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1905 Philadelphia Athletics Team Yearbook

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $948

The 1905 Philadelphia Athletics yearbook, formally entitled The Athletics, Sketches By Charles Dryden, American League Champions, 1905, is one of the earliest of all team yearbooks. Its 46 pages feature a biography and full-page portrait artwork of each A's player, including Connie Mack, Eddie Plank, Rube Waddell, Chief Bender, etc. Very few issued yearbooks predate the 1940s. The few that were issued were special one-time publications, as opposed to the annual team yearbooks of the modern era. This is one of the rarest and earliest of all yearbooks, and was actually issued by a newspaper called The North American to honor the Athletics and to raise money for the players. The back cover reads "This souvenir is presented to the Athletics by the North American, the entire proceeds from its sale to be divided among the players." 6 x 9 inches. The yearbook covers shows some general light wear, including a light diagonal crease on the rear cover. The pages are generally clean and bright. In Excellent condition. The last example offered by REA appeared all the way back in May 2004 (Lot 484), selling for $1,035. This is one of the finest examples of this great rarity we have ever seen and one that would make an important and welcome addition to any advanced Athletics, yearbook, or general memorabilia collection. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $948


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