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This promotional pair hails from Monte Ward’s revolutionary, yet short-lived Players’ League—a.k.a., "The Brotherhood." True to form for the ambitions of the Dreier Museum, it was insufficient merely to display the League’s baseball guide when there also existed a companion ad poster picturing that very guide! The card-stock, 11" x 13" poster remains completely intact and surprisingly durable. It features patriotic red-white-and-blue graphics for "The Best of All Baseball Guides," described as "Replete With All The Official Records and General Information - Price 10 Cents - Original Articles on The Players’ League by John M. Ward - The Brotherhood by T.J. Keefe." No obvious folding, creasing or rolling has ever taken place. Although there is peripheral discoloration due either to mounting, framing or storage conditions, the poster’s central area can be described as no less than EX/MT. Its counterpart guide, 1890 Players’ National League Baseball Guide: All the Official Figures, measures 4-1/8" x 6-1/8" and could probably benefit from professional restoration. The front cover is detached, the back cover is loose, and there are edge chips and a mid-spine split. Nevertheless, the guide boasts attractive front/back cover graphics and represents a fascinating compendium from the Players’ League experiment.
1890 Players' League Baseball Guide and Point-of-Sale Advertising Poster (2 Items)
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