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Sunday, November 13, 2011

SCD: Program from First World Series Sells for $241,500

As Chris Treadway points out…“Only 2 known and one is at the Hall of Fame? Maybe they should check to be sure they still have it.”

One of only two known surviving copies of the first World Series program sold at auction Saturday for a record-setting price of $241,500, the highest price ever paid for a World Series program.  The only other program seen in public resides in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  The winner, whose name hasn’t been revealed, placed the winning bid of $210,00 over the phone during Hunt Auctions’ live event at the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum.

The realized price for the 1903 Series program included a 15% buyer’s premium.  The first World Series, a best of nine games affair, pitted Honus Wagner and the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Boston Americans.  Boston won the series five games to three.

The program was part of a large collection of vintage World Series programs sold Saturday.  A 1908 example, from the Cubs’ last championship, brought $32,200 including the buyer’s premium.

Repoz Posted: November 13, 2011 at 11:18 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: business, history, memorabilia

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   1. AndrewJ Posted: November 14, 2011 at 01:38 AM (#3992769)
Nuf Ced.
   2. Meramec Posted: November 14, 2011 at 03:05 AM (#3992811)
What a fool. I can buy 16,100 of the 2011 programs for $241,500. Whose got the more impressive collection now, oh winner whose name has not yet been revealed!
   3. Morty Causa Posted: November 14, 2011 at 05:24 AM (#3992844)
They better take care that they didn't get taken in by the bidding of a spikey-haired boy doing a bad imitation of the Queen of England.
   4. Mom makes botox doctors furious Posted: November 14, 2011 at 10:22 AM (#3992875)
Charlie Sheen?
   5. Dan Evensen Posted: November 14, 2011 at 12:11 PM (#3992882)
Only two exist, one is supposedly in the Hall of Fame -- and this only went for $241,500?

I think this shows how much demand has fallen in the sports memorabilia market. $32,200 for a 1908 World Series program seems extremely low to me. To put it in perspective, more common baseball cards from almost 50 years later go for more money, even in the current baseball card market.

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