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Lot # 1008 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1928 "Champions of Al Smith" Campaign Poster

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,406.25

This classic campaign poster (27.5 x 21.75 inches) pictures champions from various sports endorsing candidate Al Smith's bid for the presidency in 1928. In the center of the poster nine Yankees, including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, each holding a bat with a single letter attached. Together the letters read "For Al Smith." To the left is a larger illustration of Babe Ruth in a batting pose. Other champions endorsing Al Smith in this poster include Knute Rockne, Gene Tunney, and John McGraw. Al Smith lost the election to Herbert Hoover but the Yankees had a better year, sweeping the Cardinals in the 1928 World Series in four games. This is one of the most highly regarded of all presidential campaign posters, and is universally recognized among collectors of presidential campaign material as the most valuable and desirable of all Al Smith campaign posters. This rare and stunning poster was also always a favorite of Barry Halper. For years it prominently graced the walls of Barry's office at work. This very poster appeared as Lot #2378 in the 1999 Halper auction. He always regretted not keeping it, so when it appeared at auction several years later, Barry bought it back! The poster has fold lines and some creasing but displays beautifully. The poster is dry mounted and has fold lines and some creasing but displays beautifully. Technically in Very Good condition. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 34.25 x 28.5 inches. From the Barry Halper Collection. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $4,406.25

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