1914 Sacramento Wolves PCL Accordion-Style Photographic Postcard Album Featuring "Black Sox" Player Lefty Williams

Sold For: $720

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1601

Item Year: 1914

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Exceedingly rare accordion-style photographic postcard album issued in 1914 by the Sacramento Wolves, a member of the Pacific Coast League. The cover of the postcard album features portrait photos of team owners Harry Wolverton (who enjoyed a successful nine-year major league career prior to his affiliation with the Wolves) and Lloyd Jacobs on either side of a crossed-bats-and-ball motif. Housed within the album, in a folded "accordion" format, are eleven black-and-white photo panels (3.5 x 3 inches), with each panel picturing two different team members in uniform. While a number of players pictured here later played in the major leagues, the most prominent is Claude "Lefty" Williams, who would later be banned from baseball for life in 1921, along with seven of his Chicago White Sox teammates, for conspiring to "throw" the 1919 World Series. Included among the other team members pictured are Harry Wolverton (he not only owned the club, but managed it as well), Ed Hallinan, Frank Arellanes, Ralph Stroud, Ray Kremer, Deacon Van Buren, Tom Tennant, Roy Moran, Billy Orr, Ralph Young, Harry Hannah, Howard Gregory, and Byrd Lynn. The reverse of each photo panel provides short biographies of the players pictured. The back cover of the album, which provides space for a written address and stamp, makes note that it is a complimentary souvenir issued by the McCurry Foto Company of Sacramento, California. Further credits along the base cite Sutter Photo Engraving Company as the publisher, and McCurry as the photographer. The album has not been postally used, and there is no address or any other written notation on the piece. The album covers (4.5 x 3.25 inches) display a notebook hole in the upper left corner, as well as a few minor tears and moderate creases. It should be noted that none of the cover flaws affect the interior photo panels, which remain in Excellent to Mint condition. In Very Good condition overall. This is the only example of this rare piece we have ever seen and, given its limited distribution and fragile nature, we cannot imagine that more than just a few others, if any, have survived. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+.

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