Lot # 98: 1931 Charity Game w/Al Capone & Gabby Hartnett PSA Type 1 Original Underwood & Underwood Photo - Measures Approx. 7” x 9” – Full PSA Type I LOA

Category: Memorabilia

Starting Bid: $300.00

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Item was in Auction "Historical Rarities Winter Auction",
which ran from 12/20/2017 12:00 PM to
1/13/2018 7:00 PM

(LOT 98)
1931 Charity Game w/Al Capone & Gabby Hartnett PSA Type 1 Original Underwood & Underwood Photo - Measures Approx. 7" x 9" – Full PSA Type I LOA

Anyone who has ever watched either the "Untouchables" TV Series w/Robert Stack or the blockbuster movie starring Kevin Costner as FBI agent Elliot Ness is all too familiar with the legendary story of renowned mobster Al "Scarface" Capone who was the ruthless Chicago based gangster for many years. Eventually imprisoned by Elliot Ness for tax evasion, Capone's notoriety lingers on forever, justifying why this seldom-surfacing photo portraying him and Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Gabby Hartnett resides as a truly remarkable image! Taken by the prestigious Underwood & Underwood News Service at a Comiskey park charity game on September 10, 1931, Harnett is obviously signing and autograph for Capone's boy Alphonso (Jiggs) Capone, Jr. with "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn sitting directly behind Capone.

All the proceeds of his benefit game were utilized to fund Governor Emmerson's unemployment program, with the 7" x 9" Type I image reflecting spectacular contrast and clarity, such that you can clearly see Capone's famous "scar" on his right cheek. No obtrusive surface flaws are evident, with only some peripheral/spotted magenta hued ink remnants situated on Hartnett's face. The verso reveals the critical bold magenta Underwood stamp and a vivid caption detailing the nuances of the prominent image and benefit game that read as follows: "You might expect that Al Capone would say some such thing to Gaby Hartnett of the Chicago Cubs, but he didn't.

Al really wanted the autograph for his son, Al Jr., who's sitting next to him watching the Chicago Cubs – Chicago White Sox charity game. Immediately behind Al Capone is "Machine Gun" McGurn and two body guards." An outstanding portrayal of a seldom surfacing Al Capone original illustration, it turns back the clock to an era when America's law enforcement made a firm stand against an ever-growing crime wave led by arguably the most feared mafia criminal the world has ever known! - Full PSA Type I LOA

MIN BID $300

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