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1915 Zeenut PCL "Black Sox" Collection (3)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $5,510.00
Collection of three rare 1915 Zeenut PCL cards (Fred McMullen, Claude Williams, and Swede Risberg) representing three of the eight Chicago "Black Sox" who were banned from baseball for their alleged role in throwing the 1919 World Series. All three are graded and encapsulated by SGC: 1) Fred McMullen (SGC POOR 10). This is a very significant card as the 1915 Zeenut card picturing him with the Los Angeles Angels of the PCL is the only insert card known of Fred McMullen. The only other vintage card of McMullen ever issued is the 1917 Chicago White Sox team issue and there is only one example known of that card. This card was once part of the Buck Barker Collection. Notations by the legendary Buck Barker in his trademark handwriting give this card an additional special historical distinction. McMullen was a platoon third baseman who only managed one home run in his entire career. Although he batted only twice in the entire 1919 World Series, he was still banned for life from the game of baseball for his part in the conspiracy. This example has numerous creases and, in addition to the Buck Barker notations, also has two pieces of tape on the reverse. Low grade but extremely desirable in any condition. 2) Swede Risberg (SGC POOR 10). Risberg helped destroy a team that might have rivaled the great Yankees of the 1920s. Barred for life for throwing the 1919 Series, he also fixed games in his rookie year and in 1920. Risberg's arrival allowed Buck Weaver to move back to third base, his natural position. Risberg despised his double play partner, Eddie Collins, for his talent, character, education, air of superiority, and above all, salary. He preferred the tough Chick Gandil, who enlisted the young shortstop as his first lieutenant in the fix. Swede played in all eight games of the 1919 World Series. In twenty-five at bats, he had only two hits for a .080 batting average. In the field, Swede committed a total of four errors. During the ensuing trial, Joe Jackson requested protection after Risberg threatened to kill him if he dared talk. The offered 1915 Zeenut of Risberg is one of only five baseball cards ever produced of him. The card has several creases and an area of surface paper loss from tape removal in the center of the reverse. It is otherwise in Good condition. 3) Claude "Lefty" Williams (SGC GOOD 30). Williams was a promising young left-handed pitcher before being banned from baseball. He was an important contributor for the White Sox, winning twenty-three games in 1919. Gandil and Cicotte, who helped organize the "Black Sox," knew that they had to have more than one pitcher (Cicotte) in on their conspiracy and went after Williams. Williams enthusiastically obliged and went on to lose all three of his decisions in the Series. Due to his shortened career, he only appeared on a few cards. His 1915 Zeenut is his most desirable card and features him in the Pacific Coast League, ironically struggling to earn his way into the Major Leagues he would betray just several years later. This is Williams' rookie card. This key Zeenut rarity has two light creases in the top right corner and a few paper wrinkles on the reverse. Appears much nicer than its assigned grade. We grade this card Vg. Three extremely desirable and rarely offered cards of future Black Sox players from the 1915 Zeenut series. Total 3 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $5,510.00
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