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1905 Eastern League Composite Display Photograph
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,057.50
Similar in style to the famed 1903 American League composite display photograph by Carl Horner, this extraordinary photographic composite, produced by the Weasner Photography Studio of Buffalo, N.Y., pictures the managers and players from the eight teams comprising the 1905 Eastern League: Baltimore, Rochester Buffalo, Newark, Jersey City, Toronto, Montreal and Providence. Among the managers pictured in the center of the display are Hughie Jennings for Baltimore, George Stallings (who later managed the 1914 “Miracle Braves”) for Buffalo, and Jack Dunn (who later signed Babe Ruth to his first professional contract) for eventual league champion Providence. A total of 120 different player images are displayed, including many players who had been in the Major Leagues in prior years and were just winding down their careers, and many others who went on to the Major Leagues in future years. Many players in this composite appeared in the T206 tobacco card set. The Eastern League began play in 1892 and remained in existence under that name until 1912, whereupon it became known as the International League. During an era of few Major League teams, the minor league circuits represented the top level of organized baseball for many areas of the country. The Eastern League was one of the most prestigious minor league organizations on the East Coast and was at one time presided over by Ed Barrow. This is an extremely substantial and impressive display piece, produced at great cost no doubt, and one that truly reflects the lofty status of the Eastern League at the time. The contrast is flawless. The display (16.75 x 13.5 inches) is affixed to its original cardboard mount. The cardboard mount has been neatly trimmed to nearly the exact dimensions of the photograph (not affecting the photo). Aside from a small 1-inch hole in the lower right (affecting one of the player images), the photograph is in Excellent to Mint condition. This is the only example of this rare composite we have ever seen. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,057.50
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