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1919 Chicago White Sox Signature Collection (20)
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $3,525.00
The old adage that a few rotten apples can spoil the whole bunch certainly rang true to Chicago baseball fans in 1919. That year the unthinkable happened, as eight members of the club conspired to “throw” the World Series to the Reds, thus immortalizing every member of the infamous “Black Sox.” Offered here is a rare and significant 1919 Chicago White Sox signature collection that is comprised of seventeen players (fifteen different), including two of the conspirators (Gandil and Cicotte), as well as a photo of Joe Jackson ghost-signed for him by his wife and a baseball signed by Charles Rigler, one of the umpires in the 1919 World Series. Also included is a signature example of Chicago sportswriter Ring Lardner, who covered the Series and was one of the first to suspect that it was “fixed.” All of the individuals represented in this collection have long since passed away and many of the signatures offered here are quite rare, especially those of the common players. Needless to say, any collector today attempting to put together a complete 1919 Chicago White Sox signature collection (minus the cost-prohibitive Joe Jackson) would have to invest considerable time, effort and money. Not including manager Kid Gleason or any of the coaches, thirty-one players appeared on the club’s official 1919 roster. This assemblage includes more than half the team and represents an advanced collection unto itself, as well as an outstanding foundation for future completion. Unless otherwise noted, all of the signatures have been scripted in blue or black ink (grading “9/10”) upon either a lined or unlined 3 x 5-inch index card. 1-2) Chick Gandil (two examples). 3) Eddie Cicotte. 4) Eddie Collins (on a 4.5 x 2.75-inch cut, “8”). 5) Red Faber. 6) Ray Schalk. 7) Dickie Kerr (on a government postcard, personalized “To John, From Dick Kerr,” postmarked 5/26/52). 8) Joe Benz. 9) Grover Lowdermilk. 10-11) Frank Shellenback (one of the signatures is on an original 4 x 6-inch Burke & Brace black-and-white photo, grading“7,” the other is on a government postcard, postmarked 6/18/50). 12) Shano Collins (signed “John F. Collins” on a 1921 permission slip giving the Atlantic Lithographic & Printing Co., the rights to use his portrait for reproduction). 13) Harry Leibold. 14) Charlie Robertson (inscribed “Do not recall drive in runs – No difficult plays in game – C. Robertson”). 15) Red Russell. 16) Dave Danforth. 17) Johnny Murphy. 18) Joe Jackson (not his signature, "ghost-signed" for him by his wife on a 4 x 5-inch black-and-white photo, dated “8-1-51”). 19) Charles Rigler. (Official National League [Heydler] ball inscribed in blue fountain pen [“8/9”], “Compliments Chas. Rigler ‘Umpire.'” Another name, which has faded beyond recognition, appears across the sweet spot). 20) Ring Lardner (on a small typed note: “Dear Mrs. Feldman:- I have no aversions and my favorite expression is the one on President Hoover’s face.”). The ball is moderately soiled and one of the Gandil cards displays a few tiny wrinkles. The Collins permission slip displays minor rippling and paper residue on the reverse from having once been mounted. The Lardner note has been unevenly trimmed to its current dimensions and displays a vertical fold. Otherwise, each of the pieces is in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 20 signed items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+ SOLD FOR $3,525.00
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