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Lot # 1418 (1418 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1912 New York Giants Real-Photo Postcard with Mathewson - Wearing Special 1911 World Series Uniforms!

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,800

Rare real-photo postcard picturing the New York Giants posing together with a minor league or semipro team during spring training in 1912 (a few of the players' jerseys are lettered "Miami" on the front; palm trees and the ocean can be seen in the background). Twelve uniformed members of the Giants are pictured here, most important of whom is Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson (seated fourth from the right). Adding to the significance of this piece is the fact the Giants are wearing solid-black uniforms featuring the club's "NY" insignia on the left sleeve. Those uniforms were specially made for use during the 1911 World Series against the Philadelphia Athletics and were exclusive to the Series. They were not worn during the 1912 regular season or any season afterwards. However, as seen here, McGraw did get some extra use out of them during spring training in 1912. In addition to its rarity (we have never seen another example), this postcard has a very noteworthy and unique provenance: It was just recently discovered by our consignor in a trunk containing some belongings of his grandfather, Ralph Van Landingham. The reason his grandfather had this postcard, which has been stored untouched for approximately the past seventy years, is because he was one of the members of the team posing with the Giants and is pictured standing second from the left! In his accompanying letter of provenance, our consignor notes that his grandfather had to give up his promising baseball career after contracting tuberculosis a few years after this photo was taken. The record shows that Ralph Van Landingham did play a few years of minor-league ball, from 1912 to 1914, including two seasons with the Valdosta Millionaires of the Georgia State League. The Giants won the pennant again in 1912 but lost the World Series to the Red Sox in eight games (one game ended in a tie). This is an outstanding newly discovered New York Giants real-photo postcard dating from that memorable 1912 season and one that is almost certainly new to the hobby. The postcard (5.5 x 3.5 inches), which is neither addressed nor mailed, displays a single pinhole along the top and is otherwise in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,800

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