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1924 Val Picinich World Tour Complete Uniform - Jersey, Pants, Hat, and Socks

Starting Bid - $10,000, Sold For - $35,250

This exceedingly rare, specially designed uniform was worn by catcher Val Picinich as a member of the Chicago White Sox All-Star Baseball Club during the famous 1924 World Tour. Graded A9.5 by MEARS. To the best of our knowledge, this is one of only three 1924 Chicago World Tour uniforms in existence, and the only example to include all four key components of the uniform: the jersey, pants, hat, and socks. The other two known examples are those worn by Hall of Fame outfielder Sam Rice (which resides in the permanent collection of the Baseball Hall of Fame) and catcher Muddy Ruel (currently in private hands). Ideally, the uniform is also accompanied by a number of significant ancillary items from the tour: a 1924 World Tour program, Picinich's personal, leather-bound scrapbook chronicling the games in England, three original press photos picturing the team members in uniform, and Picinich's 1924 passport used during the tour. The cream-colored flannel jersey is lettered ‘Chicago’ across the front in two-tone red on navy felt. Identical ‘Flag’ patches adorn each sleeve. Both the sleeve ends and collar display a red and blue piping. The front of the collar also features four small felt ‘Stars’ (two red and two blue). A ‘Spalding’ label appears in the collar as does a white strip tag lettered ‘Chicago � Picinich � 40’ (team, player, jersey size). The name ‘Picinich’ is stitched in navy on the rear right tail. The matching flannel pants display red and blue piping down the side of each leg. A ‘Spalding’ label is located in the waistband, adjacent to which is a flag tag lettered ‘Chicago � Picinich � 36’ (team, player, pants size). The name ‘Picinich’ is stitched in navy along the interior of the button fly. The white felt hat displays a navy brim and two intersecting lines of red piping. A ‘Spalding’ label is situated on the interior leather headband. The matching pair of cream-colored stirrup socks each feature a red and blue strip along the base. All of the items are original and unaltered, and display wear commensurate with their age and former use. The jersey displays slight deterioration to the U.S. flag logos and team name on front and is otherwise in remarkably fine condition. The pants are slightly soiled along the area of each knee. The hat and socks display only very light wear. This uniform ensemble has resided, untouched, in a steamer trunk these past eighty-five years, and except for the normal wear one would expect from game-used garments it displays nearly exactly as it did when first issued to Picinich in 1924. Uniforms of this age are rarely found in such pristine condition and that fact, combined with its historical significance and special provenance, make this one of the finest prewar jerseys we have ever offered. Graded A9.5 by MEARS (base grade of 10, with just a half point deducted for the slight deterioration to the US flag logos and team name on front).

The uniform is accompanied by a number of highly significant items that would be perfect for display together with it. 1) 1924 official World Tour program. The fourteen-page program (10.25 x 7.75 inches), titled ‘Second Foreign Tour � New York Giants � Chicago White Sox � 1924,’ features individual portrait photos of Charles Comiskey, John McGraw, Johnny Evers, and Hughie Jennings on the cover. The same photos are featured on the interior along with a short biography of the respective individual. The interior pages also include score sheets (not scored) for the Giants and White Sox, and photos of both the Polo Grounds and Comiskey Park. In extraordinary Ex-Mt condition. 2) Val Picinich's personal scrapbook from the tour. The black, leather-bound scrapbook is gilt stamped ‘Val J. Picinich � 1924’ on the cover. The sixty-page book (10 x 12 inches) features numerous clipped newspaper articles and photos chronicling the England leg of the tour (articles date from October 24, 1924, through November 13, 1924). This book was professionally prepared for Picinich by Sloman's Press Cutting Service of London, and includes the company's original invoice. Ex. 3) Collection of three original World Tour press photos taken in London. Two of the photos (each 10 x 8 inches) picture members of the Chicago club standing in line as they meet with King George V and other members of the Royal Family. Each bears a ‘Topical Press Agency � London’ credit stamp on the reverse. The third photo (8.75 x 6.5 inches) captures fifteen members of the Chicago team as they stand along the third base foul line prior to a game. A ‘Universal Photographic Press � London’ credit stamp appears on the reverse. One of the 8 x 10 photos displays a tiny corner chip, otherwise all are in Very Good condition overall. 4) Val Picinich's 1924 passport. The official U.S. Passport, used by Picinich on the tour, features his photo on the front and has been signed by him in black fountain pen three times, once on the interior cover, once along the base of the passport, and then again on his photo. 4.75 x 6.5 inches (folded) Ex-Mt.

The 1924 World Tour was the third such tour made by the New York Giants and Chicago White Sox, with the first two having taken place in 1913/1914 and 1917, respectively. As stated in the official program, ‘The object and aim of the tour of Europe by America's two great baseball teams from its two largest cities, namely New York and Chicago, has a twofold object. One is to exhibit America's National Game in foreign lands � by the game's greatest exponents, namely the New York Giants, champions of the National League, and the Chicago White Sox, members of the American League. But the higher and greater object of this trip to Europe is to try and transplant America's game in athletic and sport-loving countries � who desire to adopt some game that has both the athletic and mental attributes conducive to the physical development of the youth of their country.’ Like the previous two trips made by the clubs, the nucleus of each roster consisted of members of the Giants and White Sox, but each lineup was augmented by players from other Major League clubs. Val Picinich was a member of the Boston Red Sox in 1924 and, along with Washington's Muddy Ruel, was one of the two catchers on the White Sox roster. The tour took the clubs to seven countries, including England, France, Italy, and Germany, and was highly celebrated at the time. It must be noted that world baseball tours were very infrequent, and the 1924 tour marked the last one made by the Giants and White Sox. The next major world tour did not occur until 1931, when an all-star contingent, led by Lou Gehrig, traveled to Japan. For that reason any and all material relating to world baseball tours is extremely rare, especially game-used jerseys. This is an exceptional and historically important collection of material relating to one of the most well-known world tours of the era that is further distinguished by its impeccable provenance. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $35,250


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