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Lot 109



Lot Number: 109

Description: Significant July 24, 1911 Addie Joss Day All-Star benefit team photograph by Louis Van Oeyen. Regarded as the finest baseball related photograph with respect to content, clarity, subject, photographer, and composition. The offered example is one of only two known surviving original copies taken by noted photographer Louis Van Oeyen at Cleveland during a game played by an assemblage of All-Star players to benefit the widow of pitcher Addie Joss who had recently passed away from tubercular meningitis. The image measures 10 1/2"x13 1/2" matted and framed picturing (14) players incl. Cobb, Johnson, Baker, Collins, Speaker, and Wood. The clarity and registration remain in perfect original condition with the photo having two small tear repairs on the back of the far left edge and two 1" square areas of restoration at the far right edge from album removal (both are in non descript areas). The photo also had some very faint player names written on the front which were professionally removed with very slight vestiges visible upon close inspection. Marked with Van Oeyen's trademark raised stamp at bottom left corner. The team is accepted by many historians to be the greatest All-Star assemblage to have ever taken the field with a total of seven Hall of Famers and several others who deserve to be in the Hall. This is coupled with the fact that the team was assembled to play against the Cleveland Naps with players such as Cy Young and Joe Jackson. Based upon the extreme rarity of this image it can be assumed that these were created to be given to the players on the team as the surviving examples originated from participants incl. Joe Wood. Walter Johnson's copy has been documented to exist but its location is unknown. Truly, a masterful piece of photographic art relating to one of the most storied events in baseball history: EX-MT (With note to restoration)

Estimated Price: ($50,000.00-$75,000.00)

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