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1901 Philadelphia Phillies Imperial Cabinet Photo with Ed Delahanty
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $9,600
Spectacular imperial cabinet photo capturing twenty-three members of the 1901 Philadelphia Phillies posing together in front of the dugout at Baker Bowl. Although no identifications are provided directly in the design of the photograph, in a 2012 Net54 discussion on this very image, Mark Fimoff, co-chairman of the SABR Pictorial History Research Committee, graciously provided the player identifications of the roster as follows: Top Row (L to R): Al Orth, unknown player, Doc White, Bert Conn, Joe Dolan, Jack Dunn, Red Donahue, unknown player, Monte Cross, Happy Townsend and unknown player. Middle Row: Klondike Douglass, Ed McFarland, Elmer Flick, Bill Shettsline, Fred Jacklitsch, Ed Delahanty and Bill Duggleby. Front Row: unknown player, Jimmy Slagle, Roy Thomas, and Harry Wolverton.
The most important player pictured here, of course, is future Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty. One of the greatest hitters of his era, Delahanty died under mysterious circumstances just two years later at the age of thirty-five when he either fell or jumped off a bridge in Buffalo, New York. As a result, photographic images of him are rare today. This is probably one of fewer than seven photos we have seen of Delahanty and just the second picturing him in a team pose. It is also the only example of this imperial cabinet photo we can ever recall seeing. The photo (13.5 x 10.25 inches), which displays exceptional clarity, has been affixed to a period cardboard mount (18 x 14 inches) and is bordered by a modern cream-colored mount that is lettered "1901 Phillies" along the base. Only a few minor flaws are evident, including some tiny spotting above Doc White's head, and a number of small abrasions along the base (covered by the matting). Excellent to Mint condition in its overall appearance. For reference, when this display photograph was sold at a Chicago auction in May 2012, it realized $8,963 (and, of course, may bring more or less in this sale). It has been consigned to REA directly from the buyer at the 2012 auction. This is a superb turn-of-the-century imperial cabinet photo in all respects and one of the last surviving photographic images we have of Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty before his tragic demise in 1903. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $9,600
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