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1939 Cavalcade of Baseball Full Ticket
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,659
Exceedingly rare full ticket issued for the Cavalcade of Baseball, held at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, New York, on June 12, 1939. This is the only full ticket we have ever seen from that historic day, and even stubs (which are occasionally seen as many were saved by those attending as special keepsakes of the event) are scarce. The 1939 Baseball Centennial, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the "birth" of baseball, was a yearlong celebration highlighted by the dedication of the Baseball Hall of Fame on June 12th. The culmination of the day's festivities was an exhibition game played at Doubleday Field between an American and a National League team made up of players from all sixteen major league clubs. This ticket granted the bearer admission to that game. Cooperstown was inundated with fans on June 12, 1939, and all of the events and ceremonies were marked by overflow crowds, making the discovery of a full ticket from this game all the more amazing. The colorful graphics include a silhouette of ballplayers at play, an illustration of the Hall of Fame, and a prominent image of Abner Doubleday, who is touted as the inventor of baseball. Also noted is the fact that the game will take place "rain or shine." The ticket (7.75 x 2.75 inches) displays a vertical crease near the left border, a tiny abrasion on the right border, a small light area of discoloration in the center, and a few tiny corner creases in the lower left and right. A small red ink notation appears on the reverse. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,659
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