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1917 Charles Comiskey Invitation to the Dedication of the Woodland Bards' Trophy Room
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $235.00
This rare invitation to the January 19, 1917, dedication of the Woodland Bards’ Trophy Room, located inside Comiskey Park, features a large sepia photo of Charles Comiskey on the cover. The Woodland Bards was an informal gentleman’s club organized by Comiskey in the early 1900s. The club had its origins in Comiskey’s annual camping trip with close-knit friends to the Jerome Hunting and Fishing Club on Trude Lake, near Springstead and Mercer, Wisconsin. In 1907 Comiskey gained control of the club and it was at that time that his entourage officially took the name Woodland Bards. The club featured a large and diverse membership that included fellow owners, politicians, entertainers, and former ballplayers. The main membership requirement seemed to be at least one extended stay at the camp. Eventually the camp expanded to include a zoo that boasted large herds of deer, buffalo, elk, and moose. Two of the captive animals, Monte the Antelope and Minnie the Doe, later became celebrities in their own right due to their comical interactions with camp visitors. The offered five-page invitation, printed on heavy manila stock, features numerous photos of both the campsite and animals native to the area (including Monte the Antelope and Minnie the Doe), as well as various trophies. A full page lists the names of over 250 club members, including John McGraw, Frank Chance, Johnny Evers, Ed Walsh, Harry Frazee, Jacob Ruppert, and George M. Cohan. The invitation (7 x 11 inches) is bound with string along the left border. In Mint condition. Accompanied by its original mailing envelope (Ex, not addressed) that pictures Monte the Antelope in the upper left corner below the club’s name. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$400+. SOLD FOR $235.00
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