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Rare 1942 All-Star Game Program with Equally Rare Insert - From the Keith Sutton Collection - Founding Member of SABR
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $711
Program from the 1942 All-Star Game held at the Polo Grounds on July 6th, accompanied by its seldom-seen insert titled "This is the Tenth All Star Game" (the insert was included to inform fans that all proceeds from the game were to be donated to the Bat and Ball Fund, which provided baseball equipment to men in the armed forces). This is generally considered one of the rarest of all All-Star Game programs and one of the keys to assembling a complete run. This particular program also has the special provenance of originating from the personal collection of Keith Sutton, who was one of the founding members of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research). (Sutton's collection of World Series program and regular-season scorecards are offered as separate lots elsewhere in this auction.) Sutton, whose biography can be viewed on the SABR website (http://sabr.org/content/sabr-salute-keith-sutton), was a Giants fan, so it's no surprise that he attended the game to cheer on the National League. It's also no surprise that he saved his program, which he has dutifully scored in pencil to record the American League's 3-1 win. His handwritten notations also appears on the front cover, where he records all of the game's specifics: "Mon. Eve July 6 1942/American League All Stars 3/National League All Stars 1/Polo Grounds/N. Y. City." One of Sutton's habits was to store period newspaper clippings inside his many scorecards and programs. Oftentimes the clippings numbered in the hundreds and, after having been stored in that manner for decades, eventually resulted in those programs/scorecards having an unnatural "bow" to their shape (they do not lie flat when closed). This program was no exception and is so to affected in such a manner. Outside of that "bow" (which could probably be remedied by simply pressing the program flat for an extended period), both the program and insert remain in Excellent to Mint condition. This is an outstanding example of this great rarity, and one of the few we have ever seen that is complete with the original insert. That fact, coupled with its remarkable provenance, makes it one of the most desirable examples extant. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $711
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