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1914 Philadelphia Athletics Team Panorama
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $4,406.25
Original silver gelatin print panoramic photograph captures twenty-one members of the 1914 Philadelphia Athletics as they pose together, shoulder to shoulder, prior to their home opener. The day was obviously a chilly one, as each of the players is wearing his team jacket displaying the club’s “White Elephant” patch on the left breast. Although manager Connie Mack is not present, many of the club’s top players are, including Jimmy Collins, Frank Baker, Eddie Plank, and Chief Bender. The only identifying notation on the photo is found in the lower right hand corner and simply reads “Opening Day.” Despite the lack of any year listed, research indicates that the only season in which the A’s wore a white pinstripe home jersey in combination with a white pinstripe “pillbox” cap was in 1914. The A’s were the reigning World’s Champions at the time this photo was taken and the nucleus of that championship club remained intact for 1914. The A’s once again captured the pennant that season but were upset in the World Series by the legendary “Miracle Braves.” This is a striking museum-quality display piece and the only example of this rare photo that we have ever seen. The photograph (27.5 x 7.5 inches) exhibits extraordinary clarity and contrast, and is in Near Mint condition. Framed to total dimensions of 34.25 x 14.25. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $4,406.25
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