One of the finest antique baseball photos for sale that we have ever seen.
Owings Mills, MD (PRWEB) October 14, 2013
A very rare baseball panoramic photo in mint condition from 1914 is currently up for auction at Robert Edward Auctions until October 19th. This unique piece is an exceptional original photograph of baseball history.
The photograph (35.5 x 9.25 inches) remains in remarkable condition given its age and fragile nature. The photo is in Near Mint condition and is easily the finest example of this great rarity which is not often seen with these historic auctions. A recent and comprable photo sold at auction sold for $10,575. The photo is housed in what appears to be its original wood frame, which measures 38.5 x 12 inches.
This exceedingly rare panoramic photograph captures the action from the first game in Federal League history, played between the Baltimore Terrapins and Buffalo Feds at Terrapin Park in Baltimore on April 13, 1914. Its rarity (we are only aware of two other examples) and historical significance aside, this piece is also one of the finest game-in-progress panoramas we have ever seen.
About the Federal League:
The Federal League was formed in 1914 as a Major League rival to the American and National Leagues. Despite its success in signing many of the game's top stars, the League only lasted two seasons, thus making this photo not only an extraordinary artistic achievement, but an extremely significant historical piece as well. Probably by design, this game was the first Major League game of the season, thus ensuring that for at least one day the Federal League would hold center stage in the baseball world. Any and all materials relating to the short-lived Federal League are exceedingly rare, especially photographic images of this scale. This photo is simply spectacular on all levels. Collectors today would expect to find such a piece only in either the Baseball Hall of Fame or in one of the country's premier private collections. Remarkably, it is also new to the hobby. According to our consignor, who lives in Maryland and who inherited the piece from her father over thirty-five years ago, the panorama has been in her family's possession as long as she can remember.