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    1915 Pittsburgh Rebels Federal League Panoramic Photograph. Still wearing the lot tag from the historic 1999 Barry Halper Auction, the presented panoramic photograph is one of the very few surviving from the brief two-season lifespan of the Federal League, a baseball experiment which has intrigued and bedeviled collectors for decades. Before a packed grandstand of dark-suited spectators pose the members of the Pittsburgh Rebels, a team aptly named as the Federals were quite the thorn in the side of the established National and American Leagues who struggled to defend ownership of their top talent against the financial incentives of the plucky start-up. In reality, the team was named after its player-manager, a thirty-one year old Louisiana native named Ennis "Rebel" Oakes, among those team members captured by the photographer's lens. Several vertical creases are evenly spaced across the thirty-three inch width of the photo, the result of the image having been rolled then flattened. A few thin tears wander in from each edge, but these likewise cause little distraction. The image still presents beautifully, as our catalog imagery should attest, and is professionally framed to final dimensions of 15x39".

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2010
    4th-5th Thursday-Friday
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