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1929 Philadelphia Athletics World Champions Complete Team-Signed Panorama
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,962.50
Spectacular team-signed panorama capturing twenty-eight members of the 1929 World Champion Philadelphia Athletics as they pose in front of the grandstand at Shibe Park. Each player has signed the photo in black fountain pen atop his respective image. The following players are represented: Eddie Collins, Wm. (Kid) Gleason, Walter French, Jimmy Dykes, Jimmie Cronin, Homer Summa, Max Bishop, Sam Hale, Bevo LeBourveau, Mickey Cochrane (stamped facsimile signature), Cy Perkins, Bill Breckinridge, Jimmie Foxx , Lawrence Moore (batboy), Connie Mack, Bing Miller, Al Simmons, Eddie Rommel, Rube Walberg, Lefty Grove, Howard Ehmke, George Earnshaw, Jack Quinn, George [Mule] Haas, Bill Shores, George Burns, Joe Boley, and Earle Mack. Signatures range from "6" to "9," averaging "8." The white-letter caption along the base reads "Philadelphia 'Athletics'/American League Pennant Winners - '1929'." The photographer's credit, "Copyright/by/J. Bodziak/Philadelphia, P.A./1929," appears in the lower right. The fact that the caption refers to the club as "Pennant Winners" and not World Champions indicates that it was produced shortly before the start of the 1929 World Series, in which the A's defeated the Chicago Cubs in five games. This piece comes with a special provenance, which is explicitly presented in the form of an inscribed business card stapled to the photo in the upper right corner. The business card, which pictures a white elephant in the upper left corner, bears the name of Philadelphia A's scout Jack Murphy. Above his name is the inscription "To Art Rohman/From," clearly indicating that this photo was a gift from Murphy to Rohman. While we can only surmise, it seems likely that the Art Rohman to whom this photo was given is the same Art Rohman who was the owner of Rohman's Bar and Hotel in Shohola, Pennsylvania. According to our research, the bar was the epicenter of the town's social scene and was also visited by many celebrities over the years, including Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, Charles Lindbergh, and even Smokey Joe Wood. It's possible that this photo may have even been displayed at the bar at one point. One thing that we do know for certain is that it was well cared for over the past eighty years. The photo (30 x 7.25 inches), which exhibits exceptional clarity, displays only a few extremely light surface wrinkles (only visible when viewed at certain angles) and is Near Mint in its overall appearance. This is an exceptional signed example of this classic panorama and one that also comes with the provenance of originating from one of the club's scouts. Framed to total dimensions of 31.75 x 8.5 inches. Full LOA from PSA/DNA and LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500++. SOLD FOR $2,962.50
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