Vintage Fall Classic memorabilia, to be sure, this October heirloom is among the most pristine treasures you’ll ever behold. Encapsulated and Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA, this full ticket was issued at Forbes Field for the opener of the 1925 World Series, which was one of the most dramatic in the hallowed event’s history.
Long-suffering franchises endured lengthy success runs of perennial New York City front-runners and finally rose to the top during the mid-1920s. In the Junior Circuit, the Yankees had arrived, indeed, with their rotund slugger and Boston Red Sox castoff. The National League, meanwhile, had been ruled for four successive campaigns by Polo Grounds co-tenants led by John McGraw. Enter the Washington Senators, governed by notoriously tight-fisted Clark Griffith and resultantly an also-ran for the last two decades. Armed with Goose Goslin, Sam Rice and veteran Walter Johnson, the roster clicked in 1924 and supplanted the three-time league champion Yankees atop the American League. Having won their first-ever title in the decisive game 7 of the 1924 World Series, the Senators repeated as A.L. champs in 1925 and were pitted against the potent bats of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Crowned World Champions back in 1909, the Bucs had since fallen off, finishing higher than third only once in the last 12 seasons. With anticipation climaxing for the series opener, 41,723 jammed Forbes Field to witness 37-year-old Walter Johnson claim his first-ever World Series win as a starter (he won the aforementioned 1924 clincher in a relief role), besting bespectacled counterpart Lee Meadows, 4-1.
Issued for that historic tilt, the offered full voucher bears printed seating and event details, including a then-hefty $5.50 “First Floor Res.” asking price and the facsimile signature of Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss. The lone graded specimen, this one is breathtaking with vibrant orange hues, razor-sharp edges/corners, unbroken perforations and a clean reverse. In fact, at a glance, this keepsake appears deserving of an even higher technical assessment. All told, this is a wondrous artifact from the latter half of Washington’s lone back-to-back World Series endeavor and simultaneously, a rare survivor form the first-ever World Series in which a team overcame a three games-to-one deficit. Of Pittsburgh’s five Fall Classic championships, all have come in the decisive seventh game.