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1910 "A Yard of the National Game" Chicago Cubs Panorama
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,000
This rare and exceptional panoramic display, issued in 1910 in commemoration of the Chicago Cubs' recent pennant and World Championship seasons, features a large photo of a Cubs game in progress, above which are displayed portrait images of twenty-two members of the 1910 Chicago Cubs. The portrait photos of manager Frank Chance, treasurer Charles Williams, president Charles Murphy, and secretary Charles Thomas are featured along the right and left borders of the photo. An illustration of an upright bear at either end completes the decorative motif. The caption along the base reads "A Yard of the National Game/Home of the Record Breaking Cubs/Thrice Champions of the National League 1906-1907-1908/1907-Champions of the World-1908/Champions of Chicago." The photographer's credit, "Robt. H. Hall" appears directly below the photo.
Given the capacity crowd displayed at the park, the main image most likely depicts a World Series game from either 1907 or 1908. Also, many of the portrait images displayed along the top border are recognizable as those originating from the famed Horner Studio in Boston. Included among those twenty-two portraits are the other two members of the club's legendary double-play trio, Joe Tinker, and Johnny Evers, as well as Mordecai Brown, Orval Overall, Ed Reulbach, Frank Schulte, John Pfeister, Jimmy Archer, Johnny Kling, Heinie Zimmerman, Leonard Cole, Solly Hoffman, Harry Steinfeldt, Jim Sheckard, Lew Richie, and Fred Luderus. This display piece, issued by E. T. Johnson & Co. (publishers of the club's official scorecard), was obviously produced during the 1910 season, but prior to the World Series (the caption makes no mention of the club's 1910 pennant; the Cubs lost the 1910 World Series to the A's). This is one of several different "A Yard of the National Game" prints produced to honor the Cubs between the years 1907 and 1910, with each year's version featuring a similar design, but different photos and captions. The piece (44 x 13 inches) displays a few minor tears along the border areas, nearly all of which have been repaired. While technically in Very Good condition, all of the flaws are very unobtrusive and the piece has an extremely impressive Excellent to Mint overall appearance (the print has not been examined out of frame). Matted and framed to total dimensions of 54 x 22 inches. The substantial size/weight of this item requires that there will be a shipping charge for this lot (which will vary depending upon where it is being shipped). The shipping charge will be billed separately from the auction invoice.
Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $3,000
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