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Early 1900s Baseball Stadium Real-Photo Postcard Collection (17)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $2,350
Collection of seventeen real-photo postcards (twelve different) dating from the early 1900s, the theme of which is baseball-stadium settings. Included here are game-in-progress scenes, pregame warmup images, and even a number of photos picturing fans at the game. Five of the cards here are duplicates. Interestingly two of the cards, which are duplicates in that they picture the same exact photographic image of a bleacher scene, are labeled with different preprinted text. One of the cards describes the scene as "Polo Grounds, New York," while the other labels it as "The 'Bleachers' Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pa." All but three of the postcards have been inscribed on the reverse and mailed. Nearly all of the postmarks date between the years 1910 and 1920. One of the cards, featuring an identified real-photo image of Joe Wood taking batting practice on the field as a member of Washington, may not be a postcard as it has no postcard design on reveres; this card has a piece of clear tape along the right border of the front and both glue and paper residue on the reverse from having once been mounted in an album; otherwise the cards (5.25 x 3.5 inches) range from Vg to Ex, averaging Vg-Ex. This is a very interesting and unusual group. Total: 17 postcards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $2,350
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