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1899 Baltimore Orioles Team Imperial Display Photograph
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $8,225.00
Original 19 x 15-inch Imperial photograph of the 1899 Baltimore Orioles in a traditional team pose. Player/manager John McGraw is pictured seated in the center, surrounded by fifteen of his charges, including Wilbert Robinson and "Iron Man" Joe McGinnity. The photographer's credit, "Betz- Baltimore, MD," appears in the lower right. This is an historic image, as it captures McGraw during his first managerial season. The title of player/manager seemed to inspire baseball's famed "Little Napoleon" that season, as he responded to the dual responsibilities by posting a career high .391 average as well as league-leading totals in bases on balls (124), runs (140), and on-base percentage (.547). Unfortunately, the club failed to perform at his level and finished fourth in the standings. Nineteenth-century baseball photos of this size are rare in general, but especially so from the late 1890s. That fact, coupled with the historical significance of the offered piece, makes this a truly remarkable find and one that surely ranks among the premier photographs from the era. Based on the size, quality, and rarity of the photograph (we have never seen another), it is possible that this photo was produced for presentation to players. The photograph is affixed to its original heavy cardboard mount . A few scattered age spots and a couple of tiny edge chips are evident along the edges, and there is a small corner chip in the lower right. Aside from those minor flaws (all of which can be easily matted out) the photo presents with outstanding clarity and is in Excellent condition. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $8,225.00
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