1909 Chicago Leland Giants Real Photo Postcard from Rube Foster Family
One of the most desirable and valuable postcards extant, this real photo postcard shows the legendary Chicago Leland Giants featuring Rube Foster, the Father of Negro League Baseball. Need we say more? No, but we can. This is Rube Foster’s very own copy of this monumental piece.This came directly from the family of Rube Foster and will come with a Lelands.com LOA testifying to this fact. Incredible lineup as far as we can make out features clockwise from top left: HOFer Pete Hill, Andrew "Jap" Payne (Pop Lloyd's #1 right fielder), George Wright, Walter Ball (one of the greats), Charles "Pat" Daugherty (1909 "All American"), Bill Gatewood (6'7" spitballer nicknamed "Cool Papa" Bell), HOF icon Andrew "Rube" Foster, Nate Harris (voted one of the best ever), Sam Strothers, Bobby Winston, co-owner Frank Leland, Harry "Mike" Moore (played with the top teams) and Dangerfield Talbert who Rube Foster had a benefit for. Listed as circa 1908 by SGC but the real year is 1909. Rube Foster joined the Giants in 1907, leading them to an incredible 110-10 record including 48 straight wins. In Foster’s first 11 starts in 1909, he won 11 games with four shut-outs. Ultimately, Rube Foster and Frank Leland parted company and Foster made the Chicago American Giants into perhaps the finest team in the history of the Negro Leagues. This Lelands Giants team is the precursor to that mega force. Postcard is unposted and has some obvious condition problems from water damage, but it is what it is. Measures 3.5x5.38”. Only other known specimen was auctioned for over $22,000 in 2010. That piece was originally owned by Leland's and sold to pioneering Negro League collector Richard Merkin in the mid-1990s. Here is perhaps your last shot at the brass ring.