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1908 New York Giants Panoramic Postcard
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $823
An extraordinary vista of a game in progress at the Polo Grounds is featured here in this rare fold-over panoramic postcard from 1908. The printed caption in the lower right reads "Polo Ground (New York)/A game between New York & Chicago./Attendance 38,000." The photographer's credit, "Copyright 1908 D. Silberer & Bros. N.Y.," appears to the left of the caption. Given the size of the crowd, this game is almost certainly one of the four games played between the Giants and Cubs from September 22nd through September 24th. The Cubs entered that series trailing the Giants by two games, but quickly evened things up by sweeping a doubleheader on September 22nd. The third game of the series, on September 23, is the now legendary "Merkle's Boner" game that ultimately ended in a tie. The Giants won the last game of the series, but "Merkle's Boner" eventually came back to haunt the Giants after the two clubs finished tied at the end of the season. Forced to make up the tie game against the Cubs on October 8th at the Polo Grounds, the Giants lost both the game and the pennant following their 4-2 defeat. In our May 2010 auction, REA sold a different panoramic postcard, also produced by D. Silberer & Bros., that was clearly identified as that famous October 8th make-up game between the two clubs (it was titled "The Greatest Ball Game Ever Played"). The fact that this postcard does not bear a similar title, nor does it make note of "Merkle's Boner," leads us to believe it captures the action from either the September 22 doubleheader, or the September 24th game. Regardless of the exact game depicted, it is an exceptional image in all respects, exhibiting outstanding clarity throughout. The postcard (11 x 3.5 inches, unfolded) is not addressed, but it does bear two pencil notations on the address line reading "Polo Grounds 1908" and "25.00." This postcard is in spectacular Excellent condition, which is all the more remarkable considering its large-format fold-out design. From the Ron Menchine Collection. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $823
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