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1888 N173 Goodwin Proof Cabinet (Bierbauer, Phila.)
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,276.00
Unusual N173 Goodwin Old Judge cabinet proof of Louis Bierbauer, second baseman of the Philadelphia Club of the American Association. Bierbauer has a very unique and interesting significance to the game. Bierbauer left the Athletics to join Brooklyn of the Players League for the 1890 season. When the Players League folded at the end of December, it was agreed that all players would return to their original teams. The Pittsburgh franchise did not honor this agreement and signed second baseman Louis Bierbauer, who belonged to his original team, the Philadelphia Club of the American Association. After being accused in the papers of being "Pirates," the Pittsburgh franchise adopted the nickname and refused to return Bierbauer to their cross-state rivals. The team has been known as the "Pirates" ever since. Produced by Gilbert & Bacon Photographic Studios of Philadelphia, the card is embossed "Copyrighted 1888, Goodwin & Co." in the lower left. Gilbert & Bacon was the premier baseball photographic studio in Philadelphia during the 1880s, and provided many images for use by Goodwin in the N172 and N173 Old Judge series. The elaborate outdoor-style background of this image, the fact that Bierbauer is a Philadelphia Athletics player, and the size of the photograph relative to the mount (the photo is almost flush to the border of the mount on three sides) all combine to give this cabinet card an appearance more similar to that of a Kalamazoo Bat cabinet card than an N173 Old Judge cabinet. This is a fascinating and particularly beautiful cabinet card with tremendous photo detail. The obvious use of a magnificent studio backdrop gives the image an extra point of interest and great visual appeal. A very elaborate advertisement for Gilbert & Bacon covers the entire reverse. The "Copyrighted 1888" imprint is very bold, the "Goodwin & Co." imprint is much lighter. Crisp and clean. "Louis Bierbauer" is neatly written in ink at the top of the reverse of the card. Near Mint condition. Reserve $300. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,276.00
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