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1938 Negro League East-West All-Star Game Large Format Presentation Photograph
Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $1,955.00
Original presentation display photograph (10 ½ x 14 inches) of the Negro League East-West All-Star game East Squad team taken on August 21, 1938 at Comiskey Park. Each player is wearing his respective Negro League team's uniform. The East lost the 1938 All-Star game to the West, and their Hall of Fame pitcher Hilton Smith, by a score of 5-4. The photo is captioned, in white lettering in a box in the lower left, "Sixth Annual East-West Ball Game, West 5 East 4, August 21, 1938 - Attendance 30,000. Comiskey Park - Chicago, ILL." This team includes Hall of Famers Oscar Charleston, Buck Leonard, Willie Wells, and future HOFer Biz Mackey. This photo originates from the collection of Buck Leonard. These large format display photographs were presented to each player on the team. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only surviving example of this presentation photograph known to exist. Accompanied by a photo (copy) of Buck Leonard at home, in his den, with Jeff Eastland, with this very photograph hanging on the wall behind them. Extraordinary photo quality, tremendous detail with incredibly bold contrast. Excellent condition. Beautifully framed to dimensions of 17 x 20 inches. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $1,955.00
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