Lot # 173: Rare 1913 Portland Duffs Real Photo Postcard w/Hugh Duffy (HOF)

Category: Baseball Postcards

Starting Bid: $300.00

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Item was in Auction "Summer, 2021 Premier Auction",
which ran from 8/9/2021 9:00 PM to
8/28/2021 9:00 PM

Extraordinary real photo postcard dating to 1913 featuring the Portland Duffs of the New England League. Managed by Hall of Famer Hugh Duffy the ballclub featured just one player with major league experience 33-year-old infielder Benny Bowcock who managed 14 games with the 1903 St. Louis Browns ten years earlier. Just the second example of this postcard we have seen this card has the benefit of postal use in September of 1913 but the added benefit of writing on the card front that identifies many of the players including Duffy himself. Identified on the card are Woodbury Clifford Jewell Harry Wormwood Fleet Mayberry Benny Bowcock Charles Hayden Duffy (HOF) Jack Sullivan Henry Merrill Joseph Burns Charles Hickman and Leslie Pumphrey with several others unidentified. It is entirely possible that in the case of several of these players the photos on this postcard are the only photos that exist the sole method of identifying each player. An outstanding historical resource and a rare team postcard featuring one of the game's early greats.

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