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1910 Baseball Fan with Sixteen Player Images Including Lajoie, Chance, Clarke, etc.
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $830
Classic 1910-era baseball fan in exceptionally high-grade. The design of the fan features a colorful image of a woman wearing a hat, above which are sepia portraits of sixteen top players or managers in the game, one from each of the sixteen Major League clubs. The American League players, pictured on the left side, are Germany Schaefer (Washington), Bobby Wallace (St. Louis), Billy Sullivan (Chicago), Hal Chase (New York), George Moriarty (Detroit), Harry Lord (Boston), Harry Davis (Philadelphia), and Nap Lajoie (Cleveland). The National League contingent, pictured on the right, consists of Mickey Doolan (Philadelphia), Clark Griffith (Cincinnati), Dahlen (Brooklyn), Bill Sweeney (Boston), Frank Chance (Chicago), Art Devlin (New York), Fred Clarke (Pittsburgh), and Roger Bresnahan (St. Louis). The design of the fan includes two blank score sheets, so that one could score the game and cool off at the same time. "Copyright 1910 by F. A. Schneider" is printed along the bottom border. Baseball-themed fans were very popular in the 1910 era. Most were produced as promotional giveaways for various businesses and they usually display the name of the issuing merchant on the reverse. This fan has a blank back, which, combined with the fact that the fan does not have its wooden stick (nor is there any indication of one having been removed), leads us to believe that this is salesman's sample. If so, this would also explain why the piece remains in Near Mint condition, displaying just modest handling wear. A wooden handle from another vintage fan could easily be added for display if desired. Approximately 10 x 9.25 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $830
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