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1917 Chicago White Sox Team Panoramic Print
Starting Bid - $800.00 , Sold For - $3,231.25
Titled "Comiskey's Champion White Sox - 1917," this enormous 40 x 18-inch photographic print pictures twenty-five members of the 1917 World Champion White Sox, each standing shoulder to shoulder in uniform, superimposed against a background photo of a filled-to-capacity Comiskey Park. This is one of the all-time great display pieces of the era, and one of the few that is also an extraordinary Black Sox related display piece. Portrait photos of president Charles Comiskey, secretary Harry Grabiner, and treasurer Louis Comiskey are pictured above the players. All of the players are identified in print directly below their respective images. This print has long been hailed as one of the most visually impressive of all panoramic display pieces and is also highly desirable due to the fact that it features all of the infamous "eight men out" who were later banned from baseball for their role in the 1919 World Series scandal: Joe Jackson, Ed Cicotte, Hap Felsch, Swede Risberg, Lefty Williams, Buck Weaver, Chic Gandil, and Fred McMullen. Also included in the photo are Eddie Collins, manager Kid Gleason, Ray Schalk, and Urban Faber. The photographers credit, "Burke & Atwell - 173 W. Madison St., Chicago," appears along the base. In addition to its stunning visual appeal, the offered piece is also a condition rarity. These prints are large and were produced on relatively thin stock, and as a result, most surviving examples are in poor condition. This piece is exceptional with regard to its state of preservation. The flaws are minor. The print has a tiny half-inch tear in the lower left border and a small corner chip in the upper right, as well as some very fine (but unobtrusive) light creases. All of the mentioned flaws are extremely minor and do not detract from its extraordinary display value. The condition of this piece contrasts sharply with other examples we have seen, many of which display multiple creases, tears, and/or staining. While technically in Very Good condition, the print presents minimally as Excellent. This would be a prize on the wall of even the most advanced museum-caliber collection. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $3,231.25
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