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1877 Syracuse Stars Season Pass
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $711
Presented here is one of the earliest season tickets we have ever seen: a complimentary pass to all fifty home games played by the Star Base Ball Association of Syracuse, New York, in 1877. This was the very first season of the Syracuse Stars. This prominent independent team joined the International Association in 1878, and then joined the National League for one season in 1879. Unfortunately, due to financial problems the team folded before the season ended, and officially disbanded at the end of the season. Obviously, very few items survive relating to this short-lived team. The blue pass was apparently never issued or used, as none of the information on the front has been filled in (number of pass and name of recipient), nor has it been signed by either the treasurer or secretary of the club. Its year of issue, however, is noted both on the front in gold lettering and on the reverse under the terms and conditions: "This ticket good for admission to Lakeside Park and Grand Stand, to all games played by the Stars for the season of 1877." The front perimeter displays boxes numbered 1-50, which correspond to the number of each respective home game. The corresponding box would have been punched or checked off upon entry at the gate. The ticket (4.25 x 2.75 inches) displays moderate corner wear and is in Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $711
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