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1914 Chicago Examiner "Base Ball News" Broadside with Sox, Cubs, and Chicago Feds!
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $948.00
Extremely rare cardboard broadside, issued by the Chicago Examiner circa 1914, featuring a representative player photo for each of the city's three Major League baseball teams: the National League Chicago Cubs, the American League Chicago White Sox, and the Federal League Chicago Chi-Feds. The broadside appeals directly to the city's sports fans and makes note of the paper's appeal as "The Most Entertaining For Base Ball News." It also lists the names of the lead reporter for each of the three leagues: National by Charles Dryden; American by Larry Woltz; and Federal by James Clarkson. Because none of the three pictured players is identified by name, we will leave the task of identifying them to those more skilled in the art of facial recognition than we are; however, our consignor is a very knowledgeable and true scholar of early baseball, and it is his strong opinion that the White Sox player is Ed Walsh and the Federal Leaguer is Al Wickland, but he was unable to identify the Cubs player. The visual appeal of this piece is tremendous. Both its size (21 x 11 inches) and composition suggest that this broadside was produced for use on trolley cars or newsstand displays. This may be the only surviving example; we have never seen another. The one thing we do know is that it dates to either 1914 or 1915 (almost certainly 1914) as those were the only two seasons in which the Federal League operated as a "third" major league (the league actually began play in 1913 on the minor-league circuit). While it is possible that this broadside dates to 1913, it seems very unlikely that the paper would devote coverage to a minor-league club in a manner that was equal to that of the Cubs and White Sox. One interesting aspect of this piece is in the uniform styles worn by the respective players. The Federal League player is shown wearing a uniform used by the 1913 Chicago Federal League team, while the Cubs player is seen in a uniform style last worn in 1912. This is both an exceptionally attractive and rare dead-ball era advertising display, with the added appeal of also relating to the short-lived Federal League. The broadside displays minor wear commensurate with its age and former use, including mild toning along the top border, a few minor edge tears and chips, and a few light creases. Outstanding for display, as intended! In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $948.00
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