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1919 Cincinnati Reds World Series Ticket Stub - Game 1

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,231

This rare and highly desirable ticket stub (bleacher seat) from Game 1 of the infamous 1919 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds, held at Redland Field in Cincinnati, is notable for its exceptional appearance. Few, if any, 1919 World Series ticket stubs have survived in perfect shape, and this is example is no exception; however, its flaws are extremely unobtrusive and it presents at a much higher level than most "Black Sox" World Series game tickets. There is a very tiny half-inch vertical tear near the upper left corner (no paper loss; looks more like a crease than a tear) and an approximate one-inch light horizontal crease extending from the right border, as well as minor corner wear. All of these flaws are extremely minor in nature and barely apparent at first glance. As a result the ticket projects an overall Excellent appearance. While its technical grade is obviously slightly lower than Excellent, this is still the finest overall 1919 Game 1 World Series ticket we have ever offered and one of the few that we have ever seen that was not previously mounted in an album (many exhibit surface paper residue on the reverse from having been removed from an album or scrapbook). It should be noted that this ticket stub, as well as the extraordinary high-grade 1919 Game 2 World Series ticket stub offered in this auction, originates from a non collector (living in Kentucky, just outside the Cincinnati area) and is new to the hobby. Its exceptional condition notwithstanding, this ticket is steeped in historical significance. It was in Game 1 that the Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Eddie Cicotte intentionally hit the first batter he faced, thereby signaling the gambling community that the “fix” was on. The “Black Sox” lost Game 1 by a score of 9-1, and the crooked actions of the now infamous “eight men out” (Cicotte, Joe Jackson, Lefty Williams, Swede Risberg, Chick Gandil, Buck Weaver, Hap Felsch, and Fred McMullin) allowed the Reds to win the Series in eight games. The 1919 World Series is still the most famous and talked about World Series in baseball history. This is an extremely rare and exceptional World Series ticket with a historical significance and universal appeal that transcends ticket collecting. Size: 4.25 x 2 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,231

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