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1919 Cincinnati Reds World Series Program
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,231.25
Extremely substantial 50-page program issued at Cincinnati to commemorate what would come to be known as the most notorious scandal in baseball history - the "Black Sox" scandal of 1919. The 1919 World Series program at Cincinnati is a classic, both as a rare early World Series program (all early Series programs are rare and desirable) and as a significant keepsake sold at the ballpark to innocent fans, who believed in the integrity of the game to keep score at the infamous World Series. The program features dozens of illustrations including a center double-page team photo of the infamous “Black Sox.” It is especially ironic that a program which by design so ambitiously celebrates the history of the game (because 1919 was by chance the year of the Golden Jubilee of the 1869 Red Stockings) also represents baseball's darkest hour. This program is a time capsule and a significant relic of the greatest scandal in the history of sports. The 1919 World Series program understandably enjoys a tremendous popularity with collectors, appealing to generalists and 1919 World Series collectors, as well as World Series program specialists. Scored in pencil. Extremely clean and flat. The cover exhibits some minor wear and scratches; overall a very solid mid-grade example of this extremely important program. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $3,231.25
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