Lot # 161: 1905 Rotograph Co. New York Giants Team Composite Postcard

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 9 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2018",
which ran from 4/13/2018 12:00 PM to
5/6/2018 12:00 PM

Real-photo team composite postcard, produced by The Rotograph Company of New York, capturing sixteen members of the 1904 National League Champion New York Giants. Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. (This is the only example ever graded by PSA.) Manager John McGraw, in formal attire, is featured prominently in the center, surrounded by bust-length images of fifteen uniformed players, including Hall of Famers Roger Bresnahan and Joe McGinnity. The preprinted notation “New York Nationals Champions 1904” appears below McGraw’s image. The photographer’s credit appears in the lower right corner. Produced by noted Boston photographer Carl Horner, as noted by his credit stamp in the lower right corner. The reverse displays a traditional postcard back, including a credit line for The Rotograph Co., New York. Postcards featuring individual Giants players from this series are also known. The New York Giants were champions of the National League in 1904, but despite a previous agreement between the two leagues, the Giants refused to meet the American League champion Boston Pilgrims in the World Series. In a statement issued by Giants owner John T. Brush, and supported by John McGraw, he disparages the American League by saying the Giants “are entitled to the honor of champions of the United States without being called upon to contend with or recognize clubs from minor leagues.” This is an extremely rare postcard. The card (5.25 x 3.25 inches), which is not addressed or mailed, displays a moderate vertical crease in the large white border to the left, and toning on the reverse. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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