Lot # 71: 1906 New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Athletics at Columbia Park Real Photo Postcard

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Rare real-photo postcard capturing a Philadelphia Athletics game in progress against the New York Highlanders (Yankees) at Columbia Park in Philadelphia. The photo, taken from the perspective of the grandstand just to the right of home plate, captures the entire left portion of the field. The Athletics are in the field, and the Yankees have a runner heading to third with the batter having just hit a pitch. Columbia Park was home to the Athletics from 1901 to 1908. Encapsulated and certified as "Authentic" by SGC. Please note: The “circa 1910s” date SGC assigned to the card is based on the postmark (August 6, 1913) of when it was mailed. The photo on the postcard, however, was taken seven years earlier. As noted, the A’s left Columbia Park after the 1908 season and moved to Shibe Park. Based on the uniforms Highlander players are wearing, we can be certain the photo dates to the 1906 season. This opinion is based on the color/design combination of the jerseys, pants, stockings and caps the players are wearing. They wore the color combination shown in the photo only in 1906. (See Marc Okkonen's Baseball Uniforms of the 20th Century, Page 100.) Columbia Park was bordered by 29th Street, Columbia Avenue, 30th Street and Oxford Street in North Philadelphia. The homes shown beyond the left-field wall are along Columbia Avenue. (Rich Westcott has a photo of those homes on Page 23 of his book, Philadelphia’s Old Ballparks.) The photo contains many interesting features about Columbia Park. For example, unlike Shibe Park where the Athletics did not allow advertising hung on the outfield walls, it was permitted at Columbia Park. Regardless of its exact year of origin, it remains an outstanding and rare Athletics image dating from the earliest days in franchise history. The postcard (5-3/8 x 3-3/8 inches), which has been addressed and mailed, displays a heavy vertical crease extending down the center and scattered light spotting on the right portion. In Good condition overall. Reserve $200.

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