1933 baseball All-Star Game scorecard (Babe Ruth cover)
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1933 baseball All-Star Game scorecard (Babe Ruth cover)
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One of the rarest and most attractive of all baseball scorecards is this 1933 program from baseball's 1st All-Star Game. Originally sold for 10 cents at Comiskey Park, this 6" x 9" specimen is one of only a few known in existence. It is far tougher than the "official" program scorecard version which was sold by the White Sox featuring owner Charles Comiskey on the cover and easily far more attractive as this one features the main drawing card of that historical game, Babe Ruth, on the front cover. The idea of a baseball game with just "all" stars was initiated at the insistence of Arch Ward, a sports editor for the Chicago Tribune, to coincide with the celebration of Chicago's 1933 Century of Progress Exposition.

The scorecard's interior has been neatly scored in pencil and features the names of a mind-boggling 25 Hall of Famers. Make no mistake, the majority of the crowd estimated at 49,200 were there to see the Babe. And the Bambino did not disappoint, slamming the 1st Home Run in All-Star game history - as recorded by the original owner of this scorecard - in the 3rd inning that afternoon in a 4-2 American League win.

This is a gorgeous looking scorecard boasting four square corners and a solid spine. It has a centerfold bend which is extremely light and barely noticeable on the front, while the faint surface creasing is more prominent on the reverse. There are no other visible flaws or marks on this squeaky clean publication which, aside from the aforementioned, displays beautifully with outstanding Ex to NrMT condition qualities. Seldom encountered in any condition, from a historical perspective, this souvenir keepsake is already significant on its own merit for what it represents, baseball's 1st mid-summer classic. But to have the hobby's most iconic figure gracing the cover is the cherry on top that makes this a gem a world-class display piece !
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Product ID 140
Category Books/Magazines, Ephemera, Sports
Circa 1933
Condition near mint
Price 795.00
Status Sold

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