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1915 and 1916 Boston Red Sox World Series Programs (2)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $4,113
Collection of two scarce Boston Red Sox World Series programs dating, respectively, from 1915 (vs. Philadelphia) and 1916 (vs. Brooklyn). Both programs are nearly identical in design and feature on the cover portrait photos of the owners and managers for each participating club. The interior pages of each program include individual team photos of the participating clubs, while the back covers feature an additional team photo of the Red Sox in conjunction with two separate clothing advertisements. Despite their similarities, the 1916 World Series program is actually considerably rarer than the 1915 World Series program, though all pre-1920 World Series programs, of course, are extremely rare. Babe Ruth, who was making his World Series debut in 1915 with Boston, is featured in the team photos of both programs. Ruth appeared as a pinch hitter in the 1915 World Series, but in 1916 he started and won Game 2, besting Brooklyn 2-1 in fourteen innings. The twelve-page 1915 program, which has not been scored, displays a very light vertical center fold and minor foxing along the borders of both the front and back covers. The center page is detached from the lower staple only. While technically in Very Good condition, the program displays as Excellent. The eight-page 1916 program, which is neatly scored in pencil for Game 5 (the final game of the Series, won by Boston 4-1), is technically Fr-Gd due to various flaws. The covers are complete and present but detached, and the program has a vertical center fold, minor tears and toning on each cover, and a few light pencil notations along the interior. Despite the various mostly minor flaws, the program displays beautifully and looks far better than suggested by its technically modest grade. Total two programs. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $4,113
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