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1913 Barnum & Bailey "Famous Elephant Base-Ball Team" Circus Poster
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,770.00
Extremely rare Barnum & Bailey circus poster heralding the appearance of "Mooney's Giants-The Famous Elephant Base-Ball Team." The colorful half-sheet poster (30 x 20 inches) features an extraordinary illustration of the talented pachyderms playing baseball, complete with a fully equipped catcher and umpire. Copyright 1913 by the Strobridge Litho Company of Cincinnati and New York. This is one of the rarest of all circus posters, and also one of the most delightful, fun, and interesting baseball-related display pieces ever produced. Featuring exceptional graphics, this poster generates positive attention and a positive emotional reaction in an across-the-board manner that few display pieces of any kind (baseball-related or otherwise) can match. The only other example of this poster we have ever seen appeared as the cover lot in Robert Edward Auctions' June 1996 auction. That example was purchased by special request specifically for donation to the Hall of Fame, and is now on display in Cooperstown as part of the Hall of Fame's permanent collection. Since the 1996 auction, no other examples have surfaced. This is, in fact, only the second example of this poster we have ever seen at auction anywhere ever. The poster has been linen-backed and has benefitted from professional restoration. Both of those process have effectively addressed many of its minor flaws, so that the poster now presents an Excellent overall appearance. This is an outstanding display piece with a rare universal appeal. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $3,770.00
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