1911 World Series Ticket and Giants Composite Postcard

Sold For: $1,410

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1244

Item Year: 1911

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Extremely rare full ticket to Game 3 of the 1911 World Series between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Athletics held at the Polo Grounds in New York on October 17th. The "Game 2" denoted on the ticket refers to the second World Series game at the Polo Grounds, which was Game 3 of the Series. Game 3 witnessed a classic pitching duel between Christy Mathewson of the Giants and Jack Coombs of the Athletics. Mathewson was undefeated in World Series play going into the game, and had already defeated the A's in Game 1 of the Series. Unfortunately for Giants fans, Mathewson's World Series mastery ended on this day. Nursing a 1-0 lead entering the ninth, Mathewson surrendered a game tying home run to Frank Baker (his second in as many games, a feat which earned him the nickname "Home Run" Baker) before eventually losing the game 3-2 in eleven innings. The A's went on to win the Series in six games, including another victory over Mathewson in Game 4 (the Series was interrupted by rain for seven days following Game 3). The front of the ticket (4.5 x 1.5 inches) is very bright and clean, in approximately Excellent condition; the reverse has remnants of scrapbook removal (including a couple areas of paper loss and a hint of glue residue). Accompanying the ticket, and perfect for display with it, is a 1912 composite postcard of the New York Giants. The bottom portion of the composite features a photo of the 1912 New York Giants in a classic team pose; the top portion features individual action poses of Christy Mathewson, Art Wilson, and Red Murray, and a portrait image of manager John McGraw. All of the players are identified in print on the card. Despite the lack of a printed year, the card can be definitively dated to 1912 based upon the players listed on the roster. Collectors have always referred to this piece as a postcard for want of a better term; however, it is blank backed and may have been issued for some other purpose. In Very Good to Excellent condition. Total: 2 items (ticket and card). Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,410

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