Anson on the cover together with an illustrated game-in-progress scene. All programs from this series are very rare. We have seen a total of fewer than a dozen examples from this rare series over the years (most originating from the collection of Chicago sportswriter and pioneer collector Bill Leonard). This is one of only two 1888 "Pfeffer programs" (as they are sometimes referred to by advanced collectors) with Anson on the cover that we have ever seen. White Stockings player Fred Pfeffer, who was one of the earliest baseball player/entrepreneurs, was responsible for the production of these programs and is duly noted as editor on the cover. Further distinguishing this program is a full-page advertisement on the interior front cover that pictures Cap Anson in endorsement of White Cloud Floating Soap. The interior scorecard section of the program commemorates a game between Chicago and Indianapolis on Friday, May 4th (date preprinted on the interior scorecard section). The preprinted lineups include Denny, Hines, and Easterbrook for Indianapolis, and Anson, Ryan, Williamson, Burns, and Pfeffer for Chicago. The scorecard sections have not been scored, with the exception of light pencil notations in the second-inning column for each club. Although the program is not scored, research indicates that the White Stockings defeated Indianapolis 11-4 on that day. The win gave Chicago a 10-2 record for the season and moved them into a first place tie with Boston. The fourteen-page (4.75 x 8 inches) program displays the neatly written name "Horace Campbell" (probably a former owner) scripted in blue ink at the bottom of the final interior page, and is in outstanding Excellent condition. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $3,555
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