Lot # 2021: Extremely Rare 1902 Philadelphia Athletics Carl Horner Photographic Team Display with Eddie Plank, Connie Mack, and Rube Waddell

Starting Bid: $5,000.00

Bids: 13 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "REA Fall 2020",
which ran from 11/20/2020 12:00 PM to
12/6/2020 6:00 PM



Rare 1902 Philadelphia Athletics large-format photographic composite produced by Carl Horner, baseball's preeminent photographer of the era. By any measure, this is one of the premier photographic baseball displays of the early twentieth century, notable both for its size (29 x 24 inches) and exquisite design. Each player is pictured in uniform, with manager Connie Mack featured prominently in the center. The sixteen team members pictured here are as follows: Top row (L to R): Socks Seybold, Eddie Plank, Monte Cross, Bert Hustings, Topsy Hartsel, and Louis Castro. Second Row (L to R): Dave Fultz, Snake Wiltse, Connie Mack, Mike Powers, and Ossee Schreckengost. Bottom row (L to R): Danny Murphy, Rube Wadell, Lave Cross, Fred Mitchell, and Harry Davis. The caption reads "Philadelphia/American League/1902." Horner's credit appears in the lower right corner. Like a number of significant baseball pieces that have surfaced in the past twenty years, this piece was "discovered" on the popular PBS television series Antiques Roadshow when the program traveled to the Philadelphia area a number of years ago. It has never before been offered at public auction and is therefore new to the hobby. This is the first example of this particular Horner 1902 Philadelphia Athletics large-format team composite we have ever offered and we have seen only a few others, including one that once hung in "Nuf Ced" McGreevy's famed Boston sports bar and which now resides in the Boston Public Library. We know, from period publications, that these composite displays were offered for sale directly from Carl Horner Studios. However, they were extremely expensive, and their great rarity today is such that it seems certain they were produced in extremely limited numbers. That rarity notwithstanding, this piece is further distinguished by its remarkable state of preservation. The composite is toned and displays light staining, mainly along the border areas, and is otherwise in Excellent condition overall, with no tears or chips, which are common found in similar examples. The size/weight of this item requires that there will be an additional shipping charge for this lot. Opening Bid $5,000. Estimate $10,000+.

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