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Fully Restored 1909 Shibe Park Stadium Seat
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,160.00
Fully restored original 1909 stadium seat from Philadelphia's legendary Shibe Park. The metal framework features the distinctive "ribbon style" lattice work that adorned the original Shibe Park seats and helps to differentiate it from the seats that were added during the stadium's expansion in the late 1920s. Shibe Park opened in 1909 and was the first concrete-and-steel stadium in the Major Leagues. A state-of-the-art facility at the time of its construction, the park was home to both the Philadelphia Athletics (1909-54) and Philadelphia Phillies (1938-70). It was also the home site of the National Football League Frankford Yellow Jackets (1920s) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1940-42, 1944-57). In 1953 the stadium's name was changed to Connie Mack Stadium in honor of the Athletics longtime Hall of Fame manager. During its sixty-one years of service, the stadium played host to twenty World Series games, and three Negro League World Series games, as well as the 1943 and 1952 All-Star Games. Shibe Park was eventually demolished in 1976, at which time several hundred of the stadium seats were transplanted to Duncan Park in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and to the War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina. Fully restored seats are highly prized by collectors for their functionality, historical importance, and aesthetic appeal. The seat has been completely refurbished, including replacement of the original wood slats. The seat, which bears the stenciled number "8" on the back rest, is accompanied by a custom-made wood stand that bears a Shibe Park commemorative plaque. This is an ideal example, perfect for use or display. Dimensions: 19.5 x 19 x 34 inches. Due to the weight and size of this piece, the shipping charges (depending on exactly where it is sent and method of shipping) may be substantial. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,160.00
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