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1904 New York Giants Rotograph Co./Carl Horner Real-Photo Postcard
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $705.00
Real-photo team composite postcard, produced by "The Rotograph Co., N.Y. City" and featuring portrait images by noted Boston photographer Carl Horner, captures sixteen members of the 1904 National League Champion New York Giants. Manager John McGraw, in formal attire, is featured prominently in the center, surrounded by bust-length images of fifteen uniformed players including Bresnahan. The preprinted notation “New York Nationals Champions 1904” appears below McGraw’s image. The photographer’s credit appears in the lower right corner. Traditional postcard back with credit line for The Rotograph Company. Postcards featuring individual Giants players from this series are also known. The New York Giants were champions of the National League in 1904, but despite a previous agreement between the two leagues, the Giants refused to meet the American League champion Boston Pilgrims in the World Series. In a statement issued by Giants owner John T. Brush, and supported by John McGraw, he disparages the American League by saying the Giants “are entitled to the honor of champions of the United States without being called upon to contend with or recognize clubs from minor leagues.” This is an extremely rare postcard. The card (5.25 x 3.25 inches) has never been mailed and displays light soiling as well as some creasing in the extreme upper right corner. In Very Good condition. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$400. SOLD FOR $705.00
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