The White Elephants celebrate a World Championship in style1929 Philadelphia Athletics Team Signed Photographic Portrait Album. Magnificent photographic portraiture and a cast of World Championship legends collide here to produce one of the most exciting autographed pieces to be found within this auction. Presented only to team members and important figures in the Philadelphia baseball scene, volumes such as this one are the work of H. Madonna Wagner, whose photography bears more than a passing resemblance to legendary lensman George Burke.
Embossed gold lettering upon the cover of the volume features Wagner's name and the text, "Snapshots, The World's Champions Baseball Club of 1929, To My Friends." Twenty-nine individual photos, each measuring 5x8" in size, are affixed to the black scrapbook pages within, with each photo signed by its subject in the boldest of fountain pen ink. All of this elite squad's legends are present and accounted for, with Foxx, Cochrane, Collins, Simmons, Grove and Connie Mack representing the Hall of Fame contingent. Other notables include the very tough Thomas Shibe, 1919 Black Sox manager Kid Gleason, Dykes, Earnshaw, Quinn, Walberg, Boley and more.
All Hall of Famers rate 7/10 or better, with the balance ranging from 2/10 to 9/10, with all but a few on the upper end of that range. The photos uniformly remain in NRMT condition, though a few have come loose from the scrapbook pages. The most attractive keepsake we've encountered from this number three rated club on "The Sporting News" list of baseball's greatest teams in history. Remarkably, the album remains housed in its original cardboard packaging. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.
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