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Lot # 1432 (of 1743)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1919 World Series Spalding Baseball Cardboard Advertising Display

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,525

Outstanding example of one of the all-time classics of baseball advertising signs. In addition to its extreme rarity, exceptional high quality, and tremendous display value, this 1920 Spalding sign also has a fascinating Black Sox-related story: This full-color cardboard advertising display poster features a larger-than-life hand holding a Spalding Official National League ball in a pitcher's grip, with the caption "The Ball that Won The World's Series" in large type below. The 1920 copyright date in the lower left corner indicates that the World Series referred to in the caption is the scandal-ridden series of 1919, giving this very rare and striking poster a subtle and unintended irony. The colors and design make this one of the most striking of all baseball-related advertising signs. We have seen only a few other examples of this rare advertising poster over the years, including one which was a part of the Barry Halper Collection. That example appeared as lot #60 in the famous Halper Auction and sold for $7,475. Another example, in lesser condition, also appeared as Lot 493 in Robert Edward Auctions May 2004 sale, where it realized a final sales price of $4,312. The offered example (14 x 22 inches) displays light-to-moderate surface wear commensurate with its age and former use, as well as a few extremely tiny areas of color retouch to some minute abrasions. This is an outstanding early Spalding display piece with an Excellent appearance overall. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000++. SOLD FOR $3,525

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