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1921 John "Shano" Collins White Sox Contract Signed By Comiskey

Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $1,410.00

Offered here is a one-page “Uniform Player’s Contract” between the “American League Base Ball Club of Chicago” and John F. Collins for the 1921 season. The contract calls for Collins to receive a one-year salary of $5,000 "for the season starting about April 13 and ending October 13, 1921" and has been beautifully signed in black fountain pen by White Sox owner “Chas. A. Comiskey” ("10") and “John F. Collins” ("9"). Outfielder John “Shano” Collins was a member of the 1919 White Sox and appeared in four of the eight World Series games that year. Although this contract is undated, it was probably signed after October 22, 1920, the date on which the infamous “eight men out” were officially indicted for conspiring to “throw” the 1919 World Series, and at a time during which Comiskey was anxious to sign what players he still could from his team in the wake of the "Black Sox" scandal. The following March, Commissioner Landis suspended all eight conspirators and on August 4, 1921, Landis made the suspensions permanent, banning all eight men for life. Interestingly, Collins never played for the White Sox in 1921. Prior to the start of the season he was traded to the Boston Red Sox. He played five years in Boston before retiring in 1925. This is a very rare and interesting Comiskey-signed player contract with a direct connection to the "Black Sox" scandal. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays a few minor tears along the ends of the fold lines. A reproduction of Comiskey’s 1887 Allen & Ginter World’s Champions tobacco card (N28) has been affixed to the contract below the signatures. Very Good to Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,410.00


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