Rare 1918 Chicago Cubs (vs. Boston Red Sox) World Series Program

Sold For: $20,400

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1876

Item Year: 1918

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Exceedingly rare program issued for the 1918 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox at Chicago. This is only the third example of this particular Chicago program we have ever seen, making it one of the most elusive of all World Series programs issued during the decade. It should be noted that this was one of two different programs issued for the Series in Chicago. The other, which is equally rare (we have seen only two), is simply a regular-season Cubs program with a World Series score sheet added inside. The offered program is titled "Official World's Series Score Card 1918" on the cover, below which are the names of each respective club, as well as an illustration of two bear cubs. The forty-two page program, printed by the F. J. Riley Printing Company of Chicago, features score sheets for both the Cubs and Red Sox (not scored), and is otherwise comprised almost exclusively of advertisements (both National companies and local Chicago businesses are represented, including A. G. Spalding & Bros., Edelweiss Beer, and Helmar Turkish Cigarettes). The preprinted lineup sheets include Babe Ruth, Hooper, Strunk, and McInnis for Boston, and Merkle, Flack, Hollocher, Mann, and Paskert for Chicago. The program (6 x 9 inches) displays a semicircular stain on the front cover, toning, a slight split along the spine, and detachment of the interior scoring sheets from the binding staples. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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