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1919 "Black Sox" Team Postcard and 1915 Souvenir Yearbook (2)
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $2,204.00
Two exceptionally rare "Black Sox" related items: 1) 1919 Chicago White Sox Team Postcard. The postcard front features portrait images of nineteen team members including all eight conspirators: Joe Jackson, Swede Risberg, Hap Felsch, Buck Weaver, Chick Gandil, Eddie Cicotte, Lefty Williams and Fred McMullin. The remaining players pictured include manager Kid Gleason, Ray Schalk, Dick Kerr, Eddie Collins, Urban Faber, plus six others. This is a particularly interesting and significant card as 1919 was not a big year for baseball cards, and to the best of our knowledge this represents the only team card issued of the infamous "Black Sox." This is one of a two-card set, with the "match" featuring the 1919 Cincinnati Reds. Both are extremely rare. This is the first example we have ever offered. The postcard (3.5 x 5.5) has never been mailed, displays corner wear, a scratched notation (written in sharp pencil which has been erased) along the top border which reads "Died Oct 9, 1919" (the date of the final game of the 1919 World Series), and a few pencil notations on the reverse. Without reference to the pencil notations the postcard is in overall Very Good condition. 2) 1915 Chicago White Sox Souvenir Yearbook. This 28-page souvenir publication (9 x 12 inches), published by the Sporting Records Publishing Company, chronicles the history of the White Sox from 1901 to 1915. A portrait of team owner Charles Comiskey ("as he looked in 1885" during his playing days) is featured on the cover. This publication is very similar to a yearbook, and in addition to historic information relating to the club, presents large full-page photos of each member of the 1915 ball club, including four of the future conspirators (Joe Jackson, Ed Cicotte, Hap Felsch and Buck Weaver), as well as Eddie Collins, Ray Schalk, Urban Faber, Ed Walsh and manager Clarence Rowland. While the interior pages remain fairly bright and clean, the cover displays some minor soiling and a few small edge tears. The front cover also bears the ink notation "Choir." We have never seen another example of this extremely rare publication. Ideal for display. In Very Good condition. Total 2 items. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $2,204.00
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