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Circa 1917 Charles Comiskey White Sox Pennant
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $1,392.00
One of the rarest and most desirable of all baseball pennants, this extraordinary black felt pennant features a perfect likeness of White Sox owner Charles Comiskey and dates from the era of the Chicago White Sox 1917 World's Championship. This pennant is of exceptional quality and design, with the large illustrated portrait image of a smiling Charles Comiskey set within a baseball and crossed bats design. To the right of his image, lettered in white, is the team name "Sox." This is only the second example of this great rarity we have ever seen. This is a tremendous "dead ball" era relic, relatively large in format for a pennant even for this era, and ideal for display. This is one of the best of all baseball pennants on many counts. Pennants from the teens featuring portrait likenesses are few and far between. There are literally only a handful of different portrait designs known. The fact that this example has such an impressive design and appearance, pictures Comiskey, and dates from just prior to the Black Sox scandal makes it a particularly extraordinary and significant display piece. It is also one of the rarest and best White Sox display pieces of the era. The pennant is in remarkably fine condition, with only the lightest hint of normal crazing to the lettering and with no cracking whatsoever to the portrait design application. This is no doubt due to its careful storage over the years as well as the extremely high quality of its production. A tiny tear in the upper left corner and the lower left tassel, and a couple tiny bites along the top edge (probably the result of being pinned up years ago) are the only hints that this pennant once saw use in celebrating Charles Comiskey and the beloved White Sox. This pennant may well have been taken off the wall and put away for good in 1920 when the scandal broke. This is a tremendous display piece which would be a highlight in many different types of collections. Excellent condition. Height: 14 inches. Length: 34.5 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $1,392.00
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