1910 Shibe Park Real-Photo Postcard

Sold For: $705

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1209

Item Year: 1910

Category: The Jerry Smolin Collection

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This rare baseball postcard, dating from 1910, features a stunning real-photo image of Philadelphia's Shibe Park on the front. The photographer taking this shot was obviously well versed in his craft, as he shot the stadium at an angle that pictures the front gate and each side of the edifice, thereby fully capturing the size and grandeur of Philadelphia's legendary baseball palace. Shibe Park, which was the first concrete and steel stadium in the Major Leagues, opened in 1909 and was home to the Philadelphia A's from 1909 through 1954, and also the Philadelphia Phillies from 1938 through 1970. Since the postcard bears a 1910 postmark on the reverse, the photo featured here represents one of the earliest images of Shibe Park and was probably taken shortly after its construction. This is an exceedingly rare baseball postcard of great potential significance to Philadelphia baseball fans and the first example we have seen. The postcard (5.5 x 3.5 inches), which has been mailed and features a handwritten message on the reverse, is in Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $100. Estimate $200+. SOLD FOR $705

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