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Lot # 506 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1911 Addie Joss Day Postcard/Cabinet Photograph with Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, and Many Other Hall of Famers

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,555

Double-image photograph (5 3/8" x 3 3/8") capturing the Cleveland team pictured above their All Star rivals at the Addie Joss Benefit Game in 1911, including Joe Jackson, Cy Young, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker, Frank Baker, and Eddie Collins. The Joss Benefit Game, held on July 24, 1911, in Cleveland, was one of the most famous events of the dead-ball era. The game was held to raise money for the Addie Joss family, and to pay tribute to the great Cleveland pitcher, who unexpectedly died in his prime on April 14th of that year, as a result of severe complications related to meningitis. All regular season games were canceled to accommodate the scheduling of this historic benefit game, which would match the Cleveland Americans against a team comprised of the greatest All Stars of the American League, including such luminaries as Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Sam Crawford, Frank Baker, and Tris Speaker. Interestingly, Cobb forgot his Detroit uniform for the game, which is the reason he is pictured here wearing a Cleveland uniform .

The two images depicted here are identical to those in the larger panoramas presented to the players, and the printed notation on the photo reads "Naps Allstars. July 24-1911 Cleveland Ohio. Addie Joss Day." The photo has been affixed to a cabinet-like cardboard mount. The photographic image and notation are identical to the real-photo postcards that were produced to commemorate this benefit game, but because the back of the photo is concealed, it is impossible to say with certainty whether this is a real-photo postcard which has been professionally affixed to the mount (we think this is likely) or a blank-backed photograph or postcard on the cabinet-card mount (9 x 7 inches). In either case, it is an extraordinary piece! The real-photo postcard is extremely rare (fewer than ten examples are known) and is universally recognized as one of (if not the single most) desirable and historically significant postcards in the baseball collecting world. The fact that this photograph features the very same image (in two parts) in real-photo form as appears on the larger Addie Joss Day panoramic photographs presented to the players (fewer than ten of the larger panoramas are known, with some examples having sold at auction for more than $50,000) makes this an all the more intriguing item. The reverse of the cabinet mount has pencil notations which read "Benefit for Mrs. Joss, Joss Day, July 24, 1911, 1st All-Star Game." Near Mint condition.
Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $3,555

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