Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXXIII
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In 1882, von der Ahe bought the bankrupt and scandal-ridden St. Louis Brown Stockings baseball franchise for $1,800 and joined the American Association. He named the team the Browns, hired Charlie Comiskey as player/manager and set out to change baseball, while making his fortune. The Browns dominated the American Association, winning four straight league championships starting in 1885, and the baseball, beer sales at the ballpark, and other investments made von der Ahe wealthy. He made $500,000 off the baseball team alone. He set the ticket price at 25 cents, hoping fans would spend money on beer. As a result, the Browns led the league in attendance and soon had to expand his ballpark. The term fan is sometimes attributed to von der Ahe.
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1887 Old Judge Cigarettes N172 Chris Von Der Ahe Brown's Champions SGC Authentic

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Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $195.60
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Friday, December 1, 2017.
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