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1921-1931 Team Photo Collection (6)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $588
This collection of vintage original press photos, culled from The Detroit News archives, is comprised of six different team photos spanning the years 1921 through 1931. Each of the photos displays a number of minor flaws common to nearly all working press photos, such as minor border tears, light creasing, tack holes, editorial shading, etc., and is in overall Very Good to Excellent condition. 1) 1921 Pittsburgh Pirates. Twenty-five team members are pictured in their road uniforms posing together in front of the grandstand, including Rabbit Maranville and Max Carey. Although the venue is not specified, the local is the Polo Grounds in New York, which is easily identified by the design of the facade on the mezzanine level. There is a solid layer of paper residue on the reverse, but most of the original "Underwood & Underwood" credit stamp remains legible below, as does the date stamp reading "Aug 27 1921." An additional date stamp ("Dec 4 1925") and period editorial notations appear atop the layer of paper residue. Even without the 1921 date stamp this photo could be definitively pinpointed to that year because the uniform style shown here was only worn by the Pirates in 1921 (according to the Baseball Hall of Fame uniform database). 8.75 x 6.75 inches. 2) 1922 National League Champion New York Giants. Thirty-one team members are pictured in uniform posing together at the Polo Grounds, including manager John McGraw (street clothes), Casey Stengel, Ross Youngs, Frankie Frisch, George Kelly, Dave Bancroft, Hughie Jennings, Irish Meusel, Art Nehf, and Heinie Groh. Reverse markings consist of a "Wide World Photos" credit stamp (type used by the syndicate during the 1920s), and an "Oct 9 1922" date stamp (the day after the final game of the World Series). The original paper news caption, dated "9-26-22," remains affixed to the reverse (folds over the front of the photo) and reads in part "The New York 'Giants,' winners of the 1922 National League pennant, photographed at the Polo Grounds to-day." There is a 6 x 4-inch area of light toning on the front resulting from the photo having been stored all these years with the news caption folded frontward. 10 x 8 inches. 3) 1924 National League Champion New York Giants. Twenty-four team members are pictured in uniform posing together at the Polo Grounds, including Bill Terry, George Kelly, Hack Wilson, Freddie Lindstrom, Travis Jackson, Ross Youngs, Frankie Frisch, Hughie Jennings (coach), and Heinie Groh. Reverse markings consist of a "Pacific & Atlantic" credit stamp (type used by the syndicate between the years 1921 and 1928), and an "Oct 18 1924" date stamp. The original paper news caption, dated "9-30-24," remains affixed to the reverse. 11 x 7 inches. 4) 1925 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates. Thirty team members are pictured in their home uniforms posing together in front of the grandstand at Forbes Field, including manager Bill McKechnie, Kiki Cuyler, Pie Traynor, Max Carey, Fred Clarke (coach), Lee Meadows, Ray Kremer, and Babe Adams. Also pictured in the photo are team owner Barney Dreyfuss and his son Samuel Dreyfuss (treasurer). Reverse markings consist of a "Pacific & Atlantic" credit stamp (type used by the company in the 1920s) and a "Sep 28 1925" date stamp. Together with the original paper news caption (detached from the back), dated "9-25-25," that bears the headline "First Picture of Pittsburgh Pirates Since They Won 1925 League Pennant." 11 x 7 inches. 5) 1927 National League Champion Pittsburgh Pirates. Thirty-one team members, plus owner Barney Dreyfuss and his son S. W. Dreyfuss, are pictured posing together in front of the grandstand at Forbes Field, including manager Donie Bush, Paul Waner, Lloyd Waner, Pie Traynor, Kiki Cuyler, Joe Cronin, Carmen Hill, Joe Harris, and Joe Kremer. The team and all of the players are identified on the attached paper news caption, which also reads "National League Champions Who Will Play New York Americans in World Series." Both an "Underwood & Underwood" credit stamp and an "Oct 10 1927" date stamp appear on the reverse (the 1927 World Series ended on October 8th). 10 x 8 inches. 6) 1931 American League Champion Philadelphia Athletics. Twenty-nine team members are pictured in their home uniforms posing together in front of the grandstand at Shibe Park, including manager Connie Mack (street clothes), Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Cochrane, Lefty Grove, Al Simmons, Waite Hoyt, Eddie Collins (coach), Rube Walberg, Mule Haas and Bing Miller. Reverse markings consist of an "Acme Newspictures" credit stamp (type used by the company in the 1930's) and an "Oct 13 1931" date stamp. The original paper news caption, dated "9-22-31," remains affixed to the reverse and reads in part "The Philadelphia Athletics, American League Champions, who will defend their world championship title against the St. Louis Cardinals are seen in a group picture taken at Shibe Park." 11 x 7 inches. Total: 6 photos. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.
SOLD FOR $588
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