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Old Judge-Related P. H. Mayo & Brother Tobacco Co. Prototype Cabinet Card
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,044.00
One of the most interesting discoveries ever to surface relating to nineteenth-century baseball cards. Extraordinary Old Judge style photograph of Thomas Doran of the Omaha Club of the Western Association is mounted on a sturdy cardboard stock. Along the top reads "P.H. Mayo & Brother Tobacco Co." The photograph is very similar to an Old Judge cabinet, and in fact reads "Copyright 1888 Goodwin & Co" in small print in the lower right exactly as one would expect of an N172 Old Judge card or N173 Old Judge cabinet card. Of course, no card set of this design was ever issued by Mayo, though perhaps one was once contemplated. The photograph is accompanied by an envelope in which it was mailed directly to the player pictured, "Mr. Thomas B. Doran, Columbia Ave, Omaha, Nebraska." The preprinted return address on the envelope is "Wendel Photographic Art Studios of New York," beneath which is written in pencil "Per Goodwin & Co." The purpose, or even the exact year of production, of this photograph is unknown. While most would assume this photo dates from 1888, our research suggests that this print does not date to the nineteenth century, but was in fact made after 1900. Wendell Photographic Art Studios was in business at the address on the envelope starting in 1902, through the late teens. It is also unknown why the photograph was sent to Doran, but we can only speculate that it was at his request. This extraordinary photograph is proof that no matter how much material surfaces over the years, there is always the promise of a new discovery of significance relating to cards which will fascinate even the most advance collectors. The contrast of the photograph is flawless. There is a light horizontal crease through Doran's feet (barely visible), some minor chipping along the bottom border (possibly as made) and a small crease in the lower right corner. It is otherwise in Excellent condition. The mount measures 4.75 x 7.75 inches. The envelope is missing the top flap and has a few small tears, but is still in overall Good condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,044.00
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