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Circa 1917 Chicago White Sox Trade Card Featuring Joe Jackson
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,763
Extraordinary previously unknown advertising trade card featuring the 1917 World Champion Chicago White Sox, produced to promote the sale of baseball uniforms. The advertising message to the far right reads "See the Special Baseball Uniform Line" in red lettering. The left side of the card captures the club in a classic team pose. Twenty-three team members are pictured, including Eddie Collins, manager Pants Rowland, and all eight players who would later be banned from baseball for conspiring to “throw” the 1919 World Series: Joe Jackson, Eddie Cicotte, Swede Risberg, Buck Weaver, Fred McMullin, Chick Gandil, Hap Felsch, and Lefty Williams. The photo is captioned "The World's Champion Baseball Team - The White Sox" and each player is identified below. The card is blank backed so it is not known exactly what company issued it, but based upon the advertising to the right it is a virtual certainty that it was a sporting-goods store or sporting-goods clothing manufacturer. It is likely that it was designed to be ink-stamped with the name and address of the retail establishment providing the team card, a common practice with complimentary advertising trade cards. This is the first example of this team card we have ever seen. It is obviously extremely rare and may be the only surviving example. The fact that it features the 1917 White Sox, including Joe Jackson and all other later-banned "Black Sox" players, makes this an especially significant rarity, of potential interest to card collectors, Black Sox collectors, and, of course, Joe Jackson collectors. The card (6.5 x 4.75 inches), printed on sturdy cardboard stock, is bright and clean, with a few very light scattered surface abrasions, mainly touching upon the far right side of the photo, and is otherwise in overall Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,763
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