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1913 "Pop" Lloyd Photograph
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,725.00
Original studio photograph (5.75" x 8.25") of shortstop John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, of the New York Lincoln Giants. Photo by the Apeda Studio of NY, with phoyo credit on front, and with photographer's identification ink stamp with address (102-104 West 38th St., N.Y.") on reverse. Lloyd hit .363 for the Giants in 1913, leading the team to their third straight championship as the powerhouse team of the east. Lloyd is widely considered the best black player of the dead ball era. Often hitting at or near the .400 mark, his career spanned 26 seasons. As player-manager for the 1923 Hilldale team, the first season of the Eastern Colored League, Lloyd hit .418 and led the team to the pennant. Lloyd was often referred to as the "Black Wagner" because of his rare ability to combine speed and power. When asked about this, Wagner was quoted as replying "I am honored to have John Lloyd called the Black Wagner. It's a privilege to have been compared to him." The photo has been dated to exactly 1913 based on the uniform style. The photograph has some small areas of surface flaking, on his cap, and to the immediate right of his cap in the white background, and some minor chipping in the upper right corner, with clarity and contrast, and otherwise in Very Good condition. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,725.00
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