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1925 Kansas City vs Hilldale Second Colored World Series Panorama Photograph
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $13,800.00
Extraordinary panoramic photograph (7 x 34 inches) features the Kansas City Monarchs, Champions of the Negro National League, and the Hilldale Club, Eastern Colored Champions, lined up for a posed shot prior to Game 5 of the series at Philadelphia's Baker Bowl. These same clubs met in the first Colored World Series in 1924. The Monarchs won the 1924 series. Hilldale captured the title of World Champions in the 1925 series. The photograph features 18 Hilldale team members and 15 Kansas City Monarch players, with four Negro League executives in the center. Included are Biz Mackey, Judy Johnson, Louis Santop, Jose Mendez, among the many stars of these great teams. In the center is Andrew "Rube" Foster, the founder of the Negro National League and the "Father of the Negro Leagues." All players and executives are identified below in white lettering. The photograph is captioned along the bottom, also in white lettering, as follows: "Colored World Series. Kansas City vs. Hilldale. Philadelpia, PA Oct 8th, 1925 at Phila Nat League Park". The photo is credited to photographer Harold R. Stott of Philadelphia in the lower right. Hilldale won this game 2-1, and won the best of 9 game series 5 games to 1. This is one of the best Negro League photographs in existence, and is arguably the centerpiece of the Jeff Eastland collection. This is the very photograph used as the title page photo of the SABR Negro Leagues book. This panorama is one of only two examples known, and is by far the better of the two in terms of condition. (The other example, described as having restoration with a Vg-Ex appearance, appeared at public auction in 2003 and sold for $12,501). Flawless contrast. Astounding detail. Near Mint to Mint condition. We believe these photographs were produced exclusively for presentation to the Hilldale and Kansas City players and league executives. The photograph is still in its original frame which has preserved this incredible and extremely historic photographic display in perfect condition. Framed to dimensions of 8 x 35 inches. Museum-caliber and one of the most significant and spectacular Negro League display photographs in existence. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$20,000. SOLD FOR $13,800.00
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