August 2019 Summer Classic Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/1/2019
Graded PSA 5 EX and ranking as the first and only example ever studied by PSA. Direct from our consignor in Sweden, offered is an extraordinarily rare counterpart to the 1912 Jim Thorpe rookie postcard offered in the preceding lot. Produced by the same Stockholm-based company, Granbergs Konstindustri-Aktiebolags Förlag (GPK), this card is one of 319 postcards sold to commemorate the historic Games of the V Olympiad. Pictured just after the firing of the gun to start the 1500 meter race of the pentathlon, Thorpe can be seen second-from-left. While he would win gold in both the decathlon and pentathlon, it was this particular race of the pentathlon that showed to the world Thorpe's total dominance over the field, as he outpaced the runner-up by five full seconds.

For his outstanding achievements, Thorpe returned home from the 1912 Sweden Olympics to a ticker-tape parade on Broadway, and within months he signed with the New York Giants National League baseball club. Although he played in only 19 of their 151 games, Thorpe became one of the reigning NL championship team's main attractions, a trend which further increased when the Giants joined the Chicago White Sox on an international barnstorming tour after the 1913 season ended. World leaders, kings and even the Pope came out to meet the man dubbed "the greatest athlete in the world." Thorpe's success as the first native American to win a gold medal for the United States, and his legacy as the country's first three-sport superstar—he later played both professional football and professional basketball as well—have long been studied as fundamental history lessons in American grade school texts, and he will forever remain among this land's most cherished sons. Celebrate that legacy and add some diversity to your collection with a winning bid on this peerless collectible today.
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Minimum Bid: $1,000
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,475
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Sunday, September 1, 2019.
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