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1870-1929 Baseball Team Photo Display Collection (16)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,740.00
The spirit of baseball's rich amateur history is impressively conveyed within this collection of sixteen original team display photographs spanning the years circa 1870 through 1929. Photographs of this extraordinary quality were usually produced at great expense as keepsakes and for special presentation. This is an extremely impressive group, which is not surprising considering this collection has been very carefully selected from a vast photo collection numbering in the hundreds, assembled over a period of decades. These sixteen team photos represent the very finest in terms of quality and visual appeal. Though the teams and players pictured here have long been forgotten, their images stand as silent testimony to baseball's grand heritage within the framework of American history. Baseball is America's National Pastime, and while this collection features no famous teams or famous players, these team photographs capture the spirit of the pioneers of the game. Unless otherwise noted, all of the photos are formal studio shots, have been matted and framed, and are in Excellent to Mint condition overall. 1) Circa 1870 photo (11.5 x 9.5 inches) picturing an unidentified team. Each of the bib-front jerseys features the letter "K" on the front. Displays a few tiny areas of light discoloration. Ex. Total dimensions: 22 x 19.5 inches. 2) 1887 photo (12.5 x 9 inches) picturing the Tecumsehs. The team is identified in print along the base of the matting, "Tecumsehs - 1887 Fall River Daily Globe Tournament." Displays some slight enhancement to the letter on one of the player's jerseys and minor staining along the base of the mount. Total dimensions: 23 x 20 inches. 3) 1887 photo (10 x 8.25 inches) picturing the "C. P & S. Base Ball Team" (as printed on the mount). The players are identified in print along the base of the mount. The ink notation, "Queens Medical BB team over 60 years ago" is written along the base of the photo. Unframed, Gd. 4) Circa 1880s photo (9.5 x 7 inches) picturing an unknown team posing on a porch (possibly their clubhouse). Ten of the eleven members pictured sport pants in an unusual striped design. Total dimensions: 13.5 x 10.5 inches. 5) Circa 1890 photo (7.75 x 4.5 inches) picturing an unidentified team (UC on jerseys) posing in a field. "UC Berkeley Baseball Team" is written on the reverse. Unframed. 6) Circa 1890 photo (8 x 6 inches) picturing the Shenendoahs (as noted on their jerseys) posing on field. Unframed. Small tear in upper border, otherwise Ex-Mt. 7) Circa 1890 photo (8.75 x 7 inches) picturing the Concordias (as noted on their jerseys). Unframed. Vg. 8) 1895 photo (9.5 x 7.5 inches) picturing the Neches (as noted on their jerseys). The players are identified in print along the base of the mount. Unframed. 9) Circa 1900 photo (9.5 x 8 inches) picturing the "Futures" (as noted on their jerseys). Displays some light foxing and discoloration to the matting. Ex. Total dimensions: 14 x 12.75 inches. 10) Circa 1900 photo (12.5 x 9 inches) picturing St. Vincent's College (as noted on their jerseys). St. Vincent's College later became Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Ex. Total dimensions: 17 x 13.5 inches. 11) Circa 1900 photo (13 x 10 inches) of the Tacomas (as noted on their jerseys). Ex. Total dimensions: 16 x 12 inches. 12) 1907 photo (20 x 15.5 inches) picturing an unidentified team posing with its trophy cup and a pennant bearing the year "1907." Printed in white along the base is the notation "A.I.U. 89 Fraternal League." Total dimensions: 28.25 x 24.5 inches. 13) 1911 photo (19.5 x 14 inches) picturing the "Wally Schmidt Colts" (as noted on their jerseys and also in ink along the base of the photo). Lettered within the matting is "Champions of 1911." Total dimensions: 28 x 24 inches. 14) 1912 team composite photo (13.25 x 10.5 inches) picturing the "Moose" ball club (as noted on their jerseys). Each player is identified by name below his respective image. "Champions Cleveland League 1912" is lettered along the base of the mount, as is the name of the photography studio, "Webb Studio." Ex. Total dimensions: 23.75 x 19.75 inches. 15) Circa 1915 photo (13.25 x 10.25 inches) picturing the "Bowdoin" ball club (as noted on their jerseys). The photographer's stamp ("J. B. Webber, Brunswick, ME.") appears on the mount. Nr/Mt. Total dimensions: 22.5 x 18.5 inches. 16) 1929 panoramic photo (22 x 7.5 inches) picturing the "Solloway Mills" team (as noted on their jerseys and lettered on the photo) posing on field. Each player is identified below his respective image. "Solloway Mills Baseball Team - Ontario O. B. A. A. Champions 1929" appears in white lettering along the base of the photo. Ex. with a few slight creases. Total dimensions: 27 x 12.5 inches. Each team photo in this collection is outstanding individually. Together, these sixteen team photographs represent a museum-quality display. Total 16 team photographs (11 framed, 5 unframed). Please note: due to the number of framed items in this collection, the shipping charges for this lot (depending on where it is sent and method of shipping) may be substantial. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+.
Additional images are available at http://photos.yahoo.com/reaphotos. SOLD FOR $1,740.00
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