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    Possibly Unique April 29, 1886 Kansas City Cowboys Souvenir Park Dedication Team Card SGC Authentic. Presented is quite possibly the only surviving example of a souvenir team card featuring the 1886 Kansas City Cowboys of the National League (NL). The team existed for just the one season before going to the American Association bringing Pittsburgh into the NL in 1887. This team card, credited to photographer "THOMSON" on the front dates to the very earliest days of the team and we can only speculate how many were made and how few exist. The back of this one-of-kind relic reads, "DEDICATION. For The Kansas City Ball Park" "Souvenir" "Entrance to Park at Sixth and Lydia Ave. Leave Cable Cars at Lydia Ave. and Independence Avenue at John Street, Thursday, April 29, 1886. In red pencil it reads "Return to McBride" and "3 Cal Cent Ed" (?). It was on May 1, 1886 the team took the field for their inaugural and final season. With a 30-91 record it is no surprise the team found little support from the Kansas City faithful and went bankrupt. In order to raise funds, we know the Kansas City Baseball Association sold stock certificates as Heritage sold an example in October 2012. Pictured are 14 members in full uniform surrounded by props inside the Thomson studio. The mount measures approx. 4-1/4 x 3-1/2" with obvious condition issues. The top edge is hand cut and is the reason for the SGC Authentic assessment. The central image has corner portions missing and has a pin hole but delivers a strong photo with a full range of values and details.

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    November, 2015
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