1911 Cap Anson Large-Format Studio Photo

Sold For: $240

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1573

Item Year: 1911

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Large-format studio photograph capturing Cap Anson in 1911. The oval image pictures Anson, seated, in formal attire as he gazes pensively at the camera. An embossed "Roe" credit stamp appears in the lower left corner. An additional credit, reading "Roe/N. Y. 11," is handwritten in pencil in the lower right corner. Anson was in serious financial difficulty at the time of this photo. All of his business ventures following his retirement from baseball ended in failure and in 1910 he was forced to declare bankruptcy. In 1913 he lost his home and had to move in with his daughter and son-in-law. His final days were spent performing on stage with his daughters, but the earnings were meager and he died basically penniless in 1922. The photo (11 x 14 inches) displays a tiny chip in the lower right corner and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.

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