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1909 Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club Composite
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,185.00
1909 was a banner year for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Not only did the club christen its new stadium, Forbes Field, but it also captured the first World Championship in franchise history. Just prior to the club's 1909 World Series appearance, the Pittsburg Press commemorated the club's pennant-winning season by issuing this colorful supplement featuring portrait images of twenty-five team members. Included here are Honus Wagner, Fred Clarke, Vic Willis, Deacon Phillipe, Tommy Leach, Babe Adams, Howie Camnitz, and team owner Barney Dreyfuss. As noted in the credits, all of the portrait images are the work of famed Boston photographer Carl Horner. Ideally, the Wagner portrait image on this piece is the same one that was used for his legendary T206 tobacco card issued that same year. The multicolored caption reads "Pennant Winners/Pittsburg BB Club/National League/1909." All of the portraits feature preprinted numbers on them, with the numbers corresponding to an identification panel along the base. The supplement (20 x 11.5 inches) displays a few tears, some of which appear to have been repaired, the most noticeable of which affect the portrait of Robert Byrne in the upper right corner. A few handwritten player identifications are evident in the lower right corner for Wilson, Abbaticchio, and Hyatt. In Very Good condition overall. It should be noted that this fragile supplement is rarely found without serious flaws, including major tears, staining, and toning. This example remains a highly attractive display piece commemorating what was perhaps the most memorable season in Pirates history. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 29 x 21 inches. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,185.00
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