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6s038 CASEY AT THE BAT linen 1sh '27 great baseball art of Wallace Beery, from classic poem, rare!

Date Sold 5/1/2016
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Style A One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

Casey at the Bat, the 1927 Monte Brice silent New York Major League Baseball sports comedy ("Story by Hector Turnbull"; very loosely based on the classic poem by Ernest Lawrence Thayer) starring Wallace Beery (in the title role as 'Home Run' Casey), Ford Sterling, Zasu Pitts, Sterling Holloway, and Spec O'Donnell. Note that this movie owes as much to the larger-than-life Babe Ruth as it does to the classic poem! In it, Casey is a mighty home run hitter, who is signed by the New York Giants, and he starts to live the high life, buying drinks for everyone and romancing showgirls. At the climax of the movie, he comes to bat, and just like the Casey of the poem, he strikes out, but it turns out that the ball was doctored, and the result of the game is overturned!
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Important Added Info: Note that we have never seen or heard of this poster before we were consigned it recently! We have auctioned the style B one-sheet, but that was from when Paramount was experimenting with creating one-sheets that were like window cards, with large blank areas at the bottom, and that is very distracting, and besides, the image on the style B poster is not nearly as good as the image on this great style A one-sheet, which has wonderful colorful close up art of Wallace Beery swinging three bats amidst a pile a discarded bats. We certainly can see the argument for this being the best "baseball" poster known to exist. Babe Ruth made two movies, and one-sheet posters from those movies have sold for over $100,000 each, and those posters do not have anywhere near the visual appeal of this wonderful poster!

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. The poster had most of the top and bottom blank borders trimmed off and there were tears and areas of paper loss in the left and right blank borders. There was tiny paper loss in the top left of the "Y" of "CASEY" and paper loss in the top of the "T" of "THE", extending into the background above it. There was a tear at the bottom of the "B" of "BAT" extending down 1" below it. There was a slightly diagonal tear running from the top horizontal fold down the background to the right of Beery's face and through his shoulder, and into the background at the middle horizontal fold. There was a second horizontal fold just above the regular bottom horizontal fold. There were a few tiny bits of paper loss on parts of some folds. Other than the above defects, the poster was in pretty nice condition prior to linenbacking (I would rate its pre-restoration condition as "good to very good"). I went into extreme detail about its exact defects because of the value of the poster and its great rarity. The poster was expertly backed by a talented restorer and will look incredible on the new owner's wall!
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