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1924 Washington Senators World Champions Team-Signed Photo
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $8,225
Extraordinary large-format photo of the 1924 World Champion Washington Senators signed in black fountain pen by all twenty-six team members pictured. Each player has signed the photo atop his respective image, with all of the signatures contrasting exceptionally well against the light background of the uniform. The twenty-six signatures adorning this piece are those of Walter Johnson, Bucky Harris, Goose Goslin, Sam Rice, Tom Zachary, Pinky Hargrave, Joe Martina, Joe Judge, Earl McNeely, Al Schacht, Ralph Miller, Mule Shirley, Ossie Bluege, Allan Russell, Muddy Ruel, Ben Tate, Nick Altrock, Mike Martin (trainer or equipment manager; not in uniform), Nemo Leibold, Roger Peckinpaugh, Curly Ogden, George Mogridge, Firpo Marberry, Tommy Taylor, Paul Zahniser, and By Speece. Signatures range in grade from "8" to "10," averaging "9." The caption "Washington Base Ball Team - World's Champions 1924 -Autographed by Players" is neatly painted in white along the top border. The photo credit, "Washington Photo Service," appears in the lower right corner, as does the name "J. Bittner" written in blue ink. The photo (19.75 x 11.75 inches) has a large white border that has been decorated with individual red and blue painted lines that outline the edges of the photographic image (16.5 x 9.75 inches). Given the size of this piece, the hand embellishments, and the fact that it is beautifully signed by the entire team almost certainly indicates that it was a special presentation piece, probably given to either the players and/or top ranking team officials, possibly even to a number of important politicians. Whatever the occasion of its origin, it is exceedingly rare. Not only have we never seen another signed example, we cannot even recall having ever seen the photo. 1924 marked the only season in franchise history that the Senators won the World Series, making this an especially significant historical piece commemorating the club's one and only World Championship. The large-format photograph displays a few small, light creases, nearly all of which are quite unobtrusive and do not detract in the least from its overall Excellent appearance (all the more so due to its large size). The piece remains housed in what appears to be its original wood frame measuring 21.75 x 13.75 inches. From the Ron Menchine Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $8,225
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