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    1907 Chicago White Sox Large World Championship Banner. Fabulous Dead Ball relic honors the reigning World Champion Chicago White Sox, though the production of such a piece was a calculated risk by the local sporting goods company that sponsored it, as the team vanquished in the 1906 World Series was the crosstown rival Cubs. Constructed of screenprinted silk with a heavy cotton backing and a trim of green ribbon that gives way to a hanging fringe on the bottom, the piece is dominated by a photographic image of the Championship squad. Charles Comiskey stands proudly at center, flanked by such stars as Ed Walsh, George Davis, Nick Altrock and the gang, with each player identified in white text below. "Champions, American League 1907" rises above them in bold block lettering, while "World's Champions, compliments of Chicago Sporting Goods Manufacturing Company" frames the image from below. We need not comment upon the scarcity of any baseball pennant or banner approaching its centennial, but the prodigious size (18x26") of this piece sets it apart from even the few from this era that have surfaced in the hobby. As such, the condition flaws that exist must be largely excused, though a talented restoration artist could diminish the effects of age considerably. Several areas of separation create latitudes of gaps along the surface of the piece, but we should note that nothing is actually missing, nor are there any signs of staining or other issues to complicate restoration efforts. It is entirely safe to assume that we offer the only surviving specimen of this fine relic. Even with its imperfections, it displays quite admirably, and ably evokes the spirit of the era from which it derives.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2005
    14th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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