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1929 Philadelphia Athletics World Champions Complete Team-Signed Panorama
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $1,880.00
This unique 1929 Philadelphia Athletics team-signed display piece features a spectacular panoramic photo of the club that has been signed in vintage fountain pen by eighteen team members including Foxx, Grove, Simmons and Cochrane. Ideally, our consignor then obtained cut signatures of the nine players who did not originally sign the piece (a few of which are quite scarce) and matted them around the photo to complete this extraordinary framed display. The panorama captures twenty-seven members of the 1929 World Champion Philadelphia A's as they pose shoulder to shoulder in front of the grand stand at Shibe Park. Each player is identified in white lettering below his respective image. The caption along the right top border reads "Philadelphia 'Athletics' - American League Pennant Winners - 1929." The photographer's credit stamp, "Copyright by J. Bodziak, Philadelphia, P.A. - 1929," appears in the lower right. The players who have signed the photograph (each directly upon his respective image) are: Kid Gleason, Walt French, Jimmy Dykes, Jimmie Cronin, Max Bishop, Bevo LeBourveau, Mickey Cochrane, Cy Perkins, Bill Breckenbridge, Jimmie Foxx, Bing Miller, Al Simmons, Rube Walberg, Lefty Grove, Jack Quinn, Mule Haas, George Burns, and Joe Boley. The cut signatures matted around the photo are those of Howard Ehmke, Eddie Collins, Connie Mack, Homer Summa, Earle Mack, Eddie Rommel, George Burns, Bill Shores, George Earnshaw, and Sam Hale. The reason that a cut signature of George Burns was included, even though he signed the photo, is due to the fact that a dark area of discoloration has partially obscured both his image and signature. All of the photo signatures have been scripted in blue fountain pen (averaging "9") with the exception of Boley (black fountain pen). The cut signatures have been penned in a variety of inks ("averaging "9") with the exception of Summa (pencil, "7"). The photo displays a vertical tear (border to border, separation but no significant paper loss) touching upon Boley's image. Aside from the tear (which is quite unobtrusive) and the aforementioned area of discoloration on Burns' image the photo is otherwise Near Mint in appearance, offering exceptional clarity and contrast. The photo has not been examined out of frame and it is possible that the piece may exhibit a few minor border flaws as well, as evidenced by the irregular matting pattern. The 1929 Philadelphia Athletics are considered by many to be the greatest team ever assembled and this remarkable display is easily one of the most impressive signed pieces we have ever encountered relating to that legendary club. The photo measures 30 x 7 inches and has been matted and framed together with the cut signatures to total dimensions of 37 x 19 inches. Please Note: Due to the size and/or weight of this lot, shipping costs (depending on where it is sent and its method of shipping) may be substantial. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $1,880.00
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