Trio of Circa 1887 Detroit Wolverine Team Photos

Sold For: $705

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1388

Item Year: 1887

Category: The Golden Age of Baseball Photography

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Three vintage press photos, culled from The Detroit News archives, each depicting the Detroit Wolverines as they appeared in the late 1880s. Two are traditional team photos, shot in a formal studio setting, while the third is a photo of the cover of the 1887 Pennant Winners Triumphal March sheet music (featuring portrait images of fourteen team members). While these photos were produced in the late 1880s, they are all vintage press photos (one dates from 1904 per the stamp on reverse) that were housed in the newspaper's archives and used by the paper for decades to provide images of these important teams for publication. The Detroit Wolverines were one of the National League's top clubs during the late 1880s. In 1887 the team captured its first and only pennant in franchise history and then went on to defeat the American Association champion St. Louis Browns ten games to five in what is still the longest World Series ever played. This collection includes two photos of the 1887 World Champion Wolverines, and another that most likely dates from 1886. The 1887 photo pictures sixteen team members, while the composite (sheet music image) cover and circa 1886 photo feature fourteen members. Included in all of the photos are manager Bill Watkins, Ned Hanlon, Sam Thompson, Dan Brouthers, and Deacon White. Each photo bears editorial notations on the reverse and two photos (circa 1886 and sheet music) display a number of date stamps, the earliest of which is "August 5 1904" (on the circa 1886 photo). All of the photos (ranging in size from 8.25 x 6.25 to 7.25 x 9.5 inches) have a number of minor flaws common to nearly all working press photos, including light surface wrinkle, minor tears, and editorial outlining/shading on the front. The 1887 photo also displays a larger tear in the upper left corner that has been repaired with vintage brown tape on the reverse. Very Good condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $705

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