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1912 New York Giants vs Boston Red Sox World Series Panoramic Postcard
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,528
Spectacular panoramic postcard capturing the action from the first game of the 1912 World Series between the New York Giants and Boston Red Sox at the Polo Grounds. This postcard is notable both for its rarity (we have never seen another example) and its immense size. Measuring a colossal 27 x 4.75 inches, it is easily one of the largest panoramic postcards we have ever encountered, dwarfing most other panoramic postcards from the era, which normally measure 16 x 3 inches. If framed, most collectors would probably mistake this piece for an actual panoramic photograph rather than a postcard. The photo, taken from the perspective of the center field bleachers, encompasses the entire playing field and grandstand, most of the bleachers, and much of the outlying area, including Coogan's Bluff, where hundreds of fans can be seen watching the game. The photographer's credit, "1912 Globe Novelty Co., Detroit, Mich," appears in the lower right corner. The white-letter caption printed along the base reads "Opening Game of World Series at Polo Grounds N. Y. between Giants and Red Sox." The image here is exceptional with regard to clarity. All of the players are clearly visible, including center fielder Fred Snodgrass, who's famed "muff" in the final game helped give Boston the Series victory. Adding to the charm of the piece is that many of the outfield signs and advertisements are easily readable, including the Bull Durham sign in right field. Boston defeated the Giants in eight games (one game ended in a tie) in what is regarded by many as one of the most exciting and eventful World Series ever played. Except for a one-sided 11-4 victory by the Giants in Game 7, all of the games were closely contested, with four of the games decided by one run. The final game was decided in extra innings, when the Red Sox rallied for two runs in the bottom of the tenth against Christy Mathewson to take home the championship. The postcard displays minor staining on the reverse, some of which is visible on the front along the right border, and minor edge wear. It has never been mailed and only a few stray pencil notations appear on the reverse. The postcard does not appear to have ever been folded, as no fold lines are readily apparent (this postcard has been stored flat, probably for decades). It is also interesting to note that because of its great size, the manufacturer has noted on the reverse that "This card can be rolled instead of folding for mailing." In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,528
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