1908 "A Yard of the National Game" Chicago Cubs Panorama

Sold For: $2,700

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1526

Item Year: 1908

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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This impressive panoramic display, issued in honor of the Chicago Cubs' 1908 World Championship season, features a large photo of a game in progress, above which are displayed portrait images of twenty-two members of the 1908 Chicago Cubs. The portrait photos of manager Frank Chance, president Charles Murphy, secretary Charles Thomas, and treasurer Charles Williams are featured along the right and left borders of the photo. An illustration of an upright bear at either end completes the decorative motif. The large caption along the base reads "A Yard of the National Game," so named because the photo measures three feet in length. The central image, featuring a game in progress at West Side Park, was taken by photographer Robert Hall and many of the portrait photos are recognizable as those originating from the famed Horner Studio in Boston. While we cannot state with certainty, the central photo probably depicts a 1908 World Series game, especially given the overflow crowd seated in the outfield. Included among the portrait photos are the other two members of the club's legendary double-play trio, Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers, as well as Mordecai Brown, Orval Overall, Ed Reulbach, Frank Schulte, Pat Moran, John Pfeister, Harry Steinfeldt, Jim Slagle, Jim Sheckard, and Carl Lundgren. This display piece, issued by E. T. Johnson & Co. (publishers of the club's official scorecard), was obviously produced immediately after the 1908 World Series, as its fully captioned title along the base reads: "A Yard of the National Game/Home of the Record=Breaking Cubs/Thrice Champions of the National League 1906=1907=1908/1907=Champions of the World=1908." "Chicago Baseball Club, Champions National League 1907." A 1908 copyright date also appears below the central photo. This is one of several different "A Yard of the National Game" prints produced to honor the Cubs between the years 1907 and 1910, with each year's version featuring a similar design, but different photos and captions. The piece (43.5 x 13.75 inches) displays a number of tears along the top, left, and right borders, the most noticeable of which are clustered in the upper left corner. It appears that the piece has been professionally backed with rice paper in conservation of the tears. Light toning/soiling is also evident. Technically in Very Good condition, but closer to Excellent in its overall appearance. This is an extremely attractive and substantial display piece commemorating the Cubs' second consecutive World Championship. Framed to total dimensions of 47.5 x 18 inches (tiny crack in the glass in the lower right corner). The substantial size/weight of this item requires that there will be a shipping charge for this lot (which will vary depending upon where it is being shipped). The shipping charge will be billed separately from the auction invoice. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.


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