1916 M101-5 # 188 Buck Weaver Blank Back SGC 4 VG-EX – Only 2 SGC Examples Graded Higher!
Presented here is a stellar SGC 4 VG-EX offering of Buck Weaver's highly coveted 1916 M101-5 blank back subject, one of only 4 SGC encapsulated copies with a paltry two examples graded higher! Weaver will forever be remembered as one of the infamous eight Chicago White Sox that helped "throw" the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. While he always insisted that he never took any money (which is assumed to be the case), baseball commissioner Judge Landis included him with the other seven players he banned from playing Major League Baseball forever. It was Landis' explanation that "any player who simply has knowledge of a game being thrown and will not come forward with such information will also be banned for life".
Such was the case for Weaver who refused to "snitch" on his seven teammates that accepted bribe money. Sadly enough, while Weaver petitioned for reinstatement for years to come, he was never pardoned by Landis, ironically elevating the desirability and value of "Black Sox" collectibles. With the exception of Joe Jackson, Weaver's cardboard relics are sought after more than all of the other "Black Sox", and only a handful of "Black Sox" issues could possibly be rarer than this solid mid-grade offering. The period Weaver throwing image depicts outstanding contrast and resolution, and although the classic illustration does favor the left edge, the horizontal centering is near-perfect. Even corner wear is consistent with the assessment, and the four cream-hued borders depict a splendid vintage luster. No obtrusive surface flaws are evident on either side, the final superlative for this "must have" cardboard keepsake that turns back the clock to an era when the greed of the infamous "Black Sox Eight" changed our National Pastime forever!
MIN BID $200