Lot # 123: 1889 Chicago Baseball Advertising Currency with Cap Anson

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 30 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2020",
which ran from 4/3/2020 3:00 PM to
4/19/2020 6:00 PM



During the late 1880s "baseball currencies" were produced as a novel form of advertising for local merchants. These currencies, printed on thin paper stock, were issued for several teams by various merchants over a period of several years. The design of each currency was similar in that it featured the respective year along with woodcut portraits of the respective team manager or president on the front, and smaller portrait images of the respective players on the reverse. Offered here is a currency featuring the Chicago White Stockings issued in 1889 by "Koch & Shankweiler," a clothing merchant in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The front of the note features the year ("1889"), a portrait of Chicago Nationals President A. G. Spalding, a full-length batting pose of Cap Anson, and Koch & Shankweiler advertising: "Largest and Leading Clothing House in the Valley." The reverse depicts portraits of twelve members of the powerhouse Chicago Nationals including John Clarkson, Cap Anson, and Billy Sunday. The currency (7.75 x 3.25 inches) displays a few tiny tears and creases along the border and corner areas and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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