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Helmar Large-Format "1910" Team Display Complete Set (14)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,920
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Collection of fourteen different large-format Helmar "1910" team displays, each featuring portrait images of nineteen team members set against the background of the respective club's home ballpark. These high-quality display pieces may be the most extraordinary of all Helmar issues! It is easy to see how Helmar quickly sold out of these team displays. (And these were not cheap! Released in 2013, the original issue price was approximately $200 per team display.) According to Helmar, the series took well over a year to conceive and produce, and production was limited to just twenty examples of each team.
Among the many Hall of Fame and star players featured in this collection are Honus Wagner, Joe Jackson, Cy Young, Addie Joss, Nap Lajoie, Vic Willis, Fred Clarke, Walter Johnson, Jack Chesbro, Duffy Lewis, Harry Hooper, Joe Wood, Eddie Cicotte, Tris Speaker, Willie Keeler, Hal Chase, John McGraw, Christie Mathewson, Fred Merkle, Roger Bresnahan, Miller Huggins, Frank Baker, Eddie Plank, Eddie Collins, Chief Bender, Zack Wheat, Ed Walsh, Chick Gandil, Johnny Evers, Frank Chance, Joe Tinker, Mordecai Brown, Ty Cobb, and Sam Crawford. It should be noted the Helmar has taken some liberties with the rosters for each club. Not all of the players pictured on each piece were on the 1910 roster; however, they did play for the respective club at some point in their career.
This is the most impressive Helmar issue we have ever seen, in part because of its size and remarkable display value. These pieces should not be confused with the smaller cabinet-card size Helmar team issues, which are nearly identical in design. Each display offered here measures an impressive 22 x 18 inches and has more in common with a retail display piece. In fact, when matted and framed, each of these would be perfectly suited for wall display in either home or office. The design of each piece begins with illustrated portrait images of nineteen players on a heavy board that, in turn, has been covered with a second illustrated board picturing the respective club's home ballpark or field. However, the top board features nineteen corresponding oval cutouts that frame the portraits below, giving the piece an attractive two-dimensional quality. Adding to the attractive design is a reverse that features a Helmar beer advertisement (with Christy Mathewson's portrait on the beer bottle) and each team's home schedule for 1910. For an added touch, the result of each team's game is noted in a faux handwritten notation next to the date. These are easily the most beautiful card-related display pieces ever produced by Helmar and simply have to be seen in person to be truly appreciated. Each of these pieces was limited in number to only twenty, and each bears a special limitation number on the reverse. (All of the pieces offered here are marked "5/20," with the exception of Pittsburgh, which is marked "7/20.")
The fourteen teams represented here are the New York Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Superbas, Chicago Cubs, Boston Doves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, New York Highlanders, Washington Senators, Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, and Cleveland Naps. Like all of the Helmar issues, these cards were intentionally produced with a distressed look, with most having rounded corners and rubbed edges. Near Mint condition overall. Total: 14 large-format team displays. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.
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