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1883 Boston Nationals Team Cabinet Card and Photograph/Scorecard
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,972.00
Extremely rare large-format cabinet photograph (8.5 x 5.25 inches) of the 1883 National League champion Boston Beaneaters in a traditional team pose, in formal attire and in an elaborate studio setting. The photograph features player/manager "Honest John" Morrill seated in the center surrounded by the other ten team members: Burdick, Wise, Sutton, Hornung, Buffington, Hackett, Whitney, Hines, Radford and Smith. Team cabinet cards dating from the early 1880s are far rarer than those produced just a few short years later. The fact that this example dates from Boston's 1883 championship season makes it especially desirable. The photograph is in Excellent condition with outstanding contrast. The mount displays some corner wear and a few tiny areas of light discoloration. A few light pencil notations appear along the reverse. Accompanying the cabinet card is an unusual printed item that appears to be one-half of a fold-over scorecard. The front features the very same photographic image as that on the cabinet card. "Champions - 1883-4" is printed in red lettering along the top border, below which appear the names of each team member. The reverse is one-half of a scorecard sheet that displays the preprinted lineup for Boston. All of the players featured in the lineup were members of the 1883 Boston Nationals with the exception of Hall of Fame pitcher Pud Galvin and catcher Jack Rowe (each played with Buffalo that year). The fact that Galvin and his battery mate are listed with Boston suggests that this scorecard was probably from an early postseason barnstorming tour. The photo/scorecard (5.5 x 3.5) is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Total 2 items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,972.00
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