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Lot # 52: 1906 World Champions of Basketball Poster (26.6x42")

Category: Basketball

Starting Bid: $10,000.00

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Item was in Auction "2018 Invitational",
which ran from 7/15/2018 9:00 AM to
8/17/2018 10:00 PM

Exquisitely rare poster touting the "The World Champions" of basketball featuring Hall of Famer and one of the game's first stars, Ed Wachter. The 1906 Schenectady Company E team was considered the greatest of the time. Comprised of Ed Wachter, his brother Lew Wachter, Jimmy Williamson, Pete Lamb, Jack Fox, Lefty Lennon, Flo Haggerty and Bill Hardman, the squad compiled a record of 50 wins and only three losses during the 1906-07 season while scoring twice as many points as were scored against them. The legendary team also put together a 39-game winning streak. A few years later, a team led by Wachter drubbed the Buffalo Germans before the Germans went on to establish a historic winning streak of their own. The poster goes to great lengths to show just how well regarded Wachter's team was, reading, "This is the crack Company E team from Schenectady, N. Y., the Champions of the World! Stop and think what an opportunity this is for the local people to see the fastest basket ball team in the country. This team has just returned from Kansas City, Mo., where it was challenged by a team for a series of three games and defeated their opponents the first two games on their own floor, making short work of the series. What basket ball fan has not heard of the line-up of this team?" Ironically, it goes on to misspell the last name of both Wachter brothers, while also listing Haggerty, Williamson, Bergman, Sears and Davery. Further down, the team's clout is again reinforced with the line, "Owing to the large expense in getting this team the management is forced to charge the following prices: General Admission, 35., Reserved Seats, 15c. Extra." The bottom of the poster also states that there will be a social dance after the game - a charming addition underscoring a more innocent era in America. Towering over his competition at 6'1", Ed Wachter was the premier center of his day, but was also noted for his keen basketball mind. He was the focal point as well as coach of one of basketball's first dynasties, and would later go on to coach at Harvard. This magnificent poster measures 26.5x40" and has been mounted on canvas to aid in its preservation. This is basketball history that is seldom, if ever, made available.

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