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Small town baseball makes a big splash with this antique guide which lets you see eye to eye with the original iteration of the I.-I. League. Comprised mainly of teams from Illinois and Iowa with a couple from Indiana thrown in, this short-lived professional minor league lasted only three years from 1890-1892. Not to be confused with the I.I.I. League which fielded teams for sixty seasons from 1901-1961, this abbreviated organization left little in the way of period souvenirs judging from fruitless research on related materials. This spectacular 1892 “Constitution and By-Laws of the I.-I. League of Professional Baseball Clubs” guide book had us looking for a new term to signify beyond rare, maybe rare² would do. Any way you put it, this premium quality publication is an obscure part of baseball history sure to please advanced collectors. Measuring 3-5/8 x 5-5/8”, this nicely preserved book boasts a solid spine, bold cover graphics and clean, supple pages with only light to moderate wear on the cover perimeter. Published in 1892 by “The Joliet News Printing Company”, it technically rates as (VG-EX), however remains very pleasing. Be one of the select few to actually possess one of the nearly extinct relics of this 1890s baseball league.
The other original I.-I. League item offered in this auction is an 1891 Cedar Rapids Canaries team photo featuring John McGraw from the same Midwest consignor of this guide. This photo can be found in the Baseball Cards and Vintage Memorabilia->Baseball Original Photos/News-Service Photos category