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Circa 1940s Negro League Memorabilia Collection (12)

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,422

This Negro League memorabilia collection, spanning the years 1936 to 1949, is comprised of twelve items, including programs, ticket stubs, a photo, and a letter. 1) 1936 ticket for a game between the Homestead Grays and Philadelphia Stars at Swayne Field on August 19, 1936. Ex. 3.5 x 2.25 inches. 2) 1939 fold-over scorecard for a game between the St. Louis Stars and the Havana Cuban Giants. A photo of an unidentified player appears on the front cover. The preprinted lineups include Warren, Ford, Lyles, Wilson, Mayweather, Bruton, Bennett, Armour, Taylor, and McAllister for St. Louis and Rojas, Ramires, Lopez, Hernandez, Barbee, Lanuza, Cartinez, and Valdez for Havana. Not scored. Although undated, 1939 was the only season in which Buddy Armour played with the St. Louis Stars. 5.5 x 9.5 inches. Toned, with a small tear along the spine. Vg-Ex. 3) Circa 1940 Negro National League ticket stub for game number "3" at the Polo Grounds. No year or team is listed on the ticket, but it does bear the name of Negro National League president Thomas Wilson, who held that position between the years 1936 and 1946. Gd-Vg, with two cancellation holes, light staining and minor creasing. 3 x 1.5 inches. 4) 1941 transportation pass, issued on Sunday, June 29, 1941, by the St. Louis Public Service Co. The appeal of this pass is that it features an illustration of Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige on the front in promotion of a game between Paige's Kansas City Monarchs and the Chicago-American Giants on July 4th at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. The card is blank-backed and remains in Near Mint condition. 2.5 x 4 inches. 5) Full bleacher ticket for a charity game between Satchel Paige's Kansas City Monarchs and the Chicago American Giants at Comiskey Park on Sunday, August 31, 1941. The central text on the ticket makes note of both the charitable event and the game's main draw: "Satchel Paige Pitches For Provident Hospital." Gd, with a small corner chip in the upper left, minor areas of surface-paper loss on the front and reverse, a staple hole, and perforations. 5.5 x 2.25 inches. 6) Circa 1941 Newark Eagles ticket stub. No date or team listed. The Newark Eagles played in Ruppert Stadium from 1936 to 1948. Ex, with a cancellation hole. 2.25 x 1.5 inches. 7) 1945 Negro Baseball pictorial yearbook. The 36-page magazine recaps the 1944 Negro League season and features photos of numerous star players, including Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, Martin Dihigo, Willie Wells, Jud Wilson, and Hilton Smith. Gd-Vg. 8.5 x 11 inches. 8) 1946 Negro League East-West All-Star Game program. This four-page program was issued for the first of two East-West All-Star Games that season, held at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., on August 15th. The preprinted lineups include Doby, Leonard, Gibson, Irvin, and Day for the East, and Wilson, Jethroe, and Bankhead for the West. Partially scored in pencil. Vg, with a heavy vertical fold. 9 x 12 inches. 9) 1947 Chicago American Giants (vs. Memphis Red Sox) program. The preprinted lineups include Buddy Armour, Lyman Bostock, Jesse Warren, and Samuel Hill for Chicago, and Willie Wells, Dan Bankhead, Marlin Carter, and Pepro Fermental for Memphis. Not scored. Vg, with a heavy vertical fold. 10) 1948 pictorial yearbook of the 1948-1949 Marianao club of the Cuban League. The small, 28-page book features color photos and brief biographies of the club members, including Buck Leonard and Minnie Minoso. Written entirely in Spanish, this book was a promotional giveaway issued by Trinidad y Hno cigarettes. Ex. 3 x 4.25 inches. 11) Vintage photo, taken in 1949, picturing Willie Wells of the Memphis Red Sox standing on the field alongside three of his teammates and two other gentleman in street clothes. A handwritten notation on the reverse of the photo identifies one of Wells' teammates as Joe Scott, but we cannot confirm the identification. The photographer's credit and year appear at the base: "Hooks Bros./'49'." Vg, with a number of moderate creases. 10 x 8 inches. 12) One-page typed letter, dated August 10, 1949, signed by Syd Pollock, business manager of the Indianapolis Clowns. The company letterhead includes a team photo of the Clowns posing in front of their team bus. The letter, written to a Mr. Joe Lewis, regards an error in billing and is signed "Syd" in blue ink (grading "9"). The letter displays two horizontal mailing folds and has been matted, by means of tape on the reverse, otherwise Ex. 8.5 x 11 inches. Matted to total dimensions of 11 x 14 inches. This is a fascinating collection including many rarities that would enhance even the most advanced Negro League memorabilia collection. Total: 12 items. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+++. SOLD FOR $1,422

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