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1935 Pittsburgh Pirates Team-Signed Panorama
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,066.50
Enormous team panoramic photo (38 x 6.5 inches) of the 1935 Pittsburgh Pirates, signed in blue fountain pen by twenty-nine of the thirty-four team members pictured. The photo pictures the club posing together shoulder-to-shoulder on the field during spring training in San Bernardino, California. Each player pictured is identified in print along the base by means of a corresponding number on his respective image. The team identification, year, location, and photographer's name ("C. N. Jackson") are printed in the lower right corner. The twenty-nine signatures featured here, all of which appear on the respective player's image, are those of Babe Herman, Cookie Lavagetto, Tommy Thevenow, Doc Ferguson (team trainer), Bill Hinchman (coach/scout), Cy Blanton, Earl Grace, Ralph Birkofer, Woody Jensen, Jack Salveson, Tom Padden, Mace Brown, Guy Bush, Bill Brubaker, Bill Swift, Hal Smith, Jim Weaver, Lloyd Johnson (failed to make the roster in 1935), Wayne Osborne, Earle Browne, Pie Traynor (player/manager), Elmer Trapp, Waite Hoyt, Aubrey Epps, Paul Waner, Jewel Ens (coach), Red Lucas, Lloyd Waner, and Pep Young. The photograph has also been signed, either along the top or left border, by Gus Suhr (he is not pictured), Charles J. Doyle (a Pittsburgh sportswriter), and one other (illegible). Signatures range from "6" to "9," averaging "7." The five players pictured who have not signed the piece are Honus Wagner, Arky Vaughan, Malcolm DeWeese, Frank Parenti, and William Benswanger (team president; his young son, serving as the team's mascot/batboy, is pictured as well). While we do not know why some of those individuals failed to sign this piece, we do know why DeWeese's signature is missing: this panorama belonged to him. DeWeese, a catcher, never appeared in a Major League game, but luckily he managed to stick around the Pirates training camp long enough in 1935 to be included in this attractive photo. This piece has been consigned by a member of the DeWeese family and has never before been offered for sale, either publicly or privately. As the story goes, the family discovered the photo in the DeWeese's attic decades later and, as a surprise, had it matted and framed for him as a special father's day gift in 1986. The photo displays a few light creases, nearly all of which can only be seen when viewed at certain angles, and is otherwise in apparent Excellent condition. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 40.75 x 8.75 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,066.50
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