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1935 Negro National League Broadside
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,300.00
Extraordinary Negro National League broadside features composite photographs of six of the eight teams comprising the Negro National League: the Homestead Grays, Pittsburgh Crawfords, Chicago American Giants, Brooklyn Eagles, New York Cubans, and the Nashville Elite Giants. The broadside-maker apparently was not provided with composite team photographs of the Philadelphia Stars and the Newark Dodgers, who are represented by name only in the display. These eight teams represent the entire Negro National League for the season of 1935. The broadside is designed with a large blank space in the center, provided to allow room for the addition of the name of the team advertised to play against the Nashville Elite Giants, and to provide space for additional details regarding the scheduled game, such as time and place. This is a simply astounding Negro League poster, featuring photographs of literally 75% of the players in the entire league. It is very rare for Negro League posters, especially from this era, to picture a team or even a single player. In later years, Satchel Paige was featured on several broadside designs. Occasionally a very obscure black team is pictured on an early broadside. But it is almost never the case that major teams of the Negro National League are pictured on any broadside, let alone many teams, all on a single broadside. There is simply no other poster or Negro League display piece from the era, of any kind, featuring team composites of Negro National League teams. This broadside is in its own league as far as Negro League display items. Included are countless stars, such as Willie Wells, Turkey Stearnes, Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson, Smokey Joe Williams, etc., as well as countless long forgotten journeymen of the 1930s Negro Leagues. The broadside is in overall Good condition, with paper loss in the four corners, and some creasing and foxing. Despite imperfections, the broadside displays beautifully, and captures the spirit of the Depression era Negro National League perhaps better than any other 1930s Negro League display piece. Measures 21.5 x 27.25 inches. Beautifully matted and framed to dimensions of 29 x 35 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $2,300.00
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