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Lot # 1560 (of 1560)   < Previous Lot |

1909 Rochester Eastern League Team-Composite Display Photograph and Postcards (3)

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $588

Please Note: This lot appears in the online catalog only. It does not appear in the printed catalog.

Extremely rare team-composite display cabinet photograph (7.75 x 10 inches) picturing seventeen members of the 1909 Eastern League Champion Rochester Bronchos. This magnificent display photograph has an additional significance to card collectors in that the portrait images featured here were also used on the 1909 D380-1 Clement Bros. Bread cards, which is one of the rarest of all bakery or regional baseball-card issues. A near-complete set of seven (out of eight) 1909 D380-1 Clement Bros. Bread cards appears as Lot 159 in this auction. The display cabinet photograph is naturally a perfect companion piece for the cards. (All of the items in this lot, as well as those in Lot 159, Lot 160, and Lot 1172, originate from the same consignor, a lifelong collector who lives in Rochester, New York, and who has specialized in collecting Rochester-related baseball cards and memorabilia for the past three decades.) Each player is pictured in uniform and identified in print (last name only) below his respective image, including all eight players featured in the 1909 D380-1 Clement Bros. Bread card set: Anderson, Batch, Butler, Holly, Holmes, McConnell, Osborn, and Pattee. Also included are manager, and former Major Leaguer, J. H. Ganzel and team president C. T. Chapin. The photographer's credit, "H. C. Weasner - Phot'gr - Buffalo, N. Y.," appears in print along the base of the photo. This Eastern League photographic display piece is one of a small number of different Eastern League team displays that we have seen dating from the early 1900s, all of which were produced by the H. C. Weasner photography studio. The extraordinary photographic quality of these pieces, coupled with their exceptional composition and extreme rarity, suggest that they were most likely produced for special presentation to team members only. Accompanying the photographic display are two rare real-photo postcards picturing the exact same composite image (each with slight variations in design). The Rochester Bronchos enjoyed a tremendous turnaround in 1909, as the team captured its first of three consecutive pennants after finishing in last place the year before. Manager Ganzel, who was also the starting first baseman, was one of the top hitters on the club, finishing the year with a .305 average. Hack Simmons led the league in home runs (8), while Cy Barger was the top pitcher in the league, finishing the year with a 23-13 record. The composite display photograph (measuring 11 x 13.5 inches including the cabinet card mount), is in Near Mint condition. The photograph has flawless clarity and contrast. The piece is housed in in what appears to be its original wood frame, which measures 14.25 x 16.25 inches. The postcards (each 3.5 x 5.5 inches) have never been mailed. One is slightly darker in tone than the other and also displays a few small areas of staining on the reverse; otherwise both cards are in Excellent to Mint condition. Total: 3 items (photographic display and two postcards). Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $588

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