The most heralded team of the old Negro Leagues is represented in style with this handsome display. Measuring 28-1/2 x 30-1/2”, this professionally mounted ensemble is highlighted by an original 2/6/42 typed letter from Monarchs team owner J.L. Wilkinson to star pitcher Ford Smith. Also present are (5) vintage photographs and an air mail envelope. Detailed description on our website.
The letter and matching envelope are decorated with captivating “Worlds-Colored Champions" banner emblems. The letter displays like-new quality and though the envelope is moderately toned, all graphics, typing and postmarks remain bold.
(4) Smaller photos appear to be original 1940s period types. Though the subjects are not named at least (2) appear to include Ford Smith. The photo on the left bears the pen notation “Clarksdale, Ariz. 1940” and features a player in uniform with a young girl posed in front of a period automobile. The center photo looks to be Ford at a WWII military base. The photo on the right is of three men in a basketball setting. The fourth of the smaller photos features two men playing football. At top the fifth photo measures 16x6 and features a c.1940s Kansas City Monarchs team photo with Satchel Paige stationed at the right end and Buck O’Neil fourth from right. This irregularly trimmed photo is mounted to heavy stock and also appear to be vintage, however to preserve the integrity of the professional mounting we did not open the frame for closer inspection. It seems reasonable to presume that the mounted items were the property of Ford Smith as they all appear genuine in nature.
The serviceable burled wood frame is outfitted with ready for display hardware and is nicely complemented by layers of cream, tan and brown matting.
Frames included with lots: while we make every effort to protect the frames included in these lots during pre-auction storage and post-auction shipping, we are not responsible for any damage to the frames themselves, and no refunds will be given due to frame damage.