Lot # 17: 1886 William Smith Memorial Benefit Ticket

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 14 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "REA Summer 2021",
which ran from 7/23/2021 12:00 PM to
8/15/2021 9:00 PM

Graded FAIR 1.5 by PSA. Presented is an exceedingly rare nineteenth-century baseball memorial game benefit ticket. It features a photograph of the respective player whose early death relates to his professional baseball career. They were souvenirs of memorial games, organized to honor the memory of the then-recently deceased players, with the photographic tickets sold to raise funds for each player’s family. The ticket also qualifies as a card. While they did give the bearer the right to enter the game, they were issued specifically as souvenirs, and each has instructions to the purchaser on the reverse, which reads, “Don’t give up this Ticket at the Gate. Keep it in memory of the honest Player, for the benefit of whose wife and family it is issued” (in the case of the offered Smith “...whose Mother it is issued”). The front of the ticket reads “3rd Baseman of the Toronto Base Ball Club. Fatally injured while bathing on Hanlan’s Island, Toronto, August 8th, 1886. Died Monday, August 9th, at 3:30 A.M. God rest his soul in peace.” The Smith ticket cost 50 cents, with all proceeds going to the benefit of Smith’s mother. To date, PSA has authenticated only two examples of this rare piece with the offered example rating highest. An extraordinary nineteenth-century photographic benefit ticket, one of only a handful of examples known. Reserve $300.

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