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1916 Boston Red Sox "Stag Brand Sweaters" Team Cabinet/Advertising Display Photo with Babe Ruth
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,525.00
Extraordinary cabinet card-style advertising display photograph with original decorative mount captures the 1916 World Champion Boston Red Sox in a classic team pose. Extremely rare, one of only several known examples. This item is remarkable both as an original photograph and as an advertising display issued to promote Stag Brand Sweaters. Technically this is both a large advertising card and a photographic cabinet card, as well as being an advertising item intended for display. This is a very unusual piece as it is a remarkable example of all three of these specialty areas of collecting. It is also an extraordinary early Red Sox and Babe Ruth item. Included in the mounted photograph are Hall of Famers Babe Ruth (seated in the center of the first row), Harry Hooper, and Herb Pennock. “Red Sox” is printed along the top border of the mount. The lower border is lettered “World Series – 1916,” below which is a listing of the players pictured. Advertising for “Stagg Brand Sweaters” appears in the upper right and left corners of the mount. It is fascinating to note that this identical image is featured in a Stagg Sweater advertisement on the back cover of the Red Sox’s 1916 World Series program. 1916 marked Babe Ruth’s second full season in the Major Leagues. He made his first career World Series start that fall and it was certainly a memorable one. Ruth set a record for most innings pitched in a single World Series game when he went the distance in a 2-1 fourteen-inning victory over the Brooklyn Robins in Game 2. The photograph has exceptional clarity; very close examination reveals several tiny areas of abrasions that appear to have been touched up long ago (this is barely noticeable, mentioned strictly for accuracy and in no way detracts from the display value). The mount appears to have possibly been very slightly trimmed along three borders to accommodate a frame (possibly made this way and issued framed) and the reverse has the back paper from its former framing attached; a small tack hole in the top border is barely detectable. All of the flaws are extremely minor and the the entire piece displays magnificently as Excellent. Photograph dimensions: 7 x 5 inches. Mount dimensions: 10.75 x 8.75 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,525.00
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