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1909 Forbes Field Opening Day Panoramic Postcard
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,410
Magnificent large-format real-photo panoramic postcard capturing the dedication of Forbes Field on June 30, 1909. Taken from the perspective of the center-field bleachers, the photo pictures the entire field, grandstand, and outlying areas. Both the Pittsburgh Pirates and their opponents that day, the Chicago Cubs, can be clearly seen gathered in center field as they take part in the official ceremony. The printing along the bottom margin reads "Dedication of Forbes Field, Pittsburg vs. Chicago, June 30, 1909, World's Greatest Base Ball Field. Copyright 1909, W. F. Schaffer, 403 Federal St., N. S. Pittsburg, PA Score 3-2 Chicago." Over 30,000 fans turned out for the opening game at Forbes Field, but as noted here, the Pirates were unable to christen their new park with a victory, losing the game 3-2 to the Cubs. Forbes Field was one of the great architectural and engineering marvels of its day, and one of baseball's first great stadiums. Built at a cost of $2 million and constructed out of steel and concrete, the stadium included a number of "novel" features, such as electric lights, telephones, and even maids in the ladies room. Forbes Field and Shibe Park, which also opened in 1909, were the only stadiums at the time with a visitors' dressing room. Forbes Field remained home to the Pirates until 1970 and was torn down one year later. This rare postcard features a photo exceptional in all respects and one that is especially noteworthy for its remarkable clarity. The postcard (10.75 x 3.5 inches) displays a light vertical crease near the left border, as well as a few other very small surface wrinkles (most of which can only be seen when viewed at certain angles). A small black ink line (.5 inches) is visible in the lower right corner. The postcard has never been folded, addressed, or mailed. In Very Good condition, but minimally Excellent with regard to its overall appearance. From the Ron Menchine Collection. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $1,410
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