Friday, January 19, 2007

eBay Find: Old Pittsburgh Crawford Photo Album

One Word.


This is probably the most incredible baseball related find, not owned by a dealer, I've seen on eBay ever. The pictures are absolutely incredible.

This appears to be a late 1920's early 1930's photo album highlighting the early birth of the now famous Negro League team Pittsburgh Crawfords. Unbelievable!

What is great about the item is that it shows the team before it became the professional league team it is now famous for. When the Crawfords were a town-ball team. Before the time when stars like James "Cool Papa" Bell, Oscar Charleston, Josh Gibson, Judy Johnson and Satchel Paige played for them.
As Ryan Cristoff states on the Vintage Baseball Card Forum, (btw, he runs the website)
"They really seem to capture the essence of the Negro Leagues. The fans in the background, the buildings, the condition of the fields, the guys in street clothes pitching."
I am awe struck too.

Some noted experts on the Vintage Baseball Card Forum say that no one of significance is portrayed here, but I swear the guy in the middle picture above is a young Josh Gibson. (he's the guy taking a swing with a bat."
Anyway, I had to point this auction out. It is absolutely incredible.

eBay Auction Link: EBay: (linked fixed)

Hat Tip: Vintage Baseball Card Forum: