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1933 All-Star Game Program (Inaugural Game)
Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $1,292.50
Official program from the first Major League All-Star Game held on July 6, 1933, at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Signed in pencil (grading "10") by Carl Hubbell on the front cover (note: appears to be a vintage signature). Hubbell pitched two scoreless innings for the National League in the game. The fold-over scorecard pictures White Sox president J. Louis Comiskey on the cover, while the preprinted scorecard on the interior features the starting lineups for both teams, including Ruth and Gehrig for the American League and Paul Waner and Bill Terry for the National League. The 1933 All-Star Game featured what many consider to have been the greatest assembly of baseball talent to ever take the field in a single game. Seventeen future Hall of Famers made appearances in the game, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Frank Frisch, Chuck Klein, Chick Hafey, Bill Terry, Paul Waner, Pie Traynor, Gabby Hartnett, and Carl Hubbell. Connie Mack and John McGraw served as managers for their respective leagues. Babe Ruth hit the first homer in All-Star game history. Frisch provided the NL offense, with a two-run homer in the sixth inning, but the combined talents of Lefty Gomez and Babe Ruth allowed the American League to prevail, 4-2. The program has been scored in pencil for the first inning only (substitutions in the game are also noted) and displays a heavy vertical pocket-fold. A small pencil notation ("#3 - 30.00") appears on the back cover, apparently related to its sale long ago in the early days of organized collecting. Very Good condition overall. Note: There are reproductions of this important program. This, of course, is an original. The fact that this 1933 All Star Game program is signed by Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell, who pitched two innings in the historic contest, suggests that it may have even been signed at the game. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,292.50
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