Extraordinary 1890 Baseball Players’ League Signed Documents for First Player Revolt Discovered and to be Auctioned by Memory Lane Inc.

Memory Lane Inc., the leading dealer of sports collectibles, today announced the discovery and upcoming auction of historical 1890 baseball Players’ League signed documents that represent the inaugural players revolt against team management for players’ rights formed on Dec. 17, 1889. Including extremely rare signatures of Tim Keefe, Buck Ewing and John Montgomery Ward that have been authenticated by Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), the world’s largest third-party sports card authentication service, these documents are regarded as one of the most miraculous sports memorabilia discoveries experienced by the notable pastime and will be available for auction in separate lots starting Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 and will close Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

To view the Memory Lane auction starting Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, visit: http://www.memorylaneinc.com/site/lots/gallery

Proudly dubbed “The Northeast Find,” a significant number of unique documents relating to the by-gone 1890 Players’ League were rescued decades ago from a desolate New York-based building storage room and were recently brought to Memory Lane’s attention earlier this year by the team’s esteemed consignor. The 1890 Players’ League represented a significant moment in baseball history, preceding the Federal League and professional baseball players eventual challenge to the “reserve clause” that ultimately led to “free agency” and expulsion of the owners’ once tightly secured grip on players’ rights.

“Unquestionably, no memorabilia offering conjures up the excitement and fascination of newly unearthed artifacts,” said JP Cohen, President of Memory Lane Inc. “Considering its one-of-a-kind stature, we are sure the vast array of documents presented as separate lots in this auction, will capture the hearts of a myriad of elite hobbyists.”

Auction Highlights:

Extremely rare signatures from noteworthy individuals in the design of the Player’s League and Hall of Fame icons Tim Keefe, Buck Ewing and John Montgomery Ward

An extraordinary, single-page document signed by both Tim Keefe and Buck Ewing

Unique Player’s League Articles of Agreement, Constitution and By-laws

Signed agreements for several Players’ League teams detailing salary-related bonds

Signed documents detailing the sale of the Cincinnati…

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