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1913/1914 World Tour Photo with Buck Weaver and Sam Crawford
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $6,463
While not as well known today as Spalding's legendary 1888/1889 World Tour, which was extensively covered in a number of early history works, the global navigation made by the New York Giants and Chicago White Sox in 1913/1914 was, by all accounts, equal to its predecessor in every way and much celebrated at the time. Offered here is an extremely rare photographic souvenir from that heralded 1913/1914 World Tour taken in Egypt. The remarkable photo (11.5 x 9 inches), which presents with extraordinary detail and clarity, captures nine of the Tourists, plus the wives of two players, as they pose together in front of the Sphinx and Great Pyramid. All of the players are in their respective uniforms (five White Sox, four Giants), with six of the players also wearing their special tour jackets. The two most prominent players pictured here are Buck Weaver and Hall of Famer Sam Crawford (on the tour as a member of Chicago), but we also recognize both Chief Meyers and Hans Lobert of the Giants. The Tourists all appear to be having a grand time, especially Meyers and Lobert, who are seen holding their cameras. Five other players have replaced their baseball caps with a fez, the traditional Egyptian headpiece of the time. One of the most famous baseball photos of all time pictures the 1888/1889 World Tourists posing on the Sphinx. This photo obviously pays homage to that earlier shot and is, in many ways, rendered even more striking by its use of both the Sphinx and Great Pyramid as the backdrop. According to our research, this photo was most likely taken on February 2, 1914 (the Tourists arrived by rail in Cairo on February 1, and departed on February 3). It was very likely created as a special keepsake for players. Any and all original souvenirs from the 1913/1914 World Tour are rare, especially photos. This is a very striking and dramatic image. The original photograph, which is printed on heavy cardboard stock, has an approximate 1.5-inch corner chip in the lower right, a small hole affecting the body of the Sphinx, a few scratches, and minor edge wear. However, it should be noted that the corner chip can be easily matted away (and in fact has been, as seen here in its frame) and the other flaws do not detract in the least from the flawless image or its otherwise overall Excellent appearance. This is an extremely rare, significant, and historic original display photograph from Egypt taken during the 1913/1914 World Tour, a journey for which there is little photographic documentation. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 15.25 x 12.25 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $6,463
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