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1912 Boston Red Sox World Series Real-Photo Postcards (2)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,080
Outstanding pair of Boston Red Sox real-photo postcards, each dating to the club's 1912 World Championship season. The first is an extraordinary example picturing a game-in-progress scene at Fenway Park during the 1912 World Series. Taken from the vantage point of the grandstand just to the right of home plate, the photo encompasses nearly the entire field, most of the outfield bleachers, and many outlying buildings. Boston is clearly at bat and the photo shows a batter running towards first as the first baseman appears to be diving for the ball. A runner on first is making his way to second. The white printed lettering along the top border identifies this as "World Series 1912. 2nd Game"; however, a glance at the scoreboard on the left-field wall (which is known today as "The Green Monster") indicates that this photo is actually from Game 3. The scoreboard indicates that the Giants are ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning with one out. Boston managed to score one run in the ninth, but came up short in their bid to tie the game. The loss evened the Series at one game a piece (Game 2 ended in a tie). Interestingly, as seen here, "The Green Monster" was not originally green, but instead was blanketed by advertising, and the stands were in front of the wall. Boston eventually won the Series in eight games, giving the Red Sox their first of four World Championships during the decade. The postcard (5.5 x 3.5 inches) has a small stain along the white border on the right front (of no consequence but mentioned for the sake of accuracy) and a few hints of light surface wear. A message and address are written in pencil on the reverse. It has been postmarked "Oct 12, 1912," which was the date of Game 5 of the Series and two days after Game 3, indicating how quickly these postcards were produced at the time. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. The second postcard is an equally spectacular example, picturing a throng of Boston Red Sox fans awaiting the team's arrival at the train station. The white printed lettering along the base reads "Red Sox Fans at So. Sta. Sept 23 1912." Boston clinched the American League pennant on September 18th, while on the road in Cleveland. The team eventually concluded their twelve-game road trip on September 21st in Detroit and this photo captures the fans waiting to greet the club for the first time as champions of the American League. The postcard (5.5 x 3.5 inches) displays minor surface wear on the front and reverse, and is in Excellent condition overall. Total: 2 postcards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,080
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