1910s "Detroit Number" w/Ty Cobb Baseball Magazine Unpublished Proof Cover
Rejected proof cover for unknown 1911-14 issue of Baseball Magazine. This "Detroit Number" features the mighty Tigers of Detroit including Ty Cobb and High Jennings at center top piercing into the negative space with the strength of his "Ee-Yah" scream. Sent to the artist and somehow rejected, the art is by and from the collection of the preeminent "Baseball Magazine" cover artist Gerrit Beneker. Blank-backed, it measures 9x11.5" and is folded where it was sent back to the office of editor F.C. Lane, o/w EX+ with vivid final colors. Gorgeous color lithograph with the white matte border is a work of art of far better quality than the final covers off the newsstand. Recently discovered from the hands of Gerrit Beneker (1882-1934), the master illustrator who did covers for a myriad of publications of the early 20th century. He is best known however, for the 30 covers he painted for "Baseball Magazine" during their key formative years of 1911-14. These works defined not only the look and feel of the first ever U.S. baseball monthly magazine, but for baseball illustration art for decades to come.
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