NEGRO LEAGUE LARGE AND INCREDIBLE PHOTOGRAPHIC MONTAGE.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2:10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
Auction #208 - Part I
Item numbers 1 through 1277 in auction 208
15.5x20" vintage and original montage has been relief mounted and professionally framed. c. 1920. While this piece features many legendary players and HOF members, it is dominated by Louis Santop, leading us to believe it may have been done specifically for him. Santop has the largest single image on the piece located dead center and he appears a total of 13 other times around this, not counting his inclusion on several of the team photos that appear on the top and bottom margins. These teams are (left to right)top: 1916 St. Louis Giants, 1919 Royal Giants, 1913 Female Giants; bottom: 1919 Bacharach Giants, 1911 St. Louis Giants, 1912 Lincoln Giants, American Giants. The other individual player images include Pop Lloyd, Rube Foster, Smokey Joe Williams, Robert Gans, John Donaldson, William Pettus, Bruce Petway, Spottswood Poles, Frank Wickware, Dick Redding, Ashby Dunbar, Dizzy Dismukes, Willie Mallette, and others. The individual player images show them in a variety of uniforms with Breakers and Indianapolis ABC's being the most represented. All player and team images are identified by inked names under their respective images. The entire piece exhibits dust soiling. Moderate margin wear and aging w/some restoration. Overall VG as framed and displays nicely as such. A truly spectacular Negro League piece and we believe unique. One of the true highlights from the Richard Merkin Collection and comes with Hake’s COA.
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