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    1880's Frank Bancroft & His Team Cabinet Photograph. Now we know where Connie Mack got his fashion sense! A thrilling find for that devoted contingent of 19th century baseball collectors, this never before seen sepia image of the first great Hall of Fame baseball manager brings us back to a charming era in our national pastime's history. Note the full-length dark overcoat and derby that the mustached Bancroft wears at center. Several of his ballplayers wear colorful neckties. At Bancroft's right hand, a player sits holding an infant, the team mascot. Fans in the grandstand gaze lazily at the proceedings. It's possible that a talented researcher could pinpoint this photograph to an exact team or year, but we have been unable to devote the time to that pursuit. The photograph has wear at the edges, and rounded corners, but the image itself shows only a few small areas of abrasion, and none which comes close to approaching Bancroft or the faces of his players. An impressive 8" x 10" in size, the large dimensions for the time would suggest that this piece was created for a VIP, perhaps even for Bancroft himself. Surely a one-of-a-kind offering, so bidders be warned-it's now or never.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2006
    6th Saturday
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