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Lot # 1029 (of 1336)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1952 Roy Campanella All Stars Barnstorming Pennant - Extremely Rare!

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,800

Presented is one of the most extraordinary pennants we have ever seen, and one of the most extraordinary memorabilia items of any kind relating to integration in baseball in the post-1947 era. During the early 1950s Roy Campanella took part in several postseason barnstorming tours, captaining his own squad of African American major league players. Offered here is an extremely rare pennant dating from of one of those tours, the first example of its type we have ever seen. The brown-felt pennant features an illustration of a game in progress (featuring generic African American players and umpire) and reads "Campanella All Stars" in white lettering, The names of some of the more prominent team members are listed on a scroll along the right side: Campanella, Mays, Newcombe, Thompson, Easter, Irvin, and Simpson. This is an extraordinary souvenir that transcends pennant collecting. This is a museum-caliber item of subtle but enormous historical significance. The pennant (28.5 inches in length) displays minor crazing to the painted images and lettering, as well as light, general wear. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall.   Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,800

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