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1918 Cleveland Indians Sketch Book
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,160.00
Extremely rare 1918 Cleveland Indians yearbook in extraordinarily high grade, virtually perfect condition. Team yearbooks dating prior to 1920 are extremely rare. The offered example is one of the few from this early era. This is an extraordinary example both in terms of rarity and condition. The 48-page soft cover booklet features individual portrait photos and short biographies of twenty-two team members including Ray Chapman (who would be killed by a pitched ball in 1920), "Smokey Joe" Wood (he hit .296 as an outfielder with the club in 1918), Stan Coveleski, Elmer Smith (who missed the entire season due to military service), Bill Wambsganss, Jim Bagby and Steve O'Neill. Tris Speaker is also pictured in the book, but his image is not relegated to portrait size. Instead, the famed "Grey Eagle" is featured in a full length batting pose, with his photo filling an entire page. Other notables pictured in the booklet are team owner James C. Dunn, manager Lee Fohl, and team business manager E. S. Barnard (who would later be elected American League President). Another page pictures Tris Speaker as he purchases the first bond during the country's second Liberty Bond campaign. In addition to the numerous photos, the book also includes team facts and statistics from prior seasons. The striking graphics of the cover also make this rare publication ideal for display. As noted previously, this yearbook is notable not only for its scarcity, but also for its condition. This is without question the finest 1918 Cleveland Indians Sketchbook in existence. Conservatively graded Near Mint condition, we cannot imagine there exists a finer example. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,160.00
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