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1915 Boston Red Sox World Champions Leather Display
Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $6,960.00
This is a spectacular, extremely large leather wall display produced to commemorate the 1915 World Champion Boston Red Sox, featuring a large team photo in the center, including Harry Hooper, Tris Speaker, and Joe Wood. Individual oval portraits of manager Bill Carrigan, Duffy Lewis, Dutch Leonard, Tris Speaker, and Harry Hooper appear above and below the center image, respectively, with each player identified in print below his photo. "Red Sox - World Champions - 1915" is printed below the team photo in script lettering. The Boston Red Sox were at the height of their dynasty when this leather was issued. In addition to winning the World Series in 1915, the team won its second consecutive World's Championship the following year. In total, the Red Sox won four World Series Championships in the seven-year span from 1912 to 1918. These huge leather displays were very expensive in 1915, which no doubt contributes to their great rarity today. It is interesting to note that this was an art form that appears to have been popular for a very short time. Only a few different leather display tributes featuring baseball teams are known to exist, and all date within a year or two of 1915. The irregularly cut white leather display exhibits only minor imperfections of little consequence including a few tiny pinholes around the extreme perimeter from long ago being tacked up for display; it is otherwise in Excellent condition. This is a very unusual, rare, and extremely striking Red Sox display piece dating from the golden age of Boston's baseball dynasty. Dimensions: Approximately 32 x 39 inches. Magnificently framed to total dimensions of 43 x 46 inches. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $2,500/$5,000. SOLD FOR $6,960.00
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