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1888 Washington Joseph Hall Team Cabinet Including Connie Mack
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $18,560.00
This extremely rare team cabinet photograph (4.25 x 6.5 inches) by the legendary Joseph Hall features the 1888 Washington Ball Club of the National League. Joseph Hall team cabinets have long been revered by collectors as one of the most highly prized of all nineteenth-century cabinet issues. Washington is the rarest of all teams in the series, with only two examples known to exist. It is also one of the most important and highly desirable of all nineteenth-century team cards as this team is highlighted by a very young Connie Mack as a player (top left, back row). Also included on this team is another player of great historical significance, William "Dummy" Hoy. Hoy, who was deaf-mute, was able to overcome his adversity to have the greatest career of any seriously handicapped player, collecting 2,054 hits, batting .300 three times, scoring 100 runs eight times, and stealing 597 bases over thirteen seasons. Because of Hoy's deafness umpires first adopted hand signals so that he could understand the calls of the game. All sixteen players are identified on the mount below. The photograph has extraordinary detail and flawless contrast. The grey mount has very light wear including a few small abrasions along the right border, and the reverse has a dark brown laminated back with advertising for Joseph Hall in gold lettering ("Photographs of the National League B. B. Clubs. 1888. Joseph Hall, Publisher, Brooklyn, N. Y."), with a small amount of chipping to the reverse, otherwise in Excellent condition. This is the rarest of all Joseph Hall team cabinets, and to many collectors, the most significant. This card was the prize of an exciting discovery Joseph Halls in the late 1990s; when they were auctioned in August of 1999, this card sold for $17,600. This is an extraordinary card, which would be a highlight in any advanced collection, and one of the best of all nineteenth-century team cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$15,000. SOLD FOR $18,560.00
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