1887 Sketches of the New York [Giants] Base Ball Club. Effectively one of the earliest baseball team yearbooks ever produced, this fifty-two-page softcover volume written by June Rankin and published by the press that released The Police Gazette features marvelous woodcut portrait illustrations and biographies of twenty team members including Roger Connor, James O'Rourke, Buck Ewing, Mickey Welch, Tim Keefe, John Ward and more. Also within are schedules of the 1887 National League, the home schedules for both New York and Brooklyn, and a marvelous array of period advertisements from the likes of Spalding Sporting Goods. The cover is chipped and detached, and heavy foxing appears throughout, but these concerns must be considered within the context of the publication's intense rarity. Another (lower-grade) example appears in the Final Session of this auction.

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