‘Black Sox’ papers go big at Mastro

BURR RIDGE, Ill. – In December 2007, Mastro Auctions introduced its first live Connoisseur Auction following on the heels of one of its phone and internet Premier Catalog auctions. The combination of the two events was well received based on initial feedback. As a result, collectors and consignors can look forward to the continued evolution of these Premier sales as anticipated tandem hobby events.

BlackSox check 1-16.jpgAccording to Doug Allen, Mastro Auctions COO and president, there were numerous highlights from the Premier Catalog auction.

Cicotte and Comiskey-signed payroll checks were among the items offered.

“One of the most outstanding items in the Premier Catalog auction was the 1919 Black Sox archive,” said Allen. “Not only did it attract tremendous, positive media attention and generate a selling price just shy of $100,000, it has an enormous amount of significance since it represents a pivotal time period in sports history.”

The Black Sox material was the subject of a bidding war befitting their infamous history.

“In the end, we had a duel between two Chicago museums,” said Allen. “That never would have happened if we hadn’t expended the extra effort to get the story out in the press.”

BlackSox2 1-16.jpgThe trove contained more than 200 compelling and comprehensive 1919 Chicago “Black Sox” legal documents. What began with a Chicago Tribune article exploded into nationwide coverage on this historically significant lot.

The end result was dueling bids between two Chicago museums with the Chicago History museum coming out on top. The selling price for the 15 pounds of documents that included depositions, testimony, court proceedings, telegrams, memos and paychecks was $99,940.

Mastro Auctions’ next Premier Catalog and Connoisseur auctions are scheduled for April 2008. Consignments are currently being accepted.

For more information, call 630-472-1200 or visit www.mastroauctions.com.

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