Lot # 100: Circa 1907 Baltimore Baseball Club Postcard Commemorating Championship Teams of 1894, 1895, and 1896

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Graded VG 3 by SGC (submitted by REA). Scarce postcard issued in circa 1907 to commemorate the 1894, 1895, and 1896 World Champion Baltimore Orioles. The postcard features a formal studio photograph of sixteen team members posing together in uniform, including manager Ned Hanlon, John McGraw, Wilbert Robinson, Hughie Jennings, Joe Kelley, Arlie Pond, and Steve Brodie. The caption above the image (when held horizontal as intended) reads "Welcome - Baltimore Base Ball Club - Champions 1894- ’95- ’96." The city of Baltimore enjoyed a rich baseball history and had hosted a Major League club every year beginning in 1883. In 1903; however, American League president Ban Johnson transferred the Orioles to New York, leaving baseball fans despondent over the loss. In 1907 it appears the Baltimore faithful still harbored fond memories of their former World Champion Baltimore Orioles, choosing to honor them once again on this attractive postcard. This postcard, which is seldom found, is the first example we have handled and just the second we have seen. Baltimore captured its third consecutive National League pennant in 1896 and then continued its success in the postseason by sweeping the Cleveland Spiders four games to none in the Temple Cup. (The Temple Cup matched the National League's first and second place finishers in a best-of-seven postseason series to determine the World Champions.) The postcard (5.5 x 3.5 inches) has not been addressed or mailed. Honest corner wear accounts for the assigned grade. This is a scarce and attractive postcard commemorating one of the most legendary World Championship clubs of the nineteenth century.  Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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