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1915 Federal League News-Service Poster (Ex-Halper)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $353
Rare Federal League photographic print capturing a very striking image of the pre-game ceremonies at the league's opening-day game between Buffalo and Brooklyn on April 10, 1915, in Brooklyn. The large-format poster, issued by Ed. V. Price & Co's News Service, pictures members of both clubs carrying a large American Flag across the outfield. An Underwood & Underwood credit stamp appears in the lower left corner of the photo. The caption below the photo reads: "Brookfeds Beat Buffeds in Opener/Brooklyn===The Federal League season opened here with Buffalo on the short end of a 13=to=9 swat=fest. Before the game, both teams, assisted by a band, participated in very elaborate opening ceremonies. The photo shows the rival teams marching across the field." Advertising for Ed. V. Price & Co., a prominent Chicago tailoring firm, appears at the bottom of the poster. The Federal League was formed in 1914 as a Major League rival to the American and National Leagues. Despite its success in signing many of the game's top stars, the League only lasted two seasons, thus making any and all materials relating to the Federal League exceedingly rare. This news-service poster is no exception and represents the only example of this particular piece we have ever seen. In addition to its rarity, the poster also comes with the provenance of having once resided in the famed Barry Halper Collection. (In 1999 this piece appeared as Lot 481 in the historic sale of Halper's collection, where it sold for $1,092; the original Sotheby's auction sticker remains affixed to the front of the glass.) The poster (14 x 16.5 inches) displays a number of very light creases (most of which can only be seen when viewed at certain angles) which do not detract in the least from its overall Excellent appearance. Mounted (probably by means of adhesive) and framed to total dimensions of 17 x 19 inches. Disclosure per section 13 of REA's terms and conditions: This lot has been consigned from the personal collection of an executive or employee of Robert Edward Auctions (or a relative of an executive or employee). Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $353
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