High Grade 1911 Addie Joss Benefit Game Panoramic Photograph (PSA Type I)
The historical importance and rarity of this 1911 panoramic photograph from the Addie Joss Benefit Game cannot be overstated. The game was held between the Cleveland Naps and a team of American League All-Stars on July 24, 1911, with the intent to commemorate the life of former Naps' pitcher Joss, who had passed away suddenly earlier that year while still in his prime, as well as to raise money for his family. Since All-Star Games weren't held annually until 1933, this event was one of the most famous games of the dead-ball era, with a collection of talent that included Joe Jackson, Cy Young, Sam Crawford, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker, Frank Baker, Eddie Collins, Bobby Wallace, Joe Wood and Hal Chase. As such, this panorama is held in very high regard by experts, since at the time it would be virtually impossible to capture as distinguished and extensive a group of future Hall of Famers in one photo. Furthermore, this particular shot is believed to have only been given to participating players and a few top league and team officials, making it exceedingly hard to come by. This is corroborated by the fact that, of the specimens that have surfaced, most have come from the estates of the game's participants. The panorama offered here further sets itself apart because of the fantastic condition it is in. There are just a few minor wrinkles (not creases) evident, which is an aggressive use of the term as they are barely visible to the naked eye. As far as panorama photos grade, this one is NM. It comes with a PSA letter confirming it to be a Type I original photograph and has been framed and matted to museum quality, with the frame measuring 13.5x47.5". One interesting note is that Ty Cobb appears in a Cleveland Naps uniform, as he forgot his Tigers uniform. This spectacular and rare array of legendary ballplayers is an offering of the highest caliber.