Spring 2020 Premier Auction - Closes April 11
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When writing auction descriptions, we are typically hesitant to use expressions like "This is the finest panoramic photo we have ever seen."

That being said, this is the finest panoramic photo we have ever seen!

Absolutely enormous photo depicting the members of the 1933 Washington Senators, who captured the American League pennant with a 99-53 record, ultimately losing the World Series to the New York Giants in five games.  Led by Hall of Famers Joe Cronin (who also served as manager), Goose Goslin and Heinie Manush, the team also featured two 20-game winners in General Crowder and Earl Whitehil.

The photo is simply astonishing, professionally matted and framed to a finished size of 71" x 15".  We will reiterate: this photo is nearly six feet long!  Crystal clear with exquisite detail, the photo was almost certainly given to players.  Featuring 26 players plus the team mascot, lined in a row with the Griffith Stadium grandstand in the backround, Hall of Famer Goose Goslin played the practical joke of running behind the photographer while he moved his camera, enabling him to appear in the photo twice.  "Washington Ball Team, 1933" is hand-lettered into the photo along the bottom edge, with each of the subjects identified underneath their image.  

As if the photo wasn't amazing enough by itself, each of the 28 subjects of the photos have neatly signed the photo on their image in green ink - including the batboy, and including Goslin twice, once on each of his images.  The photo includes many extremely popular and difficult signatures.  Appearing in the photo from left-to-right, are Lefty Stewart, General Crowder, Goose Goslin (HOF), Cliff Bolton, Joe Kuhel, Ed Linke, Ossie Bluege, Joe Cronin (HOF)Al Schacht (coach)Heinie Manush (HOF), Moe Berg, Budfdy Myer, Earl Whitehill (died 1954), Dave Harris, Nick Altrock (died 1965)Sam Rice (HOF), Bill McAfee (died 1958), Jack Russell, John Kerr, Bob Boken, Bobby Burke, Monte Weaver, Bud Thomas, Luke Sewell, Fred Schulte, Tommy Thomas, Jimmy Mahoney (batboy) and Goose Goslin (HOF).  The signatures are legible and bold, some slight fading and smudging evident here and there.  Photo credit is assigned to what appears to be Ruben Photo of Washington DC, though the photographer name is extremely difficult to see in the white background along the left edge.

The photo is clean and sharp, some visible waviness likely due to having been stored in a roll, some minor creasing and tiny edge tears are evident, none of which are significant but mentioned here just for accuracy.  Of course, the exceptional framing prevents us from reviewing the edges or back for condition issues.  It should be noted that this photo is enormous - six feet long - and heavy, so the winning bidder should expect that shipping costs will be significant.  Despite this, this is easily the finest panoramic photo we have ever seen, autographed by each subject, including four Hall of Famers (five if you count Goslin twice) and the incredibly popular Moe Berg.  Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

Extraordinary 1933 Washington Senators Team-Signed Panoramic Photo - 28 Signatures w/Berg, Cronin, Manush, and Goslin Twice! (JSA)
Extraordinary 1933 Washington Senators Team-Signed Panoramic Photo - 28 Signatures w/Berg, Cronin, Manush, and Goslin Twice! (JSA)
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Minimum Bid: $2,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $7,800
Number Bids: 19
Auction closed on Sunday, April 12, 2020.
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