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Lot # 76: 1911 Chief Meyers, "The Artistry of Baseball" Incredible Photo in Full Catchers Gear

Starting Bid: $25.00

Bids: 40 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "January Collectors Auction 2024",
which ran from 12/30/2023 10:00 AM to
1/13/2024 8:00 PM

1911 Double weight photograph of popular and underrated catcher Chief Meyers of the New York Giants, posing in full uniform including his catchers mask at the ballpark. There is massive symbolism here as Meyers, who was one of the first minority ballplayers in history, was shielding his face for the photographer, seeming to hide his identity. Few images were ever taken of catchers with their masks on as it defeated the purpose to give an image of the man for publication, but this was the norm for the Native American Meyers. This is the only example of this photograph we have ever seen and it is being offered here for the first time ever, fresh out of the archives of Underwood and Underwood. A work of art that belongs in a museum or gallery!

Size: 7.25x9.5
Designation: Vintage 1
Condition: 4.5/5
Quality: 5/5
Overall Grade: 9.5/10

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