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1873 Boston Base Ball Club Team Cabinet
Starting Bid - $4,000.00, Sold For - $16,240.00
This extremely rare team composite cabinet card (3.25 x 5 inches) features cameo portraits of the 1873 National Association champion Boston Base Ball Club, including Hall of Famers Harry Wright, George Wright, Jim O'Rourke, and Albert Spalding. Each player is identified in stylized print beneath his portrait. The 1873 Boston team cabinet has always been a favorite with sophisticated collectors of nineteenth-century baseball cards. This is one of the few cards of the most dominating team of the early 1870s, and one of the few to feature Al Spalding as a player. The 1873 Boston team card is quite distinctive from other nineteenth-century team cabinets in that it is smaller than a standard-sized cabinet card, but much larger than a CDV. This card often has somewhat light photos, which is the case with this example. Clean and perfectly centered. Some minor edge and corner wear with a few light marks on the reverse and "Boston BBC 1873" noted very lightly in pencil on the back, otherwise in Very Good to Excellent condition. This is fine example of this significant 1870s team cabinet card. Reserve $4,000. Estimate $8,000/$12,000. SOLD FOR $16,240.00
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