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1880s Baseball Cabinet Card Collection (15)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,624.00
Carefully assembled collection of fifteen circa 1880s baseball studio photographer cabinet cards. It has always been quite fortunate for collectors that both the game of baseball and the art of photography had their origins at roughly the same time. That fortuitous set of circumstances has left us with a rich photographic history of our National Pastime, a slice of which is beautifully presented here in this collection of fifteen cabinet card photographs of unidentified players dating from the 1880s. The opportunity to observe an important stage in the evolution of uniform styles, bats, balls and equipment, not to mention the presentation of the classic images of the players themselves, make this collection a special journey back in time. Each of these photos pictures one individual player in uniform, with all but two in full-length poses. Photography studio advertising tells us that some of these players herald from such diverse locales as Brockton, Massachusetts, Moulton, Louisiana, and Sparta, Illinois. Also included within the grouping is a very unusual cabinet photo picturing the young mascot for the Eclipse BBC produced by an Ohio photographer. Many of the players are pictured with their "tools of the trade," including bats, gloves and catching gear. The mounted photographs are in Near Mint condition, the mounts (averaging 4.25 x 6.5 inches) are in overall Excellent condition (a few have notations on reverse, one has a few pencil notations on the front right border). One of the mounts has been trimmed to slightly smaller dimensions while another photo (picturing a Yale team member) is not a true cabinet card and glue residue along the perimeter suggests it has been removed from a larger framed composite display. These photos, which were carefully assembled by our consignor over the course of many years, display fine clarity and provide us with a fascinating time capsule of a bygone era. Total 15 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,624.00
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