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Early 1900s Baseball Accordion Postcard Collection (5)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,528
1) 1907 New York Giants "Base Ball Mail Card." The front of the postcard pictures fans milling about on the field at the Polo Grounds. The cover flips open to reveal a five-panel section, folded accordion style, featuring photographs of New York Giants players on each side. The front side of one panel is dedicated solely to Giants manager John McGraw, while the other panels each picture individual photos of two team members, including McGraw/Mathewson, McGinnity/Taylor, Ferguson/Bresnahan, and Dahlen/Devlin. A total of eighteen different players are pictured. The interior front cover displays the National League schedule for 1907. The postcard (5.5 x 3.5 inches) displays two tears on the front. The most significant is the loss of nearly the entire right border that featured the printed caption for the stadium scene depicted. The second is a loss of surface paper in the lower right corner that touches upon the stadium photo. All of the interior photo panels remain in Near Mint condition. Never addressed or mailed. 2) 1908 Boston Red Sox Accordion Postcard. The postcard (5.5 x 3.5 inches) features three small photos on the front of John Taylor, Hugh McBreen and the Boston American League Grounds, respectively. To the left of the portraits is a circular die-cut baseball that reads "Boston Americans Red Sox." The die-cut baseball flips open to reveal twenty small individual photos (stacked accordion style) of the Boston Red Sox team members. Included among the players pictured are Cy Young, Ed Cicotte and Jake Stahl. The accordion photo panel at one time became detached between the anchor photo and the second photo in the series (Cy Young, peripheral tears and creases to his photo) and was repaired by means of clear tape that has resulted in the folded photos now being displayed at an angle. Addressed and mailed; postmarked 1908. Gd/Vg. 3-4) Two 1908 Chicago White Sox "Our Home Team" fold-out postcards. These "Our Home Team" postcards, published by H. E. Smith of St. Louis, Missouri, are part of a well-known set of highly prized novelty team postcards, all of which feature player photos displayed in an "accordian-style" fold-out format. The cover opens to reveal a seven-panel section (each 2 x 2.25 inches) with photographs of one or two White Sox players on each side. Each player is identified, including Hall of Famer Ed Walsh, Fielder Jones, Jess Tannehill/Patsy Dougherty, Nick Altrock, and George Davis. An eighth panel displays the team name and year ("Chicago White Sox/American League/1908") on one side, and the home schedule for the White Sox on the other side. On the first example (brown cover) the photo panel is completely detached, but all of the panels are present. Never mailed or addressed. Without regard to the photo panel detachment, the postcard is in Very Good to Excellent condition. The second example (green cover) features a written notation on the front. The reverse has been addressed and includes a brief message, as intended. Never mailed. In Very Good condition. 5) 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates team panoramic postcard. While not an accordian-style postcard in the classic sense, this trifold postcard opens up to reveal a team panorama of the 1909 World Champion Pirates. All of the players are identified in print on their respective image, including Honus Wagner, Fred Clarke, Vic Willis, Deacon Phillippe, and Babe Adams. Published by The R. W. Johnston Studios of Pittsburgh. The postcard (5 x 3.25 inches, folded; 14 x 3.25 inches unfolded) has been addressed and mailed (postmarked 1910). In Excellent condition overall, with a few tiny tears along the edges of the folds. Total: 5 postcards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $1,528
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