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Lot # 1085 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1903 and 1904 Boston Americans Ticket Stubs (2)

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,067

Addendum: It has been suggested to us that these tickets may date from 1904 and 1905 respectively, as opposed to dating from 1903 and 1904.

Pair of early Boston American full tickets dating to the circa 1903/1904 seasons. Each of these tickets surfaced in the early 1990s as part of a small find of Boston Red Sox baseball tickets and programs dating from the 1903-1905 time period. Both are similar in measurement (1.5 x 3.5 inches) and design, with the text along the top border reading "Boston American League Base Ball Club." One ticket is numbered "22," while the other is numbered "37" and also features the facsimile signature of team owner John Taylor on the front. The number "37" ticket also features an advertisement for CFR Rye Whiskey on the reverse. Taylor was owner of Boston's American League franchise from 1904 to 1911. Because his facsimile signature is not on the other ticket, we are assuming that it dates to prior to his ownership. Boston, of course, defeated Pittsburgh in the first modern-day World Series in 1903 and repeated as league champion the following season as well. (No World Series was played in 1904 due to the mutual animosity between New York Giants team owner John Brush and American League president Ban Johnson.) These are significant early ticket rarities. In addition, given the extreme rarity (only a few examples are known) and prohibitive cost of a 1903 World Series ticket, and the absence of any World Series example for 1904, each of these two regular-season examples may represent a fine alternative for any advanced World Series ticket collection. Both tickets remain in incredible Near Mint condition and were recognized at the time of their discovery in the 1990s as perhaps the two best examples from the find. Our consignor purchased these tickets at auction in 1998 (and at that time they were specifically identified as dating from 1903 and 1904), and they have since remained in his sole possession. Total: 2 tickets. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,067


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