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Lot # 1082 (of 1641)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1946 and 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers Phantom World Series Programs (2)

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $711

Two phantom World Series programs, produced in anticipation of the Dodgers' winning the National League pennant in 1946 and 1951. In 1946 and 1951 the Brooklyn Dodgers neared October with legitimate hopes of continuing to World Series play. We now know, of course, that in the eleventh hour in both of those seasons the Dodgers conceded the pennant to the Cardinals and the Giants, respectively. For both of those pennant races the necessary lead-time to produce Dodger World Series programs required the actual production of the World Series programs prior to the end of the season. The production run of each was destroyed when the Dodgers did not actually win the pennant, but a few examples escaped and were saved as souvenirs by those related to the team and the printers. These two examples are among the most sought-after of all phantom programs. Very few of these programs, each from a "World Series that never was," have survived. Each is an acute reminder of lost opportunity and the heartache felt by loyal Brooklyn fans in the 1940s and 1950s. The 1946 program has detached from the covers, with the spine of the covers reinforced with tape. The covers are also affected by small tears along each of its borders. Pages 27-34 have a small tear along the base. In Very Good condition overall. The 1951 program displays minor handling wear, including a few minor border creases on each cover. In Excellent condition overall. Total 2 programs. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $711

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