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Graded 10 PR 1 by SGC. Approaching the pinnacle of their brief, but resounding success, the eleven stars depicted on this schedule card are the Detroit Wolverines of 1886. The card was an advertiser for P. Lorillard’s several tobacco brands, and it served as a schedule for the second half of Detroit’s 1886 National League season. This pictorial schedule measures 4” x 5-1/2”, and the portrait images of the several Wolverines are very accurate line drawings, adapted from photographs, we surmise. The piece has been evaluated 10 Poor by SGC, and we readily acknowledge that it’s in reduced condition, but certainly not prohibitively so. Some intermittent damp staining appears (which penetrates the stock), the corners bear light/mild wear, a light crease traverses, and there’s some top-ply abrading on the reverse (indicative of album mounting). The Wolverines were a fleeting phenomenon in the National League (as contrasted to a rooted franchise). In the early 1880s and fueled by an enormous inheritance, Frederick Stearns determined to put the demographic outpost of Detroit on the baseball map. He set about the ‘hostile takeover’ of as many top-shelf player contracts as possible. And all this energy and all this money generated a team that indeed won the National League pennant in 1887 – the season immediately following the publication of this antique schedule card. Headed by the very able Ned Hanlon, the magnificent roster was studded with the likes of Dan Brouthers and Sam Thompson – all of whom are pictured on this schedule, and are now denizens in the Halls of Cooperstown.
1886 Lorillard’s Illustrated National League Schedule (Detroit Wolverines) Featuring Brouthers, Hanlon, and Sam Thompson - SGC 10 PR 1
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