1910 Large-Format Cabinet Photo with Rabbit Maranville

Sold For: $1,440

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1833

Item Year: 1910

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Cabinet photo picturing twelve members of the 1910 Springfield Blue Labels, including future Hall of Famer Rabbit Maranville, who is pictured seated on the ground in the center. This is one of, if not the earliest, photos of Maranville in a baseball uniform and it originates directly from a Maranville family member. Although no year is listed, close examination of the trophy cup in the center of the photo reveals a date of 1910. Maranville was 18 years old at the time and it is hard to believe that just two years later he would be a member of the Boston Braves. The Blue Labels were a semipro club from Springfield, Massachusetts, the town where Maranville grew up. It was while playing for the Blue Labels in 1911 that Maranville was spotted by Tommy Dowd, manager of the New Bedford Whalers of the New England League. Dowd was impressed by the diminutive shortstop and signed him to a Whalers contract for $125 a month. The following year the Boston Braves purchased Maranville's contract for $1,000, and he remained the major leagues for the next 23 seasons. The photo (9.5 x 7.25 inches) displays a few minor abrasions along the border areas, as well as a small number of tiny indentations along the base. In Excellent condition overall. The mount (14 x 11 inches) has a few light stains and moderate edge and corner wear, including small chips. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).


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