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Circa 1912 Original On-The-Field Spring Training Photograph Collection (21)
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $3,231.25
Fascinating and unique collection of twenty-one original vintage baseball photographs, dating from circa 1912, all of which appear to have been taken during spring training. Several players have been identified on the reverse, either in print or by handwritten notations; however, for most of the players so identified we cannot verify with certainty whether the identification is correct. The most intriguing photo of the group is one that bears the name “Mathewson” written on the reverse in pencil. While the player in question, who is pictured hitting fungoes to the infield, bears a strong resemblance to Mathewson, the angle of his face does not allow us to provide a positive identification. Nine of the photos bear an American Press Association stamp on the reverse, and of the nine, six also include the preprinted stamped name of the player(s) pictured. The six printed identifications are of “Henrichsen-Cin.,” "Schweiter-St. Louis,” "McQuillen-Cin.,” “Killefer-St. Louis,” “Zimmerman-Chicago Cubs,” and “Carey and McCarthy-Pittsburgh Baseball Club Training Camp.” The ten photos bearing handwritten identifications (all appear to be vintage notations) list the names “Mathewson” (previously mentioned), “Chief Bender” (appears correct), “Becker-Giants,” “Donovan” (appears to be Bill Donovan of the Tigers), “Channell” (New York Americans, two identical photos), “White-Pittsburgh” (the photo, however, depicts a Boston Red Sox player), “Lapp-Phil Ath.,” “Quintor” (dressed in a Phillies uniform, no regular season roster player by that name listed in the records), and “Northen-Cin.” Among the remaining five photos that bear no reverse identification, one appears to picture Frank Baker of the A’s. All twenty-one photographs are available for viewing on our website. Seventeen of the photos measure approximately 7 x 5 inches; the remaining four are slightly smaller (the smallest measures 3.5 x 5 inches). All of these photos appear to be working press photos and as such most display moderate handling faults including, but not limited to, tiny border tears and minor creases. In Good to Very Good condition overall. Total: 21 photos. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,231.25
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