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Early 1900s Chicago Cubs and White Sox Real-Photo Postcard Collection (3)
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,880
Collection of three extraordinary early 1900s real-photo postcards originating from "The Windy City," each a tremendous postcard rarity we have never before seen or offered: 1) Circa 1905 postcard picturing a spectacular game-in-progress scene at the Cubs' West End Grounds. Taken from the vantage point of the center-field bleachers, the photo encompasses nearly the entire field and grandstand, not to mention the outlying buildings. The printing along the top reads "Cubs vs. New York Nat. League Ball Park Chicago." Produced by "A. J. Schumann," as noted in print on the reverse. The card (5.5 x 3.5 inches) has not been inscribed on the reverse or mailed. A few small pencil notations are written on the reverse and the card displays light surface wear, including a very tiny abrasion in the center of the photo. Vg-Ex. 2) Circa 1905 postcard capturing the exterior of the Cubs' West End Grounds. Taken from a vantage point across the street, the photo reveals a portion of the letters that encircle the top of the stadium (only the words "National League" are visible; the entire sign read "Chicago National League Baseball Club") as well as fans meandering outside the ballpark. The printing along the base reads "Entrance to National League Ball Park Chicago." It is also interesting to note that this was a transitional stage in American transportation, as noted by the fact that both horse-drawn carriages and cars can be seen parked on the street. Produced by "A. J. Schumann," as noted in print on the reverse. The card (5.5 x 3.5 inches) has not been inscribed on the reverse or mailed. A few small pencil notations are written on the reverse and the card displays a few light creases, most of which can only be seen when viewed at certain angles. Vg-Ex (with Ex appearance). 3) Postcard capturing members of the Chicago White Sox en route to a spring-training game in 1913. The photo has tremendous contrast and pictures the team members, in uniform, as they pose sitting in their cars prior to leaving the hotel. The printed caption on the front reads "Chicago White Sox/second squad leaving training headquarters at Hotel Oakland for opening game at the new P. C. L. League grounds/Oakland. March 27, 1913." The card (5.5 x 3.5 inches) bears a beautifully scripted period ink inscription relating to Oakland Park on the reverse but has not been mailed. Ex. Total: 3 postcards. From the Ron Menchine Collection. Reserve $400. Estimate $800+. SOLD FOR $1,880
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