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1918 Boston Red Sox World Series Program
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $23,500
Extraordinarily rare 1918 World Series program issued for Game 5 between the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs at Fenway Park. This is one of the rarest of all World Series programs. It has always been one of the most elusive keys to the assembly of a complete World Series program run. In fact, it is the only 1918 World Series at Boston program that Robert Edward Auctions has ever had the privilege of offering. There may be a few as ten known examples. Because the United States was involved in World War I at the time, the Red Sox's 1918 World Series program reflects the modest design mandated by wartime austerity measures. In both form and composition it appears exactly like a regular-season program and, as such, was easily damaged, a fact that is no doubt at least in part responsible for its great rarity today. The unassuming cover design features a portrait image of Red Sox team owner Harry Frazee alongside red-lettered printing identifying it as a World Series issue ("World's Series 1918/Fenway Park"). Advertising for "Between The Acts" cigarettes appears below Frazee's image. The back cover displays advertising for "Fatima" cigarettes. Aside from a team photo of the Red Sox and a portrait image of manager Ed Barrow on the interior front cover, the interior pages mirror the cover designs and primarily display advertisements. The center-page interior preprinted lineups include Ruth, Hooper, and Strunk for Boston, and Merkle, Vaughn, and Hollocher for Chicago. A brief ink notation, which includes the date, "Tues. Sept 10, 1918," appears on Boston's score sheet. Partially scored in pencil to record a 3-0 Chicago victory. Although Ruth, who defeated Chicago the day before by a score of 3-2, is listed as batting fourth for the Red Sox, he did not play in Game 5, which is reflected in the fact that his name has been crossed out in pencil. Despite the loss recorded here, Boston still held a 3-2 advantage in the Series and they defeated Chicago the next day to capture their fourth and final World Championship of the decade. The offered program (6.75 x 10 inches) displays the initials "T J L" lightly written in pencil on the cover. A small area of light toning (approximately 1.5 x 2 inches) appears on the cover, just to the left of Frazee's image, as does a tiny edge tear. A couple insignificant creases appear on the back cover. Aside from those extremely minor flaws, the program, which lies perfectly flat, is in remarkable Excellent condition. This is one of the finest examples known of one of the key rarities of all World Series programs. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $23,500
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