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1922 Championship Chicago American Giants vs Kansas City Monarchs Panorama Photograph

Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $11,500.00

Absolutely stunning game-in-progress panoramic display photograph (9 x 32 inches) of 1922 Negro National League Championship series between Rube Foster's Chicago American Giants and the Kansas City Monarchs at Schorling Park in Chicago. Details of the game and the series are provided in the box in the lower left. "Rube Foster's American Giants crush the Kansas City Monarchs 5-4 in 10 innings with the great Rogan pitching." From 1920 to 1923, the top two teams of the Negro National League played a post-season Championship series. Rube Foster's Giants were the unofficial champions the first three years of the league 1920-22. The first official Negro League World Series didn't start until 1924. The panoramic features a large (4 ½" in height) inset portrait of Rube Foster, who is identified below his portrait as "Rube Foster, The Victor". The panoramic is titled in large white lettering along the bottom "Home of Rube Foster's American Giants." This is an absolutely incredible display photograph. Literally thousands of fans are dressed in their Sunday best, surrounding the perimeter of the playing field, with only their respect and desire to not disrupt the game (and a few patrolling police officers at the very edge of the outfield) keeping spectators from spilling over onto the playing field. It appears that every single person is wearing a hat. The players are in action, on the field. The detail of the photograph is simply astonishing. This is the only game-in-progress Negro League panoramic photo we have ever seen. The extraordinary quality, size, detail, significance of the game, and the design of the photographic display, combine to make this piece perhaps the ultimate Negro League panoramic photograph. One of the highlight pieces of the Jeff Eastland Collection, one of the most incredible photographic displays in existence relating to Negro League baseball, literally almost too good to be true, a worthy centerpiece to the finest museum quality collection of Negro League display pieces or early baseball photography. This is the only example known to exist. Beautifully framed and matted to dimensions of 17 ½ x 40 inches. Perfect contrast. Near Mint condition. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$20,000. SOLD FOR $11,500.00

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