(3) Early 1900 Hand Grip Photo Studies with Marquard 
Lot Number 221
 
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During the early years of the 19th Century, baseball players were tough men that played a demanding sport in harsh conditions not like the mollycoddled athletes of the modern era. Presented are (3) “grip” photo studies displaying the rough and beaten hands of three ball players. The key inclusion in the trio is a Rube Marquard print with an unusual script and printed text identification in purple ink stamp on the reverse. The Marquard photo (VG-EX) reads (printed ink stamp): "The hands that New York expects will win the World's Series - Mathewson and Marq" and (in script) "Marquard's slender fingered almost feminine hand which cost the Giants $11,000 and was worth it." The remaining two “grip” photo studies include Jimmy Archer of the Cubs and Ira Thomas of the Athletics, both in (VG-EX) condition. These two have the Paul Thompson copyright stamp as well as the 1996 Original Baseball Magazine Christie’s hologram. 
 
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