1913 Original Silver Gelatin Photo of Connie Mack and Eddie Plank at the Gettysburg Battlefield

Sold For: $360

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1845

Item Year: 1913

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Original silver gelatin photo capturing Eddie Plank, Connie Mack, and three other gentleman posing together while seated in an automobile at the Gettysburg battlefield in 1913. The printing along the base notes the date and also identifies each of the gentlemen in the car: "2191 Nov. 5th 1913 Connie Mack, Eddie Plank, W. Jones, H. Holtzworth, G. Ebeyhayt." An A's championship pennant hangs over the front door, while another pennant, reading "Oakland," hangs from a pole mounted on the front of the car (Oakland was the manufacturer of the car; the Oakland Motor Car Company was later purchased by GM and renamed Pontiac.) Plank, who was nicknamed "Gettysburg Ed," was born, raised, and died in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This photo is one in a series we have seen taken that day, all of which picture the same five gentleman posing together in the car at different sites on the battlefield. The site pictured here is Little Round Top and the monument seen behind them is dedicated to the 44th New York Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division. (The monument, which is still standing, is the largest regimental monument on the battlefield.) Just four weeks prior to this photo, Plank bested Christy Mathewson 3-1 in the fifth and deciding game of the World Series, which gave the A's their third World Championship in four years. The photo (8.5 x 6.5 inches) displays a few minor surface marks, which do not distract in the least from its apparent Excellent to Mint appearance. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 16 x 13 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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