Summer, 2019 Premier Auction
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Enormous (44" x 24") cardboard advertising display for Gunther Beer, featuring a large team photo of the 1957 Baltimore Orioles, which includes a rookie Brooks Robinson.  The poster pictures the team picture set against a clear, blue sky, scoreboard in the background featuring a large advertisement for Gunther Beer at the top.  The players are each identified in a text box at the bottom of the piece.  

The piece exhibits some significant areas of wear, as one might expect from a piece this size.  While our title describes this as a linen-mounted poster, that is not exactly the case.  The display still contains its top and bottom "lips," which were likely incorporated into some enormous retail display through folding.  Those lips have been reinforced with some sort of linen tape, and then the entire piece has been stabilized by being affixed to a large piece of foamcore, which has also been scored and folded at the "lips."  This gave the impression of a linen backing, between the cardboard display and the foamcore.  Closer examination, however, reveals that the entire piece has been affixed to the foamcore with what appears to be framer's tape.  Our opinion is that, despite the wear (which includes a pronounced tear along the right edge, an upper-right corner chip, some areas of paper loss in the white borders, and the entire top and bottom folds having been repaired with a variety of tape), the piece would be well-served to be sent to a conservator to have the foamcore backing removed, and to be stabilized completely with a linen backing.  This is a seldom seen piece, featuring not only future Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson but Hall of Famer George Kell, and a number of other Orioles' fan favorites.                 

Rare, Large-Format 1957 Gunther Beer Baltimore Orioles Linen-Mounted Poster w/Rookie Brooks Robinson
Rare, Large-Format 1957 Gunther Beer Baltimore Orioles Linen-Mounted Poster w/Rookie Brooks Robinson
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Minimum Bid: $200
Final prices include buyers premium.: $861
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Sunday, August 25, 2019.
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