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Incredible large-format panoramic postcard featuring a photo of the legendary "Merkle Boner" makeup game played at the Polo Grounds on October 8, 1908.  One of the most legendary events in baseball history, the Chicago Cubs returned to New York to replay the September 23 game against the Giants that ended as Fred Merkle failed to touch second base on Al Bridwell's walk-off single.  On the date of the playoff game, 40,000 fans jammed into the ballpark, with estimates as high as a quarter million additional people crowded outside the park.  The tension in the crowd and on the field threatened to boil over all day, with the Cubs eventually winning the game, 4-2, and advancing to the World Series.

This attractive postcard is exceptionally rare, unfolding to a full size of 11 1/8" x 3 1/2".  The interior photo is in outstanding condition, with significant wear at the fold in the form of heavy creasing from its intended use.  Moderate corner and edge wear is also evident.  A faux advertisement for Hunyadi Janos Water appears to have been superimposed over the advertisements along the left field wall. In the process of researching this card, we discovered another example auctioned off some time ago that was identical in every way, except "Compliments of Hunyadi Janos Water" appeared in the photo caption.  In this example, the area of the photo caption where that text appeared is simply blank.

The postcard was published by Darwin D. Silberer, the same photographer who photographed and signed the 1901 Giants cabinet photo found as lot number 7 in this auction.  Postally used, the writing and subsequent postal markings reduce the technical grade to FAIR, though the piece is exceptionally rare.  Whlie we have seen several other examples of postcards bearing this image, we have not found this exact projection or this exact variation in any other example.  A rare and important example of one of the most significant games in the history of the sport.

1908 New York Giants vs. Chicago Cubs Panoramic Postcard - Merkle Boner Makeup Game!1908 New York Giants vs. Chicago Cubs Panoramic Postcard - Merkle Boner Makeup Game!
1908 New York Giants vs. Chicago Cubs Panoramic Postcard - "Merkle Boner" Makeup Game!
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Minimum Bid: $400
Final prices include buyers premium.: $492
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Sunday, August 25, 2019.
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