Collect.com's June 18th auction includes a couple interesting currency-related items. Lots 153 and 154 are "Baseball currency". They're not ACTUAL currency of course, but advertising notes. I didn't find these listed in Vlack's Illustrated Catalogue of Early North American Advertising Notes, although I did find a similar note issued by a merchant in Wilmington, DE.
These are scarce items, probably no more scarce than a typical advertising note of the day. But because of the subject area they are always in demand and sell for over $1,000 today. I recall seeing an exhibit of these at an ANA convention several years ago. -Editor
This 1889 Baseball Currency reads on the front: "National Base Ball League Season of 1889 G.E. Jarvis & Co. Clothiers and Furnishers." Another part of the currency reads "Members of the Chicago Baseball Club." Albert Spalding, president, is pictured on the left. On the back, it reads: "This bill is good for 5 per cent. in payment for all cash purchases made of us. But one bill will be redeemed on any one purchase." 12 players are pictured, including Anson, Williamson, Pettit, Burns, Ryan, among others.
To view the lot description, see: Lot #153: 1889 Baseball Currency featuring Cap Anson and Cubs (Joliet, IL) (www.collect-auctions.com/LotDetail.aspx?lotid=167)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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