1872 Philadelphia Athletics vs. Boston Red Stockings Mort Rogers Photographic Scorecard. Extraordinarily rare scorecard transports us to the infancy of the professional game, pencil-scored for a June 12, 1872 contest between member teams of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, the first professional sports league of any kind. This scorecard was issued during the League's second of five years in existence before it transitioned into the National League which survives to this day, and relates to a home game for the Boston club, which would take first place honors this year and each subsequent season of the NAPBBP's existence. A look at the roster explains the dominance, as George and Harry Wright join fellow future Hall of Famer Albert Spalding in the line-up. A young third baseman named Cap Anson represented the Philly side, which would fall to the eventual Champs by a tally of twelve to four. The diminutive scorecard (5x7" when open) exhibits moderate handling wear but no tearing or staining, a quite impressive feat for survival over the better part of a century and a half. A real photo of Athletics center fielder John Sensenderfer and handwritten caption are applied to the cover, turning this incredible relic into a piece of early original baseball art. "Mort Rogers" scorecards are among the most coveted relics of the early game and it's not difficult to see why. Only a handful are known to survive, however, and we present here one of the finest of that meager supply.

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