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    1911 Addie Joss Day Panoramic Photograph from the Frank "Home Run" Baker Collection. Arguably the most desirable baseball photograph in the hobby, and with good reason. This simply remarkable panoramic photograph captures the greatest stars of the American League Dead Ball era, all of whom had convened at Cleveland's League Park on July 24, 1911 for a benefit game to raise money for the widow of Hall of Fame pitcher Addie Joss, whose life had been tragically cut short three months earlier in a virulent bout with meningitis. It must be noted that panoramic photographs were very expensive to produce at this time in history, and as such only those participating in the event were given a copy. Frank "Home Run" Baker's personal photo, offered here, is one of the very few to survive the many decades since. Baker is easy to spot, twelfth from right, dressed in the road grey uniform of his Philadelphia Athletics. Three men to his right is the great Walter Johnson in the midst of a season that saw him pitch six complete game shutouts. Other early gods of the diamond present include Shoeless Joe Jackson, Cy Young, Napoleon Lajoie, Eddie Collins, Smokey Joe Wood and the fiery Ty Cobb, who wears a borrowed Cleveland Naps jersey after forgetting to bring his Tigers togs to the ballpark. Behind the chicken wire that separates the stands from the playing field, scores of fans in dark suits and straw hats clamor to get a look at this outrageous assembly of talent, essentially the first All-Star Game in baseball history. The image quality is exceptional, with every button on the high-collared baseball jerseys clearly visible, and this quality carries over to that of the condition of the piece, which offers only a lower border stain near the left end of the piece and a few scattered and very minor wrinkles. None travel the full vertical length. Only in two instances at the left end do the wrinkles even begin to break through the photographic emulsion, leaving the two or three other cases essentially invisible. Even the more significant imperfections will be greatly minimized by a proper framing job, leaving the stain as the only flaw to be seen on anything other than very close inspection. We do not hesitate to say that the piece will otherwise present as an incredible NRMT, making this simply the finest of the handful of Addie Joss panoramas to see the light of day. Measures 8x41".

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