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1911 New York Lincoln Giants Real Photo Postcard
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,610.00
Real photo postcard (3 ½" x 5 ½") of the New York Lincoln Giants from their inaugural season. The Lincoln Giants were one of early Negro League baseball's greatest and most legendary teams. This club is credited with a 108-12 record in 1911, winning the first of three straight eastern championships. "Copyright 1911 by C. Mason Photo, N.Y." in the lower left. This team was managed by Sol White (center), and includes HOFer John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, (.475 average in 1911), Dick "Cannonball" Redding, Spot Poles, Louis Santop, Grant "Home Run" Johnson, and Dan McClellan (who threw the first perfect game in black baseball history for the 1903 Cuban X Giants). Half of this roster came from two other noted early teams, the 1903-04 Cuban X Giants and the 1905-06 Philadelphia Giants. The postcard reverse has player identifications written neatly in ink. Various minor imperfections include some scattered pinpoint surface flaking and light creasing. This is an incredibly rare and significant postcard, with a haunting image of one of the Negro League baseball's most important early teams. Despite flaws, the postcard displays superb photo quality, and is very possibly unique. One of the best Negro League postcards in existence. Good condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,610.00
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