It was a very light month on the auction house circuit in January, with only Huggins & Scott having a significant auction on January 27th. And there was only one Cubs related item in that auction. But it is a very cool item!
1894 Chicago Colts Pamphlet Style Scorecard Program - Huggins & Scott Lot #174 - $1,175.00
I have a thing for programs and this one had me drooling. I've only seen one or two other pre-1900 programs for the Cubs. This one is from 1894, from a game at West Side Grounds against the Baltimore Orioles. It is neatly scored in pencil, revealing that it is from the game on Sunday, June 24, 1894. The Colts were 11-10 losers on that day. The Orioles were the National League champions in 1894 and had 5 Hall of Famers in their everyday lineup. In this game, Dan Brouthers scored their 11th run with 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning to give them a seemingly meaningless insurance run and extend the lead to 11-5. But the Colts put on a rally in the bottom of the 9th to make it 11-10 before Cap Anson made the final out of the game. It looks like it was quite a game! The selling price was somewhat lower than I thought it would be, but I guess there is kind of a ceiling on how high programs from unremarkable games will go for, no matter how rare they are.