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1907 "A Yard of the National Game" Chicago Cubs Panoramic Display
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,527.50
Several different versions of magnificent, large-display prints entitled "A Yard of the Cubs" were issued during the Cubs' dynasty years. Presented is the rarest version, one that we have never seen before. This rare and impressive panoramic display, issued in commemoration of the Chicago Cubs 1907 National League Championship season, features a large photo of a game in progress surrounded by portrait images of twenty-one members of the 1907 Chicago Cubs. The large caption along the base reads "A Yard of the National Game," and the piece is so named due to the fact that it measures three feet in length. The central image, featuring a game in progress at West Side Park, was taken by noted Chicago sports photographer George Lawrence (as noted below the photo) and many of the portrait photos are recognizable as those originating from the famed Horner Studio in Boston. Included among the portrait photos are the three members of the team's legendary double-play trio, Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and manager Frank Chance, as well as Mordecai Brown, Orval Overall, Ed Reulbach, Frank Schulte, Pat Moran, John Pfeister, Harry Steinfeldt, Jim Slagle, Jim Sheckard, and Carl Lundgren. Also included are photos of three team officials: Charles Murphy (president), Charles Thomas (secretary), and Charles Williams (treasurer). This display piece, issued by E. T. Johnson & Co. (publishers of the club's official scorecard), was obviously produced just prior to the 1907 World Series, as it is captioned along the base, "Chicago Baseball Club, Champions National League 1907." The Cubs swept the Tigers in five games (one game ended in a tie) to capture their first World Championship of the modern era. The display is printed on thin paper stock and its extremely fragile nature has directly resulted in its rarity today. This particular piece (12.75 x 36 inches), as expected, displays a number of minor flaws related to its age and composition including two small areas of light discoloration, a few small tears (no paper loss), a few of which have been restored, and light toning. While technically in Good to Very Good condition, none of the condition anomalies significantly detracts from the piece's visual appeal and it displays as Excellent. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 51.5 x 27.5 inches. Please Note: Due to the size and/or weight of this lot, shipping costs (depending on where it is sent and its method of shipping) may be substantial. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,527.50
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