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1906 Game-Used World Series Ball
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,276.00
This remarkable relic is a circa 1906 Official American League (Johnson) baseball, identified in a period framed presentation as having been used in the 1906 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox. The heavily soiled, red-and black-stitched ball is housed in a custom made shadowbox display and sits above a vintage black fountain pen notation in an irregularly shaped window cut out of the wood backdrop that reads "Ball used by Cubs vs. Sox in World Series at Chicago 1906 - Presented by Sox Team." This framed display has been in the possession of our consignor, a longtime collector, for many years. He purchased it in an antique store decades ago. All of the extremely well-worn framing materials are vintage. Unfortunately, other than the age of the display, the vintage identification in the frame beneath the ball, and the fact that this is indeed a ball from the 1906 era, there is no other additional accompanying documentation. Though there is a leap of faith that accompanies an item such as this, we believe that this leap is small. It is our opinion that it is very unlikely that anyone would create such a display if this were not, in fact, a ball that was actually used in the 1906 World Series. The 1906 World Series marked one of the greatest upsets in Series history, as Fielder Jones' famed "Hitless Wonders" defeated the heavily favored Chicago Cubs (winners of a record 116 games that season) in six games to capture their first World Championship in franchise history. The framed display measures 9.25 x 10.5 x 3 inches and displays a number of chips, abrasions and scratches. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,276.00
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