Lot # 174: c.1930's Charles "Swede" Risberg Type 4 Photograph (PSA/DNA)

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Item was in Auction "Spring, 2023 Premier Auction",
which ran from 4/9/2023 12:00 PM to
4/29/2023 9:00 PM

Recognized as a ringleader of the plot to help "fix" the 1919 World Series, young Charles "Swede" Risberg was compensated with a reported $10k-$20k for his efforts to help recruit teammates to intentionally lose the World Series. Ultimately, the 26-year-old Risberg and seven other White Sox players found themselves banned from organized baseball for life by baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis following a grand jury investigation in 1921. While it remains a vintage example, produced from a duplicate negative, the presented photograph of Swede Risberg was developed sometime during the 1930's. Remaining a fantastic example of the artistry involved with early editorial masking techniques often associated with news service photos, Risberg's head has been silhouetted in black, surrounded by a white outline in preparation for publication. Two small pieces of translucent tape appear at top edge of verso which also displays handwritten notations along with an inscription related to Swede's banishment from the game. Measures 8" x 10". Authenticated as a Type 4 photo by PSA/DNA.

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