Exceedingly rare team cabinet card commemorating the American League Champion Philadelphia Athletics. This is the only example of this attractive cabinet card we have seen and it may be the lone survivor. The design features a horseshoe upon which are displayed portrait images of 19 team members, all of whom are pictured in formal attire. Manager Connie Mack's portrait is prominently located at the top, and we can easily identify the portraits of Rube Waddell, Eddie Plank, and Chief Bender. Text along the base of the horseshoe reads "Pennant 1905," and below that "American League Champions." The name of the Philadelphia photographer, "MacIntire," appears both in the lower right corner of the photographic component and the base of the mount. While the elegant design of this piece is readily apparent, its appeal is further accentuated by its anachronistic nature. Team cabinet cards such as this were popular in the nineteenth century but were generally out of style by 1905. This particular cabinet was almost certainly specially commissioned and, most likely, produced in very limited numbers, perhaps just for team members. If so, it would explain its rarity today. Whatever the circumstances of its origin, it remains one of the most extraordinary pieces ever issued in commemoration of the the Athletics' 1905 pennant-winning season. The photographic component of the piece displays a very light abrasion in the upper right corner and near the base of the right border (the flaws, which look like fingerprints, might actually have been on the negative). The mount (4.25 x 6.5 inches) displays light corner wear. Encapsulated and graded VG/EX 50 by SGC, but easily Excellent to Mint in its overall appearance.
Reserve $1,500. Estimate (open).