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1901 Philadelphia Athletics Season Tickets - American League's Inaugural Season!

Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $480

Four 1901 Philadelphia Athletics tickets, each in their original unperforated state, originating from a season-ticket booklet. Each ticket, printed on thin paper stock, reads "American League Park/Season Ticket 1901/Admit To This Game Only/Not Transferable." These four tickets were issued for game numbers 33, 34, 35, and 36, as noted by the respective number printed on the front of each. 1901 marked the birth of the Philadelphia Athletics' American League franchise, and the first season in which the American League formally operated as a rival major league to the National League. The American League, founded by Ban Johnson, was not only successful in gaining a foothold in major cities, but also lured many of the top National League stars to its rosters. As a result, American League attendance topped that of the National League during its first two seasons. In 1903 the National League, realizing that Johnson's upstart league was here to stay, acquiesced and signed a new National Agreement that formally recognized the American League as a second Major League. We have seen only one other unperforated strip of 1901 Philadelphia Athletics tickets (numbered games 37-40) at auction in past fifteen years (which almost certainly originated from the very same season-ticket booklet as the offered strip), and no single examples, making this an exceedingly rare souvenir from the Athletics 1901 inaugural season. The strip of four tickets (2.25 x 3.75 inches) remains in Near Mint condition. Reserve $100. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $480

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