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1916 Zeenut PCL Swede Risberg ("Black Sox")

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $830

Swede Risberg helped destroy a team that might have rivaled the great Yankees of the 1920s. Barred for life for throwing the 1919 Series, he also fixed games in his rookie year and in 1920. Risberg's arrival allowed Buck Weaver to move back to third base, his natural position. Risberg despised his double-play partner, Eddie Collins, for his talent, character, education, air of superiority, and above all, salary. He preferred the tough Chick Gandil, who enlisted the young shortstop as his first lieutenant in the fix. Swede played in all eight games of the 1919 World Series. In twenty-five at bats, he had only two hits for a .080 batting average. In the field, Swede committed a total of four errors. During the ensuing trial, Joe Jackson requested protection after Risberg threatened to kill him if he dared talk. The offered 1916 Zeenut of Risberg is one of only five baseball cards ever produced of him. The card has several creases, a couple spots of paper loss on the front, and heavy back damage. Still a very presentable example of this extremely significant key Zeenut and "Black Sox" rarity. Encapsulated and labeled "Authentic" by SGC. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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