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    1909 St. Paul Gophers Real Photo Postcard. Extraordinary find stands as one of the few surviving photographic images of the 1909 World's Colored Champions, a label the club bestowed upon itself after challenging and defeating Rube Foster's Leland Giants that year. As an indication of the difficulty in maintaining even a successful African-American club in the early years of the twentieth century, the Gophers disbanded after its first and only season, assuring World Championship vintage here. Though the team is not identified in text on this postcard, the viewer will note the "StPG" logo on the players' jerseys. We've also been able to locate another authenticated photograph of the Gophers squad, featuring all of the same figures pictured here, including the unmistakable manager seated at center. Typical edge and corner wear is to be noted, but the image area remains wonderfully clear of any distractions, presenting at an incredible EX-MT level. A thrilling piece for the serious Negro League collector. Guide Value or Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500.

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