Lot # 57: 1888 Chicago White Stockings Baseball Advertising Currency with Cap Anson

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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 players on the reverse. Offered is a currency featuring the Chicago White Stockings issued in 1888 by "Palace Clothing Co.," a clothing merchant in Topeka, Kansas. The front of the note features the year ("1888"), a portrait of Chicago Nationals President A. G. Spalding, a full-length batting pose of Cap Anson, and Palace Clothing Co. advertising: "America's Largest Clothiers, Hatters, and Gent's Furnishers." The reverse depicts portraits of twelve members of the powerhouse Chicago Nationals including John Clarkson, Cap Anson, and Billy Sunday. Graded PR 1 by PSA, the currency (7.75 x 3.25 inches) displays a few edge tears, moderate creasing, and a small chip missing on the right edge. Reserve $300.

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