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1896 Baltimore Orioles Program - Joe Kelley Cover
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $720
Extremely rare baseball program dating from the glory years of the legendary 1890s Baltimore Orioles and one in a series of programs issued that season by the Orioles featuring a player photo on the cover. The colorful cover features a sepia portrait of Baltimore outfielder and Hall of Famer Joe Kelley surrounded by an illustrated game-in-progress scene and advertising for a number of local Baltimore establishments. A Pepsin Gum advertisement appears on the back cover. The four-page program was issued for a game against the Cincinnati Reds. The interior preprinted lineups include Kelley, Keeler, McGraw, Robinson, and Jennings for Baltimore, and Ewing, McPhee, Burke, Miller, Irwin, and Smith for Cincinnati. Neatly scored in pencil to record a 8-6 Baltimore win. Research indicates that the only 8-6 Baltimore home victory over Cincinnati in 1896 occurred on August 28th. Baltimore captured its third consecutive National League pennant in 1896 and then continued its success in the postseason by sweeping the Cleveland Spiders four games to none in the Temple Cup. (The Temple Cup matched the National League's first and second place finishers in a best-of-seven postseason series to determine the World Champions.) The program (6 x 9 inches) displays a number of light creases, tiny edge tears, and a small border chip on the front cover. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $720
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