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Circa 1910 "All-Star" Caricature Baseball Fan with Cobb, Mathewson, and Wagner
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,000
Rare 1910 "All-Star" souvenir baseball fan, dating from circa 1910, featuring sixteen of the top players from the era, plus two umpires. This is one of the rarest and most desirable of all baseball fans! The design of the fan, which is captioned "All Stars" along the base, features two blank scorecards set against the backdrop of an illustrated baseball diamond. Pictured around the diamond, either fielding, throwing, batting, or running, are caricature images of the following players: Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Nap Lajoie, Roger Bresnahan, Eddie Collins, Tris Speaker, Johnny Evers, Bobby Wallace, Hal Chase, Peaches Graham, Mike Mitchell, Nap Rucker, Harry Lord, and Sherry Magee. The two umpires pictured are Thomas Connolly and Jim Johnstone. Each player image is composed of an actual portrait photo set upon an illustrated body. All of the individuals are identified in print (last name only) on the brim of their caps. Baseball fans have long been prized by collectors for their exceptional graphics and tremendous display value. Unfortunately, their fragile nature and intended use have also contributed to their scarcity today. Most fans were offered as promotional advertising giveaways to customers, with advertising for the retailer normally printed on the reverse. The offered fan is blank-backed, indicating it was probably sold as a souvenir or issued to female patrons at the stadium. This is the first example of this rare fan that we have offered, and the only other one we can recall seeing at auction appeared in the legendary 1991 Copeland sale. The fan (approximately 10 x 9.5 inches, attached to a 5.5-inch wooden stick), which is printed on cardboard stock, displays minor wear, including a small crease at the very top, and very light, scattered toning on the scorecards. Vestiges of a former written notation on the reverse, since erased, is still visible, but is no longer legible. In Excellent condition overall and perfect for display. SOLD FOR $3,000
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