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1919 Cincinnati Reds Team-Signed Advertising Display
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $10,575.00
Presented is an extraordinary item signed by the 1919 Cincinnati Reds team: a regional advertising piece, produced specifically for the 1919 World Series, printed on cardboard, signed by sixteen members of the 1919 World Champion Cincinnati Reds. This remarkable piece, issued by The Atlas Rubber & Belting Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, was distributed to fans as a special 1919 world series souvenir. One side of the cardboard display (10.75 x 7.25 inches) features a team photo of the Reds, while the reverse provides preprinted scoring grids for all nine World Series games. Pictured above the scoring grids is a photo of a game in progress at Redland Field. The team photo side of the display has been signed in black fountain pen by the following sixteen team members: Pat Moran (Mgr.), Ed Roush, Jake Daubert, Larry Kopf, Greasy Neale, Ivy Wingo, Nick Allen, Bill Rariden, Hod Eller, Rube Bressler, Ray Fisher, Heinie Groh, Morrie Rath, Dutch Ruether, Jimmy Ring, and Dolf Luque. The signatures range in grade from "4" to "8," averaging "6." The signed advertising piece was apparently presented as a gift from the club to the Reverend E. C. Boggess, as it has been personalized to him along the top border: "To Rev. Boggess from the Cincinnati Nationals." Scripted along the base of the photo is the notation "Cincinnati Base Ball Club - Worlds Champions." The reverse also bears the scripted name "Rev. E. C. Bogg" (the remainder of the name is cut off) along the top. Each of the scoring grids has been filled in to record the details of every World Series game, including the names of each team's pitcher and catcher. Also scripted below the scoring grid for Game 8 is the notation "Joe Jackson Home Run." The inscription "Cincinnati World's Champions 1919" appears above the blank scoring grid for Game 9 (the Series was won by Cincinnati five games to three). This piece is accompanied by a 1920 Cincinnati Reds season pass. The pass, numbered "587" is made out to "Rev. E. C. Boggess" and grants him free admission to the grandstand for each and every Reds home game. The display, printed on thick cardboard stock, has been clipped along all four corners and appears to have a slight trim. Additional minor imperfections include a few very light creases and a few tiny abrasions along the edges. A prepunched hole, for hanging, appears at the top border. While technically in Good to Very Good condition, all of the flaws are minor in nature and do not significantly detract from its apparent Excellent overall appearance. The season pass (4.5 x 2.5 inches) is in Excellent condition. 1919 Cincinnati Reds team-signed items are rare. That fact, combined with the exceptional display value and the rarity of the advertising piece itself, makes this a particularly extraordinary signed 1919 Reds item and a very significant (and very likely unique unique) souvenir relating to the infamous 1919 World Series. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $10,575.00
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