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Rare 1890 Brooklyn (vs. Philadelphia) Players' League Program
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $4,500
Exceedingly rare 1890 Players' League program issued for a game between Brooklyn and Philadelphia on August 6th. Players' League programs of this style are highly prized for their dazzling full-color covers, as well as their great rarity and historical significance. The Players' League was formed in 1890 by Major League players who had become dissatisfied with their treatment by the 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. One of the most interesting aspects of this piece is that it was published by John Montgomery Ward, as noted in print on the cover. Obviously, Ward had his hand in basically every aspect of the new league, including printing his club's programs. The preprinted lineups include Ward (the founder of the Players' League), Orr, Van Haltren, Andrews, and Joyce for Brooklyn, and Shindle, Wood, Mulvey, Cross, and Sanders for Philadelphia. Neatly scored in pencil to record an 11-9 Brooklyn victory. The four-page program (6 x 9 inches) displays a moderate vertical fold and a very tiny pencil notation on the upper right corner of the cover; otherwise it is in Excellent condition, with all of the colors bright and bold. This is an extremely rare and ideal-for-display relic from this historically important one-year league. Also, the cover of this program presents one of the truly great classic baseball-related graphics of the era. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500+. SOLD FOR $4,500
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