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1913-1914 World Tour Photo with Buck Weaver and Sam Crawford (PSA/DNA Type 1)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,962.50
While not as well known today as Spalding's legendary 1888-1889 World Tour, which was extensively covered in a number of early history works, the global navigation made by the New York Giants and Chicago White Sox in 1913-1914 was, by all accounts, equal to its predecessor in every way and much celebrated at the time. Offered here is an extremely rare photographic souvenir from that heralded 1913-1914 World Tour, taken in Egypt. The remarkable original photo (9 x 11.5 inches), which presents with extraordinary detail and clarity, captures twelve of the Tourists, plus the wives of two players, as they pose together in front of the Sphinx. A photographer for Pathe's Weekly is also pictured with the tourists as he stands next to his camera. All of the players are in their respective uniforms (seven White Sox, five Giants), with seven of the players also wearing their special tour jackets. The two most prominent players pictured here are Buck Weaver and Hall of Famer Sam Crawford (on the tour as a member of Chicago), but we also recognize Chief Meyers and Hans Lobert of the Giants, and Germany Schaefer, who was playing with the White Sox. The Tourists all appear to be having a grand time and four of the players have replaced their baseball caps with a fez, the traditional Egyptian headpiece of the time. One of the most famous baseball photos of all time pictures the 1888-1889 World Tourists posing on the Sphinx. This photo obviously pays homage to that earlier shot and is equally striking. According to our research, this photo was most likely taken on February 2, 1914 (the Tourists arrived by rail in Cairo on February 1, and departed on February 3). It was very likely created as a special keepsake for players. Any and all original souvenirs from the 1913-1914 World Tour are rare, especially photos. This is a very striking and dramatic image. The photograph, which is printed on heavy cardboard stock, displays minor edge wear and a few extremely light and unobtrusive surface blemishes. In Excellent condition overall. A few editorial pencil notations appear on the reverse. This is only the second photograph from that celebrated tour that we have ever offered, with the other example (slightly different in that it also pictured the Great Pyramid in the background) appearing as Lot 1237 in our May 2011 auction, where it sold for $6,463. Interestingly, that other example featured the same exact pencil notation on the reverse. This is an extremely rare, significant, and historic original display photograph from Egypt taken during the 1913-1914 World Tour, a journey for which there is little photographic documentation. Accompanied by an LOA from PSA/DNA certifying this as a "Type 1 Original Photograph." Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $2,962.50
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