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1972 Detroit Tigers "Phantom" World Series Program Cover 4-Sheet Color Separation Design

Lot Number 583

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The lone interruption in Baltimore’s run of five American League east crowns in the first six years of division play, the strike-abbreviated 1972 campaign saw Detroit win the title despite going 8-10 in head-to-head play against the Birds. Faced with a two games-to-none deficit in that year’s ALCS, the Tigers came roaring back with consecutive triumphs to force a winner-take-all Game 5. As they inched closer to what proved to be an elusive pennant, this 1972 “phantom” World Series cover was designed by Averill Press. The four-layer design combines a series of colors on acetate sheets to complete a colorful illustration of a Tigers infielder leaping over a sliding baserunner to complete a double play. Along the edge, a portion of an advertisement for the Ford Motor Company is visible. Accompanying is a 1973 Tigers yearbook on which the cover design features the image that had been slated for the aforementioned 1972 World Series program.  

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