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1930-1931 Harrison Studios Homestead Grays Postcards - Harris and Scales
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,645
Pair of exceedingly rare Negro League real-photo postcards capturing two of the key members of the 1930-1931 Homestead Grays: Elander "Vic" Harris and George "Tubby " Scales. This is the very same set that includes the Josh Gibson twice-autographed example that was sold by REA in 2006 for $81,200, setting a record for a postcard of any type that stands to this day. Currently, only five postcards from this set are listed in The Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards , three players (Gibson, Page, and Reed) and two team cards (1930 and 1931 Homestead Grays), but it is acknowledged that this checklist is incomplete and several other players are known, including the two examples offered here. 1) 1930-1931 Harrison Studio Homestead Grays Postcard of Vic Harris. The photograph pictures Harris in uniform as he poses for the camera. The photographer's credit, "Harrison/Hot Springs, Ark." appears in the lower right corner. Harris is identified on the reverse in pencil. In addition to that unofficial identification, it should be noted that this exact image of Harris is featured on his biography page at the Negro League Museum website. Harris was one of the club's top players during its championship years of the early 1930s and he later took over the reigns of manager in 1935. Harris eventually won eight pennants with the Grays during his twelve-year managerial tenure, including six straight between the years 1937 and 1942. The postcard (3.5 x 5.5 inches) displays a thin, light stain along the upper right border and the letter "V" is written in pencil at the base. The reverse is moderately toned, but has not been addressed. In Very Good condition overall. 2) Real-photo postcard of "Tubby" Scales. The name "G. Scales" is written in pencil along both the bottom and reverse. In addition to those unofficial identifications, it should be noted that this exact same image of Scales is featured on his biography page at MLB.com. While this postcard does not bear a Harrison Studios stamp, it is nearly identical in all other respects, except for the presence of a white margin along three of its borders (bottom, left, and right). Scales is pictured in uniform as he poses for the camera while holding a bat. Scales was a hard-hitting second baseman and one of the top players on the legendary 1930 and 1931 Homestead Grays teams. In 1932 he helped found the New York Black Yankees and also took over as manager of the club. According to one source, Scales compiled a lifetime average of .313 during his 25-year career and twice batted over .400 (.429 in 1923 and .446 in 1927, both with the New York Lincoln Giants). The postcard (3.5 x 5.5 inches) displays moderate staining in the upper and lower right hand corners, as well as surface paper loss in the upper right corner. The reverse is moderately toned, but has not been addressed. Despite condition flaws, still a very desirable card and a significant (possibly unique) rarity. From the Ron Menchine Collection. Total: 2 postcards. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,645
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