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Lot # 522 (of 1743)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1915 Zeenut PCL Claude "Lefty" Williams ("Black Sox")

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,938

Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. Claude "Lefty" Williams was a promising young left-handed pitcher before being banned from baseball. He was an important contributor for the White Sox, winning twenty-three games in 1919. Gandil and Cicotte, who helped organize the "Black Sox," knew that they had to have more than one pitcher (Cicotte) in on their conspiracy and went after Williams. Williams enthusiastically obliged and went on to lose all three of his decisions in the Series. Due to his shortened career, he only appeared on very few cards. His 1915 Zeenut is his most desirable card and features him in the Pacific Coast League, ironically struggling to earn his way into the Major Leagues he would betray just several years later. This is Williams' rookie card. This key Zeenut rarity has two light creases in the lower left and an area of paper loss on the bottom of the blank reverse related to the removal of the coupon. Appears much nicer than its assigned grade. We grade this card Vg-Ex from the front. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $2,938

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