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    A truly comprehensive assembly from the Midsummer Classic...

    1933-2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Programs Lot of 87 - A Complete Collection.

    Update: This lot includes a full LOA from PSA/DNA (1936 program with Collins); Pre-Certification by PSA/DNA (1948 program with Blackwell); and a full LOA from PSA/DNA (1952 program with Reese, Perkins, Bengough).

    It was eighty-eight years ago that the tradition was born, the top stars of both Major Leagues gathered for the first time on a single playing field at Comiskey Park, where Babe Ruth fittingly christened the event with the very first Midsummer Classic home run on July 6, 1933. The American League would claim victory in that inaugural edition, going on to win eleven of the next fifteen. But then the pendulum of dominance would swing mightily, with the National League winning all but ten of the next forty-three contests. And then, once again, the Junior Circuit caught fire, claiming victory in twenty-two of the thirty games to come.

    Sadly, the global pandemic that lopped one hundred games from the Major League schedule in 2020 has likewise doomed that year's All-Star Game, just the second time since its debut (the first scuttled by WWII travel restrictions in 1945) that the exhibition hasn't been played. And that non-existent 1945 program is the only break in the chain in the offered assembly, which even features both editions from the four seasons (1959-62) that doubled the star-studded fun. We don't have the 2021 edition either, but that's easily remedied with a quick visit to eBay.

    As the vast majority of rarity and value appears in the first two decades of the tradition, we'll address each of those individually, and report that the subsequent decades improve from an EX-MT average in the 1950's to NRMT for virtually all of the last three and a half decades.

    1933: VG-EX, unscored. 1934: Spine splitting with loose pages, but all present, pencil scored. 1934 non-official: Minor edge/corner wear, partially pencil scored. 1935: VG-EX, unscored. 1936: VG, unscored, signed by Eddie Collins rear cover 9/10 pencil. 1937: VG-EX, unscored. 1938: VG, pencil scored. 1939: VG, pencil scored. 1940: Heavy vertical fold line, otherwise EX, unscored. 1941: "Press" stamp on cover, VG-EX, unscored. 1942: Writing on cover, otherwise NRMT, unscored. 1943: VG-EX, unscored. 1944: EX-MT, unscored. 1945: No game. 1946: Light toning with coffee stain on cover, otherwise EX-MT, unscored. 1947: NRMT, unscored. 1948: Two examples, both Good with heavy spine wear (tape repair on one). One signed by Ewell Blackwell in 9/10 pencil on cover. 1949: Some cover staining, otherwise EX-MT, unscored.

    1952 example is signed on cover in pencil by Pee Wee Reese, Cy Perkins and Bennie Bengough in 9/10 pencil. 1959 example has owner's handwritten name on cover. The modern issues are EX/MT or better.

    Full LOA from PSA/DNA (1936 program with Collins). Pre-Certified by PSA/DNA (1948 program with Blackwell). Full LOA from PSA/DNA 1952 program with Reese, Perkins, Bengough).


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    August, 2021
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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