1905 NY Giants Team Photo – Cover of 1905 World Series Program Christy Mathewson

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Welcome to TonyeTrade Enterprises! Whether you are trying to complete a collection or find that elusive sports or baseball card you’ve come to the right place. Catering to the needs of the collector, Tonyetrade Enterprises specializes in rare and difficult to find sports memorabilia. With focus on vintage and rare baseball, football, and hockey sports cards, Tonyetrade deals in highest quality collectibles graded by the top professional sports card authenticators. 1905 NY Giants Team Photo – Cover of 1905 World Series Program Christy Mathewson 1905 New York Giants Panoramic Team Photo (24″ x 18″) by George Lawrence with Mathewson, McGraw, Bresnahan, McGinnity, and Taylor – Used for the Cover of the Giants’ 1905 World Series Program! Extraordinary panoramic team photo of the 1905 World Champion New York Giants taken by noted Chicago football photographer George Lawrence. This is the first example of this panoramic photo we have ever seen, but if it seems familiar, it is for good reason. This very image was featured on the cover of the New York Giants’ 1905 World Series program! The photograph captures twenty members of the New York Giants, each nattily dressed in formal attire, as they pose in a studio setting. Included here are manager John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, Roger Bresnahan, Joe McGinnity, “Dummy” Taylor, Hooks Wiltse, Mike Donlin, and George Browne. The photo displays remarkable clarity and contrast for a photo of this size, which is not surprising since it was produced by noted Chicago photographer George Lawrence, whose credit and copyright date (1905) appear in the lower-right corner. As noted earlier, this is the first original example of this photograph that we have ever seen in any size, let alone one measuring 24.25 x 18.5 inches. The piece remains affixed to its original cardboard mount (27 x 21-inches). The size of this photo; however, which is actually small for Lawrence, should come as no surprise to those familiar with his work. In 1901 Lawrence produced the then largest photograph in history with his 8-foot by 4.5-foot photo of the Alton Limited, described at the time as the “Handsomest Train in the World.” That photo later earned Lawrence the award of “Grand Prize of the World for Photographic Excellence” at the European Exposition. One of the most innovative and successful commercial photographers of his era, Lawrence delighted in producing awe-inspiring images of grand size, a fact duly noted in his business slogan that read “The Hitherto Impossible in Photography is Our Specialty.” He was also a pioneer in the field of aerial photography, often using kites and balloons, known as his “airships,” to suspend his camera hundreds of feet above the ground in order to produce photos of unprecedented scale. Lawrence produced a number of memorable football photos over the years, many of which captured World Series action in his hometown of Chicago. The offered piece is obviously one of his finest works. Given the size and quality of this photo, not to mention the expense to produce it at the time, it is almost certain that they were produced only for team members and executives. That limited distribution would explain its rarity today. Both the photo and mount display a few light water stains, with the mount also exhibiting a few small edge tears. A slightly larger tear to the mount along the top border has been repaired with clear tape on the reverse. Despite the flaws, many of which along the mount can easily be matted out, the photo projects an overall Excellent appearance. This is a remarkable and rare football image, and one that would be among the highlights of any advanced football-photography collection.We sell cards a wide variety of sports cards ranging up to millions of dollars . Due to the difficulty of varying shipping costs for each item for insurance and weight, we charge a flat fee of $4.95 for the first card and $1.00 per additional card for shipping. So, whether your card is 99 cents or $30,000, your shipping charges are the exact same. We have found this to be the fairest and easiest way to deal with shipping, by being a flat rate across the board. If this policy does not seem fair to you, our apologies, but please don’t bid on our items. We have near perfect Ebay feedback since 1998, and do everything we can to preserve that longstanding commitment of excellence to our customers. Item(s) will be shipped well protected and insured for ALL items sold. We are insured privately so NO item will be sent uninsured. 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