Description1903 Philadelphia Athletics Photographic Composite Display by Carl Horner. As the era's most noteworthy and celebrated baseball photographer, Carl Horner bears the lion's share of responsibility for the manner in which we see the early game in our mind's eye. His simple yet expertly rendered studio portraits of the men populating the Dead Ball game served as the template for much of the tobacco and candy card issues of the day, most notably the image of Honus Wagner that appears upon the most coveted and valuable trading card in the collecting hobby.
Early trading card aficionados will unquestionably recognize many of the images on this tribute to the early Mack Men, perhaps most notably that of Eddie Plank, whose T206 is nearly as scarce as that of the Flying Dutchman. Joining Gettysburg Eddie in T206 imagery and in Cooperstown's Hall of Fame are Chief Bender and Rube Waddell. Fellow enshrinee Connie Mack appears in large format at center.
The player vignettes are 4x5.5" original photos, most trimmed from those dimensions to oval shapes, while Mack's photo measures 5.75x7.75". All photos are affixed to a large cardboard mount measuring approximately 24x23". Viewers will note that the edges exhibit chipping, though only one photo, that of minor figure Bert Daly (entire MLB career was ten games), loses its central focus. The extraordinary rarity and desirability easily overrides these condition concerns however.
It is believed that these Horner composites were created only for players and VIP's, accounting for their incredible rarity today. This composite was consigned by the same source that provides this auction with the Phillies representation of the same vintage.
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