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1911 Detroit Tigers Team Panorama with Cobb
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,440
Panoramic photo capturing twenty-one members of the 1911 Detroit Tigers, including Ty Cobb, manager Hughie Jennings, and Sam Crawford. The players, all of whom are identified in print below their respective image, are pictured standing shoulder to shoulder in front of the dugout at Boston's Huntington Avenue Grounds, with various articles of clothing and equipment visible on the ground behind them. As is commonly seen in panoramic photos of the period, pitcher George Mullin has taken advantage of the long exposure time needed to produce such an image and is pictured twice, standing both on the far left and right of the line. The white-letter caption along the base reads "Detroit American League Team - 1911." Produced by the "Falk Photo Co. Boston," as noted in the lower right. Cobb was in the midst of the best all-around season of his career in 1911. The fabled "Georgia Peach" batted a career-high .420 that year, and also recorded career-high totals in RBI (127), hits (248), runs (147), doubles (47), triples (24), and slugging percentage (.621). The photo (29 x 7.5 inches), which displays outstanding clarity, has a number of obvious condition flaws, including numerous areas of paper loss along the borders, staining, tears (one of which extends through the images of both Mullin and Jim Delahanty at the far right, and another affecting the image of Oscar Stanage), and a few tack holes at the edges. In Poor to Fair condition overall, but fortunately most of the problems are relegated to the border areas and can most likely be addressed by professional restoration. This is still an attractive display piece, with most of the player images largely unaffected by the aforementioned condition problems, and an extreme rarity that would be a welcome addition to any early baseball panorama collection. SOLD FOR $1,440
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