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    1910 Philadelphia Athletics Imperial Photograph. Simply enormous photographic creation was clearly manufactured for some very important person or purpose, though that tale has sadly been lost to the century since its creation. We can assure that the image does indeed date to the era of the first great Connie Mack dynasty, as barely visible text at lower left of the mount announces, "Copyright 1910, Am. BBC of Phila." Larger text at lower center reads, "Athletic Baseball Team, World Champions, 1910."

    Connie Mack sports his standard funereal garb at center of the posed team shot, flanked by a powerhouse squad that took the American League flag by fourteen and a half games before conquering the Chicago Cubs in five Fall Classic games. You'll spot a pair of Hall of Fame Eddies--Plank and Collins--as well as Frank "Home Run" Baker, Chief Bender, Topsy Hartsel, Jack Coombs and more.

    We haven't examined the piece outside of the frame, which measures 23x36", but we suspect that the mount may have been trimmed at the top and sides. Some water staining and chipping is apparent at lower mount, and small holes, each about the size of dime, appear in the image area to little ill effect. A minor degree of water staining is likewise quite innocuous. The result is the most impressive photograph we've ever encountered of a Dead Ball Era squad, arguably the finest roster ever assembled in the first quarter of the twentieth century.

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