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Rare team photo depicting the 1901 New York Giants, including a young Christy Mathewson.  With copyright attribution to Darwin D. Silberer of New York, the photo is dated 1901 and mounted to a finished size of approximately 12" x 10".  The mount does exhibit signs of wear, included rounded corners, significant chipping of the grey paper at the right edge, and several other spots of paper loss.  The photo itself appears extremely strong, well-protected by the mount, though the image has faded somewhat over the years.  Without respect to fading, we would grade the photo itself NM condition, save for a slight ink mark along the right edge, where it appears someone has attempted to notate one of the players (writing what appears to be "Dad" or "Ned" on the mount itself).  The photographer has signed and inscribed the reverse, in elegant calligraphic ink.

While the subjects in the photo are unidentified, we can see the unmistakeable image of the young Mathewson in the top row, third from right.  We also believe we have identified manager George Davis (HOF), George Van Haltren, Dummy Taylor, Kip Selbach, and possibly Roger Denzer.  Eighteen players in total appear in the photo, staged in front of the outfield bleachers.  The key to the image is Mathewson, however, a team photo taken in the midst of his first full season as a major leaguer, when he would win 20 games against 17 losses to ignite a legendary career.

Exceptional 1901 New York Giants Oversized Team Cabinet w/Christy MathewsonExceptional 1901 New York Giants Oversized Team Cabinet w/Christy MathewsonExceptional 1901 New York Giants Oversized Team Cabinet w/Christy Mathewson
Exceptional 1901 New York Giants Oversized Team Cabinet w/Christy Mathewson
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