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Historic 1902 Toronto Maple Leafs Championship Photograph 
Lot Number 1
Quantity: Bid Started: 02/27/2006 00:30:00 
Bid Open: 400.00  Bid Ends: 03/15/2006 23:30:00 
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Edward Barrow entered the realm of professional baseball in 1894 as a part owner, along with concessionaire Harry Stevens, in the Wheeling club of the Interstate League but when Stevens took over concessions at the Polo Grounds the following season, Barrow stayed with the ball club instead of continuing his partnership with Stevens. Later in life Barrow would declare that it was the biggest mistake he ever made. But life has a funny way of working out as Barrow went on to a distinguished career as first a manager and then as a baseball executive and finally enshrinement in the Hall of Cooperstown. Ed Barrow knew baseball talent when he saw it and the 1902 Toronto Baseball Club was one of the many championship teams that he would assemble. Noted as one of the finest nine ever to play among minor league clubs, the 1902 Toronto Maple Leafs only narrowly won the Eastern League title that year over a good Buffalo club. Given the major league talent on that roster, nine in all; this early photograph stands alone as a testament to great American baseball. The awe-inspiring 16” x 14” image features sixteen players – ten with roots in the major leagues – with Ed Barrow as the centerpiece surrounded by boys. The photo is affixed to a cardboard mount that identifies each player by both name and position. Identified in the lower left portion of this impressive artifact is the name of the photography studio, “Noble, Photo.” Upon close inspection of the surface of the picture nary a mark can be found, as if the image has passed through the ages without wear. There are two minute toning spots apparent on the images but nothing that would detract from the overall beauty of the relic. The mount has been trimmed from the original issued size to fit the 27" x 24" antique wood frame without affecting the photograph itself. The image’s size is spectacular considering that most identifiable team photographs are considerably smaller in both size and stature. The identifying marks are printed in black ink neatly and judiciously while the cardboard back few flaws. The preservation and historical significance of the artifact combined with the subject matter make this large imperial cabinet photograph one of the best ever offered for public auction.  
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