Original 1887 Chromolithograph Baseball Score Card Rochester Vs Hamilton
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Original 1887 Chromolithograph Baseball Score Card Rochester Vs Hamilton:
Very Rare and beautiful, original, 1887 Chromolithograph Folding Professional Baseball Scorecard from an International League game played between the Rochester, N.Y. Base Ball Club and the Hamilton (Ontario) Base Ball Club featuring a fantastic image of an outfielder diving for a ball!!! Interestingly, this is a pre-printed, "Game Day" Scorecard with the names of the teams, the names of the starting 9's and the date of the Game - "Saturday May 14" printed on the box score portion of the Scorecard!!
This exceptionally rare and very attractive, 19th century Baseball Score Card measures approx. 4 3/8" by 7" and is printed on a light weight card stock. It is a single, folded card creating 4 pages (a front and rear cover and the 2 interior pages). The Box Score portion of the Scorecard has been neatly scored in pencil by someone attending the Game!!!
The wonderful Chromolithograph image on the front cover of the Scorecard is an outstanding view of a a fielder in the outfield in full 1880's Baseball diving to catch a ball. In the background there is a spectator seated atop the outfield fence and 2 others peeking over the top of the fence. Text at the top of the image reads "Official Score Card" and the name of the publisher - Stern Chase of Rochester - can be found at the bottom of the image. Surrounding the image on the front cover and covering the entire back cover there are advertisements for local, upstate New York businesses "Of interest" to "gentleman" base ball fans - ads for beer, whiskey, saloons, Tobacco, sporting goods, wines, restaurants, guns, baseball equipment, walking canes, tailors, etc. There are also advertisements surrounding the preprinted score card blanks.
The Rochester Baseball Club was a professional team that in 1887 played in the International League (an equivalent to a Triple A team of the modern era). Just 3 years later they would join the ranks of the Major League Clubs when they became a member of the American Association in 1890.
This very rare and quite wonderful, 1887 Chromolithographed Baseball Scorecard is in very good condition but displays much better. It is generally clean and crisp with no soiling or staining and with only very light edge wear. As mentioned above, it is neatly scored in pencil by someone attending the May 4, 1887 game between Rochester and Hamilton at Rochester. The only real flaw are three small pieces of old tape used to reinforce the edges of the spine fold. These pieces of tape are applies on the inner surface of the spine and have caused no discoloration of the card stock. Overall this is a very well preserved example of this very rare, 19th century Baseball Scorecard that displays beautifully.
A very rare and very attractive, 1887 Chromolithograph Folding Professional Baseball Scorecard from an International League game played between the Rochester, N.Y. Base Ball Club and the Hamilton (Ontario) Base Ball Club on May 4th, 1887 and a fantastic addition to any collection!!!
Please Note: This is an original, 1887 Chromolithographed Baseball Scorecard - not a reprint, reissue, reproduction or later printing but an original item - published, printed and sold at the Ballpark on May 4th, 1887 - 126 years ago!!!
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