Lot # 2042: Circa 1910 Baseball Fan with Sixteen Hall of Famers Including Wagner, Cobb, and Mathewson!

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 46 (Bid History)

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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

This extraordinary circa 1910 baseball fan features portrait images of thirty-five star players, including the following sixteen Hall of Famers: Wagner, Cobb, Mathewson, Johnson, Speaker, Walsh, Evers, Marquard, Baker, Collins, Wallace, Lajoie, Griffith, Chance, Clarke, and Bresnahan. Other stars include Germany Schaffer, Hal Chase, Art Devlin, Nap Rucker, Johnny Kling, Chief Meyers, Dick Hoblitzell, and "Smoky Joe" Wood. All of the players are identified in printed white lettering atop their caps (some of the names are misspelled). This is not only an extremely rare baseball fan (it is only the fourth example we have ever offered), but one that is notable for the number of players featured. The few other baseball fans from the era that feature player images picture only a small number of players, usually half the number seen here. This one pictures just about every top player from that time period, making it one of the most attractive and desirable examples in the hobby. The copyright notice of "F. A. Schnieder" appears in tiny print along the border. These fans were usually distributed free by local merchants as promotional giveaways and this example is no exception. The reverse features printed advertising for the "Senate Cafe," located in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The fan, which is complete with its original wooden handle, displays tears to the images of Germany Schaffer and Roger Bresnahan, which includes surface paper loss to the back of Schaffer's image. Other minor flaws include light creasing, edge wear, and light staining (mainly visible only on the reverse). In Good condition overall, but it displays at a much higher level than that suggested by its technically accurate grade.  Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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