Enormous 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers NL Champions Team Photo Display 
Lot Number 334
 
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What an amazing find! This huge 9-1/2 foot by 5-1/2 foot picture of the 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers National League Championship baseball team was assembled from three panels, all mounted together on a 2/3-inch piece of heavy cardboard. This sepia toned portrait was discovered in a Brooklyn warehouse a few years ago. It has survived in excellent overall condition except for a bit of surface abrasions on the left panel, some bottom right corner damage and discoloration due to sunlight along the bottom edge, none of which really impedes the overall tremendous displayability of this piece. Through research it has been discovered that this unique piece was on display for many years at Tex's Pizzeria, a popular restaurant just off Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, NY. Tex was a close friend of Carl Furillo and is, in fact, mentioned in the book New York City Baseball by Harry Frommer (pg 66). Many of the great Dodgers of that era, namely Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges and Furillo, to name a few, are prominently displayed in front of their large Championship banner. Images of this piece have been shown to former Brooklyn Dodger players appearing at shows in the NY and NJ area, some of whom have vague memories of it. Probably the most vivid recollection of the item was from Mrs. Gil Hodges who remembers the exact location of it at the restaurant and also added she knew Tex's wife, who helped prepare Italian specialties served at this establishment that closed in the early 1970's. It is assumed that this picture was on display somewhere prior to its appearance at the restaurant but we have been unable to substantiate if it ever was exhibited at Ebbets Field. This amazing relic would be the centerpiece of any serious Brooklyn Dodger collection as it captures all the Dodger nostalgia of that golden era. Due to the size/weight of this item, shipping costs will be substantial; pick up in West Orange, NJ is strongly encouraged.  
 
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