Rare 1912 New York Giants vs Boston Red Sox World Series Panoramic Postcard

Sold For: $2,160

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1851

Item Year: 1912

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Spectacular panoramic postcard capturing the action from the first game of the 1912 World Series between the New York Giants and Boston Red Sox at the Polo Grounds. This postcard is notable both by its rarity (we have seen only two other examples) and its immense size. Measuring a colossal 27 x 5 inches, it is easily one of the largest panoramic postcards we have ever encountered, dwarfing most other panoramic postcards from the era, which normally measure 16 x 3 inches. If framed, most collectors would probably mistake this piece for an actual panoramic photograph rather than a postcard. The photo, taken from the perspective of the center field bleachers, encompasses the entire playing field and grandstand, most of the bleachers, and much of the outlying area, including Coogan's Bluff, where hundreds of fans can be seen watching the game. The photographer's credit, "1912 Globe Novelty Co., Detroit, Mich," appears in the lower-right corner. The white-letter caption printed along the base reads "Opening Game of World Series at Polo Grounds N. Y. between Giants and Red Sox." The image here is exceptional with regard to clarity. All of the players are clearly visible, including center fielder Fred Snodgrass, who's famed "muff" in the final game helped give Boston the Series victory. Adding to the charm of the piece is that many of the outfield signs and advertisements are easily readable, including the Bull Durham sign in right field. Boston defeated the Giants in eight games (one game ended in a tie) in what is regarded by many as one of the most exciting and eventful World Series ever played. Except for a one-sided 11-4 victory by the Giants in Game 7, all of the games were closely contested, with four of the games decided by one run. The final game was decided in extra innings, when the Red Sox rallied for two runs in the bottom of the tenth against Christy Mathewson to take home the championship. The postcard, which has never been mailed, displays only a few extremely light surface wrinkles from having been rolled (as noted by the manufacturer's text on the reverse, the piece could be mailed rolled) and remains in extraordinary Excellent to Mint condition (Near Mint to Mint in its overall appearance). This is easily the finest example of this great rarity we have ever encountered and one that would make for a spectacular wall display if framed. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+.

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