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1924 Walter Johnson Syndicated Biography Advertising Broadside - From Johnson's Estate

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After many years of winning big for also-ran teams, Walter Johnson hit the jackpot in 1924. During that season for the ages, the "Big Train" turned in a "Triple Crown" pitching performance, leading the American League in Wins, Strikeouts and ERA. He was also named the AL MVP and won his first and only World Series championship. Following this tremendous campaign, an unauthorized biography was set to hit the market. Sports agent Christy Walsh, who represented the biggest stars of the day including Cobb, Ruth, Gehrig and Johnson, responded with a syndicated series chronicling the resurgent Johnson's life. While visiting his father-in-law Edwin E. Roberts, Mayor of Reno, Nevada, Johnson was the recipient of this 1924 advertising broadside, which was sent by Walsh to Johnson c/o Mayor Roberts. 


Measuring 10x13, this antique promo is graced with a photo of Johnson taken during the 1924 season. The content details the exclusive 36 installment biography and features teasers about his breaking into to baseball in 1907 and the glorious final game of the 1924 championship season. A red ink blurb along the left border states "This is my own life story and the only one I have written or authorized. Walter Johnson". Printed on sturdy stock, this ancient broadside remains broadly appealing with general age-appropriate wear and truly authentic appeal, however it has been neatly repaired long ago with clear tape along a horizontal fold line at center, with most of the tape being on the reverse side. Said reverse is addressed as "To Mr Walter Johnson c/o Mayor Roberts Reno Nevada", potentially in Walsh's hand. A postmark canceled 2-cent Washington stamp is dated "12/5/24, Grand Central Sta. NYC".


Accompanying is a 7/30/14 handwritten note, signed by Johnson's grandson Henry W. Thomas. This note states "This poster, "Walter Johnson's Own Life Story" came from the estate of my grandfather, Walter Johnson, and was in his scrapbook. Henry W. Thomas". An extensive search for similar examples of this century old relic suggests it is very rare, as none of this type were found, though a single larger variation with two Johnson photos was discovered, putting both types way over the scarcity line. 

 



 
 
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