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1905 PC782 Rotograph Postcard John McGraw
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,400
Extremely rare PC782 Rotograph real-photo postcard of New York Giants Hall of Famer John McGraw. Designated PC782 in the American Card Catalog, the Rotograph postcard set is unusual and distinctive, and features New York players (either Giants or Highlanders). The Standard Catalog lists eight different players confirmed in the set but notes that the checklist may not be complete. Each postcard (3.25 x 5.25 inches) pictures the player in uniform posed in a formal studio setting. The player's name and team affiliation are printed along the base, as is the notation "Rotograph Series." The printing on the reverse further credits Rotograph, "The Rotograph Co., N.Y. City." The offered postcard of McGraw (identified as "Manager - J. J. McGraw" on front) is in extremely strong condition with a striking, crisp image, a flawless surface, and four strong corners. Free of any creases or wrinkles. Overall EX-MT appearance, but encapsulated POOR 10 by SGC due to a long, handwritten message on the postcard reverse, which is carried over neatly into the bottom margin on the front. The message, apparently intended for someone outside the United States, reads in full: "My dear Emily, This is the national game in the United States. Some of the players get very large salaries from five thousand dollars to ten thousand for the season, and that is only six months in the year. There are only two Canadian teams in the large leagues, Montreal & Toronto. They travel hundreds of miles from each city to play ball. Love, Sam." Written on the front is "Yours as ever, Sam." SGC has graded a total of only twenty-one examples (of any subject) from this scarce postcard series. This is a stunning real-photo postcard, ideally featuring Hall of Famer John McGraw, from the PC782 Rotograph series and would be a worthy addition to any Hall of Fame, postcard, or sample-card collection. SOLD FOR $2,400
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