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1919 World Series Ticket Game 1 at Cincinnati
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $3,525.00
Rare and highly desirable ticket stub from Game 1 of the infamous 1919 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds, held at Redland Field in Cincinnati. Even before the World Series started, rumors were circulating that certain members of the White Sox were conspiring to “throw” the Series. For many fans and sportswriters those rumors appeared to be true after witnessing twenty-nine game winner Eddie Cicotte get knocked from the box in the fourth inning of an eventual 9-1 loss to the Reds. Following the Series, it took nearly a full year before the eight conspirators were publicly revealed and indicted for their actions. Although acquitted in a court of law, the now legendary “eight men out” could not escape the justice meted out by newly appointed Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who imposed a lifetime banishment for all those accused: Joe Jackson, Buck Weaver, Eddie Cicotte, Lefty Williams, Swede Risberg, Hap Felsch, Chick Gandil, and Fred McMullin. Few if any 1919 World Series ticket stubs have survived in perfect shape, and this is no exception, though this example has a freshness, far less wear, and in general a just outstanding overall appearance rarely seen in a "Black Sox" World Series game ticket. Technically it does have various faults that make it low-grade, but for a ticket of this vintage, overall appearance can often not be fully captured with a just grade, because almost all early tickets, when evaluated like cards, are technically low-grade. The provided images will hopefully best convey the overall appearance, and communicate that this bright, well preserved, attractive but technically low-grade ticket is actually far above average. This is a particularly great looking ticket to the historic first game of the 1919 World Series. The ticket stub (4.25 x 2 inches) has a very minor surface paper loss at the bottom edge, and on the reverse is residue (plus some reverse paper loss) from having long ago been removed from an album; it is otherwise in Very Good to Excellent condition. Encapsulated and labeled “Authentic” by PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,525.00
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