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1869 The Red Stockings' March Sheet Music
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $3,000
The Red Stockings' March sheet music, composed by C. Kinkel and published in 1869 by J. L. Peters, New York. The cover design of this classic nineteenth-century sheet music features portrait illustrations of all nine Red Stockings team members, including manager Harry Wright, George Wright, Asa Brainard, Charlie Gould, and Cal McVey, surrounding an illustration of Brainard on the mound. The Cincinnati Red Stockings were baseball's first all-professional team and the best in the land in 1869, compiling a record of 57-0. As such, they were, and still are, one of the most celebrated teams in baseball history. This sheet music has always been considered one of the most attractive and significant souvenirs relating to that historic club. It is also scarce. This is only the second example we have handled since 2004 and we have seen probably fewer than a dozen offered at auction during the past decade. The sheet music (10.5 x 14 inches), which is lightly toned, displays a number of large tears (paper loss) along the bottom borders of both the front and back covers, as well as numerous edge tears. The covers were once detached but. have been professionally repaired with rice paper. In Fair to Good condition; however, despite the obvious flaws, the central illustration and portraits are largely unaffected and present at a much higher level than suggested by its technically accurate grade.
Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $3,000
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