Outstanding example of The Red Stockings 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 fourth complete example we have handled since 2004 and we have seen probably fewer than a dozen offered at auction during the past decade. This particular example, which features no restoration, is also one of the finest we have seen. The covers and pages are detached and each displays minor toning, as well as a few tiny edge tears and creases. However, the central illustration area and text are free of any significant flaws, and the piece is Excellent in its overall appearance. Given its age and extremely fragile nature, this sheet music is rarely found without serious condition problems or professional restoration. This superlative example is the rare exception and would represent an upgrade for most advanced collectors. 10.75 x 14 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).