Unique 1906 Chicago Cubs Imperial Team Cabinet Photo

Sold For: $1,080

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1809

Item Year: 1906

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Rare imperial cabinet photo capturing the 1906 National League Champion Chicago Cubs posing together on field in their home white uniforms. Twenty team members are pictured here, including Hall of Famers Frank Chance, Johnny Evers, Joe Tinker, and Mordecai Brown. The 1906 Cubs, who won a then-record 116 games in 1906, would probably have gone down in the annals of baseball history as the greatest team of all time had they not been upset in the World Series by their crosstown rivals, the Chicago White Sox. This is the only example of this particular 1906 Cubs team photo we have ever seen, and the fact that it is a large-format imperial cabinet only adds to its desirability. It should be noted that although no year is listed, the photo can be conclusively dated based upon the uniform style shown, which was worn by the Cubs only in 1906. Unfortunately, we do not know which Chicago photographer to thank for this outstanding image because no credit stamp appears on either the photo or mount. (The only other two team photos of the 1906 Cubs we have seen were taken, respectively, by George Lawrence and Fred Wagner.) The photo (10 x 7.5 inches), which displays outstanding clarity, has a few minor surface blemishes that do not significantly detract from its overall Excellent to Mint appearance. The mount (13 x 10 inches) displays toning, edge and corner wear, and a few light stains. This is both a unique and significant turn-of-the-century baseball photo capturing one of the most celebrated teams of the dead-ball era. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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