Baseball's most notorious moment plays out with this rare panoramic postcard. Obviously we here at H&S process a massive amount of stuff and through it all we remain enthusiastic, because really this job beats the hell out being an accountant or shoe salesman. Once in a while we get something truly special that causes chills, here's one such instance. This incredible RPPC depicts a scene that has captured the imagination of every baseball fan who has ever heard the story. Titled in full at bottom left as "Opening Game, Cincinnati National League Park, Cincinnati vs. Chicago", this super-rare fold-out postcard showcases the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal.
Panoramic postcards are tough enough, but factor in nearly a full century of age and the vast import of the event and you've got a piece that transcends collectability to reach the pinnacle of priceless mountain. This sweeping scene measures 21-1/2 x 5" and depicts the game Sox knuckleball specialist Eddie Cicotte hit Reds batter Morrie Roth in the back with the first pitch to tip racketeer Arnold Rothstein that the fix was in.
Showing obvious signs of age-appropriate wear, this majestic postcard still remains broadly appealing in showing the game in progress before packed grandstands and bleachers. Minor surface loss is evident at the top corners and several vertical creases are interspersed with original factory folds, but other than these conditions, the heavy stock is still solid and the obverse is generally clean with decent gloss, while the reverse bears a few small tape reinforcements and adhesive residue is present across 70% of the area without affecting the front.
Diligent research did not discover another example of this postcard and furthermore no other photos or images of any type were found of the depicted scene, indicating that this significant relic is not only very rare but also of great historical value, making the starting point for this unique treasure seem a mere pittance. Avoid being left out with the "Chicago Eight" by taking this field of dreams home.