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1918 and 1919 Chicago White Sox Celluloid Season Passes (2)

Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $1,955.00

Presented are two Chicago White Sox celluloid season passes (each 2-3/8 x 3-3/4 inches), dating from the 1918 and the all-important key 1919 Black Sox season, respectively. The 1919 pass is the most significant of all season passes of the era, dating from the year of the infamous Black Sox scandal. The front has "Chicago White Sox" superimposed over an illustration of Comiskey Park, with the recipient's name on the front, and the White Sox home schedule printed on the reverse. This is season pass #312. In 1919 there may have been as many as 500 of these coveted passes distributed. Few have survived, and this is the first example that we can recall ever offering. The 1918 pass has "World's Champion Chicago White Sox" superimposed over an illustration of Comiskey Park, and the name of the recipient ("Amon Carter") on the front, with an elaborately designed gold eagle over an American Flag shield emblem on the reverse. There is also a small notice sticker affixed to the back, which reads in part "The holder of this pass agrees to pay two cents to the Company or Club each time it is presented for admission to the park..." These season passes were presented by the White Sox exclusively to special VIPs and dignitaries, and entitled the holder to admittance to all White Sox games played at Comiskey Park. Because of their purpose, and method of distribution, it is easy to understand their great rarity. These are also among the very few passes of the era printed on sturdy high-quality celluloid. Most season passes from this era were printed on paper stock, which adds to the uniqueness of these two celluloid passes. An outstanding pair of rare Chicago White Sox celluloid season passes, including the most important pass of the era, for the infamous 1919 Black Sox scandal season. Both passes are in Nr/Mt to Mint condition. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $1,955.00


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