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1915 Federal League Baltimore Opening-Day Panorama
Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $8,225.00
Incredibly rare and possibly unique panoramic photograph captures the action from the April 10, 1915, opening-day Federal League game between the Baltimore Terrapins and Newark Peps at Terrapin Park in Baltimore. Its rarity aside (we have never seen another example), in terms of visual appeal, this is also without question one of the finest baseball panoramas in existence. Taken from the perspective of the upper grandstands (almost directly above the third base dugout), the photograph encompasses not only the entire field of play, but also the entire grandstand and many outlying buildings. The clarity displayed here, especially for a photo of this size, is nothing short of spectacular. One can easily read the scoreboard in deep left field with the naked eye (the Peps are winning 4-2 in the third inning), as well as the clock in centerfield (five minutes past four). As noted by the scoreboard, the game is well under way, and the Peps are pictured here still at bat in the third. They have a runner on first base as the pitcher looks in for the sign. The stands are packed to capacity, and an overflow crowd lines the outfield wall. In the background, numerous fans can be seen on rooftops watching the game. A giant banner on the ground between home plate and the stands reads "Terrapin Park" and can be seen by thousands of fans. Credit for this remarkable photograph goes to "Hughes Co.," as noted in the lower left corner. Printed directly to the right of the photo credit is the white-letter caption "Federal League-Opening Game - Baltimore April 10-1915." The Federal League was formed in 1914 as a Major League rival to the American and National Leagues. Despite its success in signing many of the game's top stars, the League only lasted two seasons, thus making this photo not only an extraordinary artistic achievement, but an extremely significant historical piece as well. Any and all materials relating to the short-lived Federal League are exceedingly rare, especially photographic images of this scale. This photo is simply spectacular on all levels. Collectors today would expect to find such a piece only in either the Baseball Hall of Fame or in one of the country's premier private collections. Essentially flawless in appearance, the photograph (42 x 7.75 inches) has three extremely tiny surface creases (mentioned strictly for the sake of extreme accuracy) and is in Excellent to Mint condition. Framed to total dimensions of 44 x 9.75 inches. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $8,225.00
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