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    1935 Negro National League Broadside. One of the greatest broadsides ever to surface from the woefully endangered species of Negro League artifacts is this large (21.5x27") cardstock beauty produced to promote a Nashville Elite Giants contest in 1935. While it is true that any large display piece from the Negro Leagues could rightfully be considered rare and desirable, the astounding graphics and historic import sets this one apart from the rest. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only period piece ever discovered to feature extensive photographic imagery of multiple Negro League teams. In fact, six of the eight teams comprising the NNL appear (only the Philadelphia Stars and Newark Dodgers fail to register in photographic form), providing images of such legends as Josh Gibson, Turkey Stearnes, Willie Wells, Cool Papa Bell, Smokey Joe Williams, Martin Dihigo and dozens of supporting castmembers.

    The unused nature of the poster is certainly the key to its survival, as it was likely lost and forgotten in an attic or basement for decades. A degree of toning and wear at the borders must be addressed, but our catalog imagery should indicate that this is of minor concern, and that the central focus of the piece remains unperturbed by any distracting condition issues. A simply remarkable find that would serve well as the cornerstone of any collection dedicated to this noble second league.


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    Auction Dates
    April, 2010
    22nd-23rd Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 15
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