1912 Boston Red Sox World Champions Large-Format Team Cabinet Photo

Sold For: $600

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1842

Item Year: 1912

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Dating from one of the greatest seasons in Boston Red Sox team history, this rare cabinet photo captures the eventual World Champions posing together during spring training in Hot Springs, Arkansas. All of the players are pictured in uniform (with many wearing their team sweater) as they pose in front of a local bath house. Each player is identified in white print along the base by means of a corresponding number next to his image. Included among the twenty-nine team members pictured here are Tris Speaker, Joe Wood, player/manager Jake Stahl, Eddie Cicotte, Duffy Lewis, Larry Gardner, Heinie Wagner, Bill Carrigan, Steve Yerkes, Buck O'Brien, Hugh Bedient, Olaf Henriksen, and Charley Hall. The caption along the base reads "Boston-Players-At-Hot Springs Ark." The photographer's credit, "Arlington Photo," appears in the lower right. This is only the second example of this particular 1912 Boston Red Sox team cabinet we have ever seen, and it comes with the unique provenance of having been consigned directly by Olaf Henriksen's granddaughter. (The fact that so few examples are known probably indicates that they were produced only for team members.) The Red Sox won a franchise-record 105 games in 1912 and then defeated the New York Giants in the World Series to cement their reputation as one of the greatest teams of all time. The World Series victory also launched the club's 1912-1918 dynasty, which saw Red Sox win four World Series during that seven-year span. Both the photo (9 x 7 inches) and mount (slightly larger, with irregular tears and chips) display condition flaws, including a large chip in the upper-left corner, moderate creases, and small tears. While technically in Fair condition, the player images are largely unaffected by most of the problems and the photo exhibits fine clarity. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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