1930-31 Harrison Studio Homestead Grays Real Photo Postcar...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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Description1930-31 Harrison Studio Homestead Grays Real Photo Postcard PSA EX 5--PSA Population One-of-One! One of the greatest and truest compliments that one can assign to professional sports is the fact that they serve as the purest meritocracy that exists in the full expanse of human endeavor. Talent is the only consideration, not race, not money, not family. If a kid from the projects is better than the son of the President of the United States, he gets the job, every time.
But it hasn't always been this way, and it is this year that we celebrate the seventy-year anniversary of the event that set the record right. A pair of extraordinarily rare and important relics presented within the Final Session of this Platinum Night event carries us back to that period of pre-enlightenment, before ability became the only metric that mattered.
The history of the American Negro Leagues is a woefully fragmented thing today, the scores, the stats largely lost beneath the sands of time. The physical relics of that segregated experience are likewise few and far between, particularly in regard to period premiums celebrating the darker-complected practitioners of our national pastime. Trading card collectors have had to turn to Latin America to find any quarry, the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards finding only a single American issue for the Negro Leagues. We are privileged to present two of the five known Harrison Studio postcard variants in this event.
The Harrison Studio of Hot Springs, Arkansas deserves the hobby's gratitude for its pioneering spirit in documenting the passage of the Negro Leagues' greatest figures through its city borders. This singular relic provides the details of the photo shoot in white text below the sepia real photo: "Homestead Grays of 1931, 4-3-31, Colored Champions."
The roster features several of the greatest figures in the history of the Negro Leagues, and we provide it in full here, with Hall of Famers bolded:
Standing: Cumberland Posey, Bill Evans, Jap Washington, Red Reed, Smokey Joe Williams, Josh Gibson, George Scales, Oscar Charleston, Charlie Walker, Jr. Kneeling: George "Chippy" Britt, Lefty Williams, Jud Wilson, Vic Harris, Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, Ambrose Reed, Ted Page.
This sole Grays team representation in the PSA population report survives remarkably well, with only typical edge and corner wear to account for its EX 5 assessment. Back is unused.
Guide Value or Estimate: $10,000 - up.
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