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Exceptional photo depicting Hall of Famer Dan Brouthers, dating to 1896, when he played with the Philadelphia Phillies.  Though Brothers managed a few at bats at 48 years old for the 1904 New York Giants, 1896 was his last season, for all practical purposes.  Framed to a finished size of 14" x 16", the thick, ornate wooden frame appears original to the piece, its wooden backing still affixed in place with vintage nails, the gold frame worn with age yet still handsome.  The photo itself is stunning, crisp with detail, the Hall of Famer choked up on his bat, posed against an outdoor-themed studio backdrop.  Some very light foxing is evident, though nothing that distracts from the visual appeal.

The 1895 season was a trying one for Brouthers, having been traded to the last-place Louisville Colonels and ultimately leaving the team in mid-June.  While the baseball world felt that signaled the end of his career, at season's end he obtained his release from Louisville and signed a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.  Having traded outfielder Billy Hamilton to acquire player/manager Billy Nash, Philadelphia needed a third outfielder to play alongside future Hall of Famers Sam Thompson and Ed Delahanty.  The 37-year-old Brouthers, who ultimately played first base for the club, posted exceptional numbers, but with the team failing and under pressure from the media and fans alike, the ballclub released Brouthers in favor of rookie Nap Lajoie.  The aging slugger played a few years of minor league ball before going to work for John McGraw's New York Giants, where he remained for 20 years.  He was one of the first 19th Century players inducted into the Hall of Fame in its first decade.

The photo itself is believed to originate with the Brouthers estate, brought to market some years ago by respected hobby auctioneer Barry Sloate.  Simply a gorgeous oversized photo, striking in both its size and its subject.

Spectacular 1896 Dan Brouthers (HOF) Original Oversized Framed Photo - From Dan Brouthers' Estate
Spectacular 1896 Dan Brouthers (HOF) Original Oversized Framed Photo - From Dan Brouthers' Estate
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $750
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,000
Number Bids: 18
Auction closed on Sunday, August 25, 2019.
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