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Circa 1919 White Sox Photo Collection (6)
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $696.00
Collection of six original White Sox photos dating from the era of the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal is comprised of five player photos (Chick Gandil, Shano Collins, Buck Weaver, Ed Cicotte and Ray Schalk) and one unidentified game-in-progress scene. Chick Gandil: This 6.5 x 8.5-inch wire photo is particularly significant due to the content of the attached wire photo caption on the reverse. The caption, dated "1/3/27," refers to another gambling scandal involving Gandil that took place in 1917. The text reads in full: According to a copyrighted story in the El Paso Times this morning Chick Gandil, now manager of the Chino baseball team at Hurley, New Mexico, admitted that he collected the money and made the arrangements wherein the White Sox bought a series from the Detroit Tigers in 1917, and further added that every member of the White Sox were involved. Vg, with minor edge tears and editorial outlining of the image, elaborate Cleveland News and Underwood & Underwood credit stamps on reverse. Shano Collins: original Charles Conlon wire photo bears both the photographer's handwritten name and credit stamp on the reverse. The 6.5 x 8.5 photo originates from The Baseball Magazine archives and features a hologram label on the reverse denoting its provenance. Vg, with tack holes in the corners and heavy editorial outlining of the image. Buck Weaver: 7 x 5-inch photo captures Weaver sitting in an automobile as he poses with members of the "White Sox Roland Club." The photo is affixed to a black paper scrapbook mount and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Affixed to the reverse of the mount is a second original photo (7 x 3.75 inches) from the era capturing a game-in-progress action scene. A St. Louis player is pictured sliding into third as the third baseman dives to make the tag. While it is impossible to accurately identify the player making the tag, it is possible that may be Weaver. Mounted, otherwise Ex. Ed Cicotte: Original Culver Pictures photo captures Cicotte as he warms up prior to a game. The photo (4 x 5 inches) is affixed to a white cardboard mount that bears the Culver credit stamp on the reverse. Cicotte's name (as well as another name that is crossed out) appears in black ink along the top of the photo. While this is an original Culver photo, taken circa 1915 (based upon the uniform style), the print may date to the 1920s. Vg-Ex. Ray Schalk: 3.5 x 4.25-inch photo, circa 1924, of Schalk in a bust-length image. Paper residue on the reverse from having once been mounted in an album, otherwise Ex. Total: 6 photos (5 player photos and one unidentified game scene). Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $696.00
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