Time to get serious for this vintage lot of (5) 1913-41 World Series programs with: 1913 New York Giants version (no technical grade) with restored cover and tape residue on perimeter; 1916 Brooklyn Robins version (no technical grade) partial, cover absent; 1926 New York Yankees version (no technical grade) partial, cover absent; 1927 New York Yankees version (no technical grade) partial with team portraits featuring Ruth and Gehrig, cover absent; 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers version (VG-EX) complete and very appealing. More on our website.
Though the offered programs, with the exception of the 1941 Dodgers program are partial and/or restored examples, their relative scarcity and appeal recommends them as desirable collectibles. Early WS programs are typically made available in reprint form, while original versions are seldom offered and command significant prices in any grade. Don’t settle for filling in your collection with replicas when the offered group are serviceable and present the opportunity for restoration which in many cases will be the best attainable option. The following are detailed descriptions for the presented programs:
1913 (New York version) Giants vs. Athletics WS program with restored cover and tape residue on perimeter. The front cover is nearly full with approximately a 1/2” to 1” absent along the left edge and replaced by heavy stock paper for restoration, additionally a 2x1 section is absent at the top edge and multiple creases run through the front cover which is also affected by tape residue staining along the periphery. The graphics depict Giants manager John McGraw receiving a congratulatory handshake from a gentleman attired in colonial era garb with the caption “Congratulations John! Five championships in Ten Years!”. The back cover is absent. The last page present is fairly bright with minor soling, a horizontal crease 1” from the top, tape reinforcement along the spine at right and a 1x1 section of tape residue on the left edge. Depicted is an “A.G. Spalding & Bros.” advertisement for their “No. 1” baseball with the caption “The Official Ball of the World Series”. The interior section consists of (10) double sided pages (including the last page described above) for a total of (20) pages of content with numerous photographs including the Polo Grounds, the 1904-05 Giants NL Champions team photo in street attire, 1913 Giants and Athletics team photos in uniform and a portrait image of A’s manager Connie Mack. The scorecard pages are absent. The included pages are appealing with deference to occasional partial separation at the spine and all photos are vivid. Also included is a replica copy in (NM-MT) condition which includes scorecard sections with results recorded.
1916 (Brooklyn version) Robins vs. Red Sox WS program with cover absent. This is a partial program of (6) double sided pages for a total of (12) pages of content including scorecard sections with results recorded neatly in pencil. All included pages are appealing and present in average (VG-EX) condition. All included are attached by staples which show moderate oxidation. Featured photos include 1916 Brooklyn and Red Sox team photos.
1926 (New York version) Yankees vs. Cardinals WS program with cover absent. This is a partial program of (8) double sided pages for a total of (16) pages of content with score cards present. The scorecards are not scored. The pages are appealing with the first and last showing general age appropriate wear and are attached at the upper staple only with spine separation from just below the upper staple to the bottom. The other pages are bright and present well above average. Highlight photos are Yankees and Cardinals team individual portrait photo pages with (25) players images per page. The Yankees page includes Ruth at center and Gehrig at the lower right corner. The Cardinals page features Hornsby at center and Alexander diagonally one down from Hornsby.
1927 (New York version) Yankees vs. Pirates WS program with cover absent. This is a partial program of (10) double sided pages for a total of (20) pages of content with scorecard sections present with partial results recorded in pencil. The first page has several small stains and a name written in pen. The last page is partial with approximately 20% of the lower corner opposite the spine absent. The leaf at the center of the included pages is detached at both staples and the last (5) double sided pages are affected at the upper corner opposite the spine by paper transfer/loss apparently from having been stuck together at some point. Featured are team individual portrait photo pages with (25) player images per page. The Yankees page is highlighted by Ruth (who set a long standing record of 60HRs in 1927) at center and Gehrig to the right of him, along with the rest of the famous 1927 “Murderer’s Row” team. Also included is a 1927 WS replica program in (EX-MT) condition.
1941 (Brooklyn version) Dodgers vs. Yankees in (VG-EX) condition, this program is complete and is very appealing with handsome cover graphics and bright, clean pages. The scorecard sections are not scored. Highlight photos are DiMaggio, Durocher, Gehrig and Reese. Also included are a team photo page with facsimile signatures below the photo and the caption “Compliments of “Red” Barber and W.H.N.” across the top in red and a vintage newspaper clipping regarding a Gehrig tribute.