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1919 Chicago White Sox World Series Program and Rare 1919 Black Sox Team Postcard
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $23,500
This complimentary pair of 1919 “Black Sox” items is comprised of a rare and historically significant 1919 Chicago White Sox World Series program, one of the most highly sought-after of all early World Series programs, and an even rarer 1919 White Sox team postcard, one of a set of two postcards issued in 1919 to commemorate the World Series (the other team postcard from this rare two-card set features the Reds). 1) 1919 Chicago White Sox World Series Program - Game 3. This is one of the great rarities of all World Series programs of the era, in addition to naturally being one of the most sought-after. The 1919 World Series program sold at Chicago is much rarer than the 1919 World Series program issued in Cincinnati. While the Reds produced a lavish, large-format fifty-page commemorative program for this series, Comiskey, true to his penurious ways, simply used the standard regular-season program featuring a portrait photo of him on the cover, with the interior scorecards featuring the preprinted lineups for both the Reds and White Sox. Included in the lineup for Chicago are five of the eight conspirators who were later banned from baseball: Weaver, Jackson, Felsch, Gandil, and Risberg. Although the program is not scored, the pitchers’ names for each team (Kerr for Chicago and Fisher for Cincinnati) have been neatly written in pencil in the appropriate box. Game 3 was the only game in which Kerr and Fisher faced each other during the Series. Kerr, of course, was not one of the conspirators and won both Game 3 and Game 6 for the Sox. One of the added highlights of this twenty-page program is an interior Hillerich & Bradsby advertisement featuring full-length photos of both Joe Jackson and Eddie Collins in endorsement of Louisville Slugger bats. This program is many times rarer than the 1919 Reds World Series program and is highly prized by both World Series program and 1919 "Black Sox" scandal collectors today. The program (6 x 9 inches) displays a vertical center fold, a small area of light discoloration on the cover, and a few tears along the back cover. The interior scorecard pages have detached from the spine. In Good to Very Good condition overall. 2) 1919 Chicago White Sox Team Postcard. The postcard front features portrait images of nineteen team members including all eight conspirators: Joe Jackson, Swede Risberg, Hap Felsch, Buck Weaver, Chick Gandil, Eddie Cicotte, Lefty Williams and Fred McMullin. The remaining players pictured are Kid Gleason, Ray Schalk, Dick Kerr, Eddie Collins, Urban Faber, John Collins, Byrd Lynn, Eddie Murphy, Bill James, Joe Jenkins, and Harry Leibold. This is a particularly interesting and significant card as 1919 was not a big year for baseball cards, and to the best of our knowledge this represents the only team card issued of the infamous "Black Sox." This is one of a two-card set, with the "match" featuring the 1919 Cincinnati Reds. Both are extremely rare. REA sold this very example at auction years ago and this is only example we have ever offered. The postcard (3.5 x 5.5) has never been mailed but displays corner wear, a scratched notation (written in sharp pencil which has been erased) along the top border which reads "Died Oct 9, 1919" (the date of the final game of the 1919 World Series), and a few pencil notations on the reverse. Graded Poor 10 by SGC. Without reference to the pencil notations the postcard is in overall Very Good condition. Each of these items is an extremely significant and extremely historic rarity on its own; together they compliment one another and are particularly ideal for display. A higher-grade 1919 World Series program at Chicago sold at REA in 2008 (Lot 1213) for $17,625. The postcard is so rare that there is no formal consensus on its value. It is simply not yet on the radar of collectors. We think it is a very overlooked rarity of enormous significance as the only vintage 1919 "Black Sox" team card. Total 2 items. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $23,500
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