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"Autograph That Ball Or Else" 1931 Al Capone & Gabby Harnett Wire Photo (Type I) - Nicest Known Specimen

One of the true Holy Grails of baseball wire photographs. Al Capone sits courtside with his son at a 1931 Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley and The Czar of Crime is greeted in the stands by future Hall of Famer Gabby Hartnett. They appear quite chummy, which did not make Baseball Czar Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis very happy. After this photograph appeared he called Hartnett into his office and gave him a serious tongue lashing. Any connection to Organized Crime was frowned upon in the wake of the Black Sox Scandal. It is incredible how rare this image is. In all the photographic archives we have culled, we have only seen less than five Type I vintage originals EVER. This is a fresh copy and from what we can see, this Underwood & Underwood cherishment is the NICEST CONDITION SPECIMEN KNOWN. Overall NRMT (8,.5x6.5"), with perfect contrast and as clear as the day the emulsion hit the paper. Best of all, the slug/caption on verso reads exactly as our title here, "Autograph That Ball Or Else!"


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