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Circa 1910 Charles Ebbets Signed Cabinet Photo
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,666
Extraordinarily rare signed cabinet photo of Charles Ebbets (1859-1925), former owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The formal studio photograph captures a nattily attired Ebbets in a bust-length pose. The photographer's credit, Gardner & Co. of Brooklyn, New York, appears in the lower right corner of the mount. Ebbets has flawlessly inscribed the piece in black fountain pen (grading "10") along the base of the mount "Sincerely Yours/Charles H. Ebbets." This is the first Charles Ebbets signed photo we have ever offered and we can only recall having seen one other at auction (also a Gardner cabinet photo, which sold for $2,375 in 2006). Ebbets, who was an architect by trade, began his career with the Dodgers in 1883 as a bookkeeper and assistant for owner Charles Byrne. Over the years he worked his way up the ladder, eventually purchasing more and more shares in the company until he finally achieved majority ownership in 1907. In addition to leading the Dodgers to two pennants under his ownership (1916 and 1920), and being an extremely influential owner (Ebbets is even credited with inventing the concept of the "raincheck"), perhaps his greatest lasting fame was in the building of the stadium in 1912 that bore his name: Ebbets Field, which was home to the Brooklyn Dodgers for forty-six seasons. Both the photo (3.75 x 5.5 inches) and mount (6 x 8 inches) remain in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,666
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