1924 World's Colored Championship Official Program, 1st Negro League World Series....
The program is surprisingly large and detailed for its Negro League derivation, with its twenty-four pages packed with player bios and photographs, and matching team photos of the warring factions at center. An unmarked scorecard appears at interior front cover. The inside rear cover notes the dates and four locations of the Series, indicating that this program was intended for use at each of the games. It must be noted however that the attendance at each game ranged from a minimum 584 (Game 4) to a maximum of 8,885 (Game 6), so the supply of these programs was never large, even at the time of creation.
The first half of the twentieth century was an era of considerable hardship for the African-American population, and it's little surprise that little memorabilia from the Negro Leagues have survived to the modern hobby. The stunning condition of this hugely important relic, with light handling wear to the cover the only issue bearing mention. You can bet the farm that there is no superior specimen on earth, and it's likely that all surviving examples could be counted on a single hand. Add the ideal provenance from the family of the Hilldale owner and this is unquestionably one of the most desirable artifacts from segregated ball ever to reach the public auction block.
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