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1904 to 1908 Baltimore Orioles (Eastern League) Team-Composite Display Photographs (5)
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $3,525.00
Extremely rare and substantial collection of five Baltimore Orioles team-composite display photographs issued, respectively, for the years 1904 through 1908. These majestic photographic composites were obviously produced for prominent display. Each of the displays is nearly identical in design and features bust-length photos of the players (in uniform) surrounding a central image of the club's manager. The name of the team and respective year are also prominently displayed on each piece. All of the displays were produced by the photography studio of "H. C. Weasner, Buffalo, N.Y.," as noted in print along the base. The extraordinary photographic quality of these pieces, coupled with their exceptional composition and extreme rarity, suggest that they were most likely produced for special presentation to team members only. Each photo offers outstanding clarity and contrast, and has been affixed upon a slightly larger cardboard mount for optimal visual appeal. All of the photos measure approximately 13.5 x 16.5 inches with the exception of the 1904 example (7 x 8.75 inches). Hall of Famer Hughie Jennings is pictured as the manager of the 1904 through 1906 teams, while Jack Dunn, the man who signed Babe Ruth to his first professional contract, is featured as the manager on the 1907 and 1908 photos. Also pictured in the 1908 display is Hall of Famer Wilbert Robinson, who had briefly managed the Orioles in 1904. The condition of each photo is as follows: 1904 (minor creasing in the upper left corner, touching upon one of the player photos; otherwise Nr/Mt); 1905 (Ex-Mt); 1906 (Ex-Mt); 1907 (tiny age spots and/or foxing throughout, Vg); 1908 (small area of very light discoloration along the right border, touching upon three player images, corner chip in the upper left portion of the mount only; otherwise Ex-Mt). The mounts all display moderate wear, including a few border chips and/or small tears. This is an outstanding collection of these substantial and extraordinary Baltimore Orioles display pieces, each of which is museum-quality caliber and each of which is the only example we have ever seen. Total: 5 team-composite photo displays. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $3,525.00
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