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1888 St. Louis Browns Team Cabinet Card
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,643.75
Striking studio image of the 1888 American Association champion St. Louis Browns. This rare team cabinet card is sometimes referred to by collectors as simply "The Famous World Beaters" team card, as that is how the World Champion St. Louis Browns are identified on the mount. Along with individual player identifications, which correspond to numbers on their respective images, the mount is captioned: "The Famous World Beaters St. Louis Browns. Champions of Am. Association Four Successive Years, 1885, '86, '87, '88. Worlds Champions, 1886, 1887." In honor of their fourth consecutive American Association title, owner Chris Von Der Ahe bought each member of the team a matching striped jacket. In this photograph, taken by the very prominent F. W. Guerin Photographic Studios of St. Louis, the team is pictured wearing these jackets. The photograph includes fifteen players, including team captain Charles Comiskey (center), Tommy McCarthy, Tip O'Neil, Arlie Latham, and “Silver” King. The team mascot (youngster dressed in uniform, top row center) and the team's two greyhounds are also included. The reverse of the cabinet card features advertising for the F. W. Guerin Photography Studio in St. Louis. This cabinet card once resided in the personal collection of former player and well-known sportswriter Timothy Murnane. Apparently, Murnane once loaned this photo to be used in a period baseball guide, as noted by the black ink inscription on the reverse: “Please use in Minor League guide – Send picture back to Murnane.” An additional handwritten notation on the reverse, in pencil, reads “Copyrighted 1888 F. W. Guerin.” The cabinet card (6.5 x 4.25 inches) displays light soiling on both the photo and mount. The photograph has flawless contrast. In Very Good condition. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,643.75
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