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George Grebenstein 1907 Dartmouth Baseball Uniform and Two circa 1907 York Beach Baseball Uniforms with Related Photos and Documentation
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $6,463
All of the items featured in this lot, which include three complete circa 1907 baseball uniforms, photos, tickets, programs, etc., originate directly from the family of George Grebenstein, a former All-American at Dartmouth College (class of 1907). Grebenstein was a four-year starter on Dartmouth's basketball team, who, in 1906, led the club to a 16-2 record and a National Championship while earning All-American honors. He was also a member of the Dartmouth baseball team for three seasons. Following graduation, Grebenstein continued both his baseball and basketball careers at the professional level. Beginning in the summer of 1907 he served as captain of the York Beach baseball team, a "D" level minor-league club playing in the Maine State League. (1907 was the first year of professional baseball in the state of Maine.) This collection is comprised of Grebenstein's complete 1907 Dartmouth baseball uniform, two circa 1907 York Beach baseball uniforms, and a number of complementary pieces that would be perfect for display with the uniforms, including period photos of Grebenstein and/or other players wearing either the exact or same style uniforms offered here. It should be noted that baseball uniforms from this era are scarce, especially those from prominent college teams or verifiable minor league clubs that can be conclusively attributed to a specific player, and which are also accompanied by additional items in support of their provenance. (A large collection of Grebenstein's Dartmouth and professional basketball jerseys is offered elsewhere in this auction.) 1) 1907 Dartmouth baseball uniform worn by George Grebenstein. The gray flannel jersey is lettered "Dartmouth" across the front in faded green felt letters. A "Spalding" tag appears in the collar. The name "Greb" is written in black ink along the interior button panel. Together with a matching pair of gray flannel pants (manufacturer's tag removed), a vintage brown-leather belt, and two pairs of green and white stirrup socks. Both the jersey and pants are completely original, with no alterations, and display heavy wear, including light stains and a few small tears (the pants are heavily soiled). Accompanying the uniform is a large group of period Dartmouth baseball items, including an original photo (1.75 x 4.75 inches) of Grebenstein wearing this very uniform (perfect photo match), ten other photos (same size as Grebenstein's) picturing different Dartmouth players in uniform, a 1907 Dartmouth baseball broadside (vs. S. Royalton; thin paper stock; 11 x 17 inches [unfolded]), two identical 1907 Dartmouth baseball scorecards (listing Grebenstein in the preprinted lineup for Dartmouth [5.25 x 8.5 inches]), a 1904 Dartmouth season baseball ticket (5 x 3.25 inches), what appears to be a handwritten letter from Grebenstein to his brother in 1904 with Dartmouth baseball content (the letter is signed "Burt," which might have been a nickname he used or a name his brother called him), and a few vintage newspaper clippings of games. All of the items are in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. 2-3) Two similar-style circa 1907 York Beach baseball uniforms (jersey and pants) worn by George Grebenstein. Each of the cream-colored flannel jerseys is lettered "York Beach" across the front. On one the lettering is appliquéd in green felt, while on the other it is appliquéd in brown felt. Although similar in style, these are clearly two different uniforms that appear to be produced by two different manufacturers. The "green felt " uniform bears no manufacturing tags in either the jersey or pants, while the "brown felt" uniform features a "Charles H. Dudley Sporting Goods" (New Hampshire) tag in both the jersey and pants. The name "Greb" is written in black ink on the interior button panel of the "green felt" jersey. Because the color scheme and manufacturer are different, logic dictates that these uniforms are from two different years. Since we know Grebenstein was the captain of the Maine club for only a few years, beginning in 1907, and all of the other material found in the Grebenstein collection dates from that time period, we believe these uniforms are from the years 1907 and 1908, respectively (which uniform is from which year is not known). Both uniforms are completely original, with no alterations, and display heavy wear throughout. The "green felt" jersey displays numerous stains throughout, and both it and the matching pants display a few tears as well. The "brown felt" jersey displays moderate staining, while the matching pants are heavily soiled. Included with the uniforms is a vintage photo album (7 x 5 inches; Gd-Vg) bearing Grebenstein's name and the years 1907-1908 written on the interior cover. Housed within are numerous real-photo postcards, including ten that capture York Beach players on the field either during a game or in pre-game warmups (the names of the players pictured have been written in ink on the front of most of them). Ideally, on a few of them one can clearly see the name "York Beach" lettered across the front of some of the jerseys. Total: 3 uniforms, plus numerous items of supporting documentation and provenance. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $6,463
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