1879 Cincinnati Star B.B.C. Application to Join National League. Extraordinary early document dates to the third year of existence of the Senior Circuit, and represents the apparent failed attempt of a club from the birthplace of professional baseball to join its ranks. The text, in full:

    Cincinnati, Oct. 25th, 1879: N.E. Young, Esq., Sec'y National League of Prof. B.B. Clubs.

    Sir, The Cincinnati Star Base Ball Assn hereby makes formal application for the vacancy in the League caused by the resignation of the Cinti. Club. Respectfully, Justus Thorner, Pres't., Chas. T. Blackburn, Sec'y.

    The calligraphic text is gorgeously scripted on letterhead providing a panoramic image of the City of Cincinnati, and is imprinted with the seal of the Star club. Original storage/mailing folds are evident, with some minor edge wear and staining, but the piece remains fully intact and perfect for display. A thrilling relic from the infancy of the Majors.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000.

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