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1952 to 1956 Birmingham Barons Negro League Broadside Collection (10)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,304
Collection of ten Birmingham Baron broadsides dating from the mid-1950s. All of these signs originate from the offices of Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tennessee, where they were saved as file copies. As such, each poster (14 x 22 inches), which is printed on cardboard stock, has been folded once, both horizontally and vertically, so that they could be stored more efficiently. Each of the signs is dated on the reverse, either by stamp or hand, with eight originating in 1954, one in 1952, and the last one in 1956. One of the posters also displays an applied 1954 date label on the front. The broadsides consist mainly of text, with just two featuring a baseball image (one pictures an unidentified player in a batting pose; the other pictures an illustrated scene). Four of the posters picture photos of "The Flying Nesbitts," an African American acrobatic/gymnastic troupe that performed at the game as an added attraction. The Black Barons were members of the Negro American League at the time. The opponents featured on these posters, with number for each in parentheses (if more than one), are the Memphis Red Sox (5), the Detroit Stars (3), the Louisville Clippers, and the "Southern League All Stars White (Nashville Vols)." In addition to the two main folds (three of the signs have tape applied along the fold lines on the reverse for reinforcement), the posters all display both light foxing and light creasing. A few also exhibit one or two tiny edge tears. Jackie Robinson's breaking of the the color barrier in 1947 was an event celebrated by millions as an extraordinary moment for civil rights in America. It was also the beginning of much greater financial hardship for the once extremely successful and glorious Negro Leagues. This is an outstanding collection of historically significant broadsides dating from the final years of the legendary Negro Leagues. In Very Good condition overall. Total: 10 posters. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,304
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