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1938 Negro League East-West All-Star Game Large-Format Presentation Photograph (Ex-Buck Leonard Personal Collection)
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $2,350.00
Original presentation display photograph (10.5 x 14 inches) of the Negro League East-West All-Star game East Squad taken on August 21, 1938, at Comiskey Park. Each player is wearing his respective Negro League team's uniform. The East lost the 1938 All-Star game to the West, and their Hall of Fame pitcher Hilton Smith, by a score of 5-4. The photo is captioned, in white lettering in a box in the lower left, "Sixth Annual East-West Ball Game, West 5 East 4, August 21, 1938 - Attendance 30,000. Comiskey Park - Chicago, ILL." Included in this team photo are Hall of Famers Oscar Charleston, Buck Leonard, Willie Wells, and Biz Mackey. This photo originates from the personal collection of Buck Leonard and was later obtained by famed Negro League collector Jeff Eastland, where it remained for many years before being sold, along with his entire collection, in Robert Edward Auctions' 2004 sale. These large-format display photographs were presented to each player on the team. This was Buck Leonard's personal presentation photo, given to him as a keepsake in honor of his participation in the 1938 Negro League East-West All-Star game. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only surviving example. When Robert Edward Auctions originally offered this piece in 2004 it was accompanied by a photo (copy) of Buck Leonard and Jeff Eastland posing together in Leonard's den, with this very photograph hanging on the wall behind them (unfortunately, that photo is not included here). Extraordinary photo quality and tremendous detail with incredibly bold contrast. Excellent condition. Beautifully matted and framed to total dimensions of 17 x 20 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,350.00
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