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Rare 1890 Philadelphia Quakers Players' League Ticket
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $2,666
Exceedingly rare ticket from the one-year Players' League in 1890. The stub, which is a "Press Ticket" for an unspecified game at Forepaugh Park, is dated 1890, and reads "The Players' League Base-Ball Club" in print along the top. A circular embossed stamp on the front reads "Players National League Base Ball Club of Phila. Incorporated 1890." The ticket was issued to a gentleman named "Russell" and has been signed on the front by club secretary "Jas. W. Allen," and countersigned by "J Earl Wagner." Forepaugh Park was home to the Philadelphia Quakers of the Players' League during the club's short one-year existence. This is the first Players' League ticket we have ever seen, let alone offered, and represents one of the rarest items imaginable from the one-year-only Players' League. The Players' League was established in 1890 by a group of Major League players who had become dissatisfied with their treatment by team owners. The leader of the movement to form the new league was John Montgomery Ward, one of the top players of his day and president of The Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players. The preceding year Ward led an open revolt against management that resulted in the formation of the renegade league. Unfortunately, financial miscalculations caused The Players' League to fold after just one season and most of the players simply returned to their old clubs. The ticket (4 x 2.5 inches) displays a light area of adhesive residue on the reverse and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,666
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