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Lot # 123 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1904 New York Giants Team Composite Postcard

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $592.50

This real-photo team composite postcard, produced by "The U. S. Souvenir Post Card Co., N. Y." and featuring portrait images by noted Boston photographer Carl Horner, captures sixteen members of the 1904 National League Champion New York Giants. Manager John McGraw, in formal attire, is featured prominently in the center, surrounded by bust-length images of fifteen uniformed players, including Roger Bresnahan. The preprinted notation “New York Nationals Champions 1904” appears below McGraw’s image. The photographer’s credit appears in the lower right corner. Traditional postcard back with credit line for The U. S. Souvenir Post Card Company. Postcards featuring individual Giants players from this series are also known. The New York Giants were champions of the National League in 1904, but despite a previous agreement between the two leagues, the Giants refused to meet the American League champion Boston Pilgrims in the World Series. In a statement issued by Giants owner John T. Brush, and supported by John McGraw, he disparages the American League by saying the Giants “are entitled to the honor of champions of the United States without being called upon to contend with or recognize clubs from minor leagues.” This is an extremely rare postcard. The card (5.25 x 3.25 inches) features a brief handwritten message on the front in the white border area (as intended). Addressed and mailed on the reverse (1908 postmark). The reverse is toned and displays what appears to be light adhesive residue along both the left and right borders. Graded POOR 10 by SGC. It should be noted that the low grade is primarily due to the writing and the fact that it has been mailed. Without regard to the inscription, the front displays beautifully as Excellent to Mint and the images present with exceptional clarity. This is a magnificent postally used (as intended!) example of this rare souvenir postcard commemorating the Giants 1904 Championship season. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $592.50


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