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1886 Brookyln (vs. Cincinnati) American Association Player-Portrait (Pinkney) Scorecard
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $474
In the mid-1880s, the Brooklyn Base Ball Club of the American Association produced a series of extremely attractive fold-over scorecards featuring portraits of each team member on the cover. Offered here is an example issued for an 1886 game against Cincinnati that features Brooklyn third baseman George Pinkney on the front. The preprinted lineups include Pinkney, McClellan, Swartwood, and Burch for Brooklyn, and McPhee, Lewis, Jones, Mullane, Baldwin, and Fennelly for Cincinnati. Neatly scored in pencil to record a 6-4 Cincinnati win. A number of vintage pencil notations appear on interior, including the date,"Thursday May 27/86" (research confirms the date of the game), as well as the name of the umpire, which is scripted in black ink. This scorecard long ago originated from a very substantial legendary find of nineteenth-century programs saved by a family of loyal fans who attended every Brooklyn game in the 1880s. The collection was discovered by Alan "Mr. Mint" Rosen in the 1980s, and this remarkable find (which totaled several hundred or more Brooklyn programs from the era and are easily recognizable from the style of scoring and pencil notations) is responsible for almost all of the pre-1900 Brooklyn programs in the hobby today, including this fine example. The scorecard (7.5 x 6 inches; unfolded) displays a tiny tear along the center fold and is in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $100. Estimate $250+. SOLD FOR $474
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