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Exceptional 1897 letter on ornate "When Clothing Store" letterhead, written to Edwin Boyle by J.T. Brush, signed elaborately by Brush.  Then-president of the Cincinnati Reds, Brush writes to catcher Eddie Boyle, to explain that when the catcher was released by Pittsburgh, the Reds exercised the team's right to claim Young for the team, but since Boyle elected not to accompany the club to New Orleans, the best Brush could offer would be a Western league contract at $180 per month.  

According the, Boyle did latch on with the Minneapolis Millers of the Western League for the 1897 season, batting .231 in 333 at bats for what would be his final season of pro baseball.  

The letter and accompanying envelope have clearly been subjected to condition issues, having been repaired with clear tape that is quite visible on both.  Further, and more importantly, the letter and envelope were affixed to a foamcore backing for framing purposes, where they currently remain adhered.  Professional restoration could certainly remove the paper and even repair the tears, but even "as is," this is an exceptional document of the early business of baseball, from one of the game's important early names.

1897 J.T. Brush Signed Letter to Catcher Eddie Boyle
1897 J.T. Brush Signed Letter to Catcher Eddie Boyle
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Minimum Bid: $100
Final prices include buyers premium.: $160
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Sunday, August 30, 2020.
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