Rare 1919 World Series Souvenir Record Book

Sold For: $720

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1870

Item Year: 1919

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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This very rare publication (7 x 5.25 inches), titled Souvenir Record Book - World's Championship Series - 1919, features photos and career statistics of the 1919 World Series participants. This elaborate souvenir booklet was available for sale only in Chicago during the World Series. It provides a great deal of information about the players, as well as full-page photographs of some Chicago players (including manager Gleason, Collins, Cicotte, and Weaver) and several group shots of Reds players. Most of the pages are devoted to detailed statistical and biographical information about the players. The cover features a vintage black-ink inscription that reads C. Pauley #44/Phila. Inquirer Famous Fifty to Cinc and Chic Oct. 1919." The first page displays a similar vintage, black-ink inscription: "Property of Charles Pauly Jr. #44/World's Series Contest 1919/With the Phila. Inquirer Tourists." Armed with this 36-page souvenir booklet, a fan could enjoy the game with greater insight, but at twenty-five cents, apparently few were sold. We have seen only three or four examples of this 1919 World Series souvenir book over the past thirty-five years, which makes it many times rarer than a 1919 World Series program. All material related to the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal is highly prized by collectors. This is a very substantial 1919 World Series item that ironically (probably due to its great rarity) has been somewhat overlooked by collectors but is truly one of the great prizes related to the legendary 1919 World Series. The book is in Fair condition overall, with a horizontal fold, numerous edge tears, creases, water staining along the top border that permeates the pages, and a number of recent staples to repair the separation along the spine. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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