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LOT WITHDRAWN - Fred Tenney Baseball Collection Including 1897 Baltimore Trophy Ball (7)
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For -
Please note: This lot has been withdrawn from the auction due to an issue relating to title.
This collection of seven nineteenth-century baseball items all relate in some way to former Major League first baseman Fred Tenney. The collection is comprised of a circa 1905 first baseman's glove attributed to Fred Tenney, an 1897 trophy ball, four cabinet-style photographs, and an original artwork. Tenney broke into the Major Leagues as a left-handed catcher in 1894 with Boston but was later moved to first base in 1897. With the exception of a brief two-year stint with the Giants (1909-1910), Tenney played his entire career in Boston, retiring in 1911 with a lifetime .294 average. He also managed the Braves from 1905 through 1907, and again in 1911. Following his playing career he joined the staff of the The New York Times as a contributing baseball columnist. He passed away in 1952. 1) Circa 1905 Reach left-handed first baseman's glove. The heavily worn glove features a buckle wrist strap on the reverse, adjacent to which is the Reach trademark label. Nearly all of the stampings on the front of the glove have been obscured by wear; however, one can still make out traces of the Reach logo as well as the words "Reach Professional." Despite the wear, the leather remains supple and all of the lacing is intact. JSA Authentication has examined this glove under a video spectral comparitor machine and has located the last-name signature "Tenney" in Fred Tenney's hand, strongly supporting the attribution of this glove to Fred Tenney. A printout of the image has been provided by JSA and accompanies, along with a letter from James Spence/JSA Authentication. This attribution of this glove to Tenny is also consistent with the consignor's claim that this glove (as well as the other materials in this lot) originated from the Tenney family, and that he was told this was Fred Tenney's glove, though no additional provenance is included. In addition, the glove appears to be a perfect match to gloves worn by Tenney as seen in various photographs. 2) 1897 Trophy Ball. The highlight item of this lot is this trophy ball. Though we have seen many trophy balls dating from earlier years, even back to the 1850s, it is actually much rarer to find a decorated ball dating from the 1890s as this long-standing tradition had largely been discontinued by this late date. The olive-brown painted ball is lettered in black paint: "Boston vs. Baltimore - Sept. 27, 1897." Boston and Baltimore waged a furious battle for the pennant in 1897, with Boston eventually capturing the flag by two games. This ball, based upon the date, may have been from the pennant-clinching game that season. Unfortunately for Tenney and the Boston Beaneaters (as they were known at that time), Baltimore took its revenge by defeating Boston in the Temple Cup that fall (which began on October 4th), thus capturing its second consecutive World's Championship. The ball displays light crazing and a number of minor chips to the paint. In Very Good condition. 3 ) Carl Horner cabinet card (5.25 x 7.25 inches). The formal studio pose pictures Tenney in uniform, circa 1895. Advertising for Carl Horner's studio appears along the base of the mount. Tenney's name is written in pencil on the reverse. The photo has a small stain to the right of Tenney's portrait and light surface wear. The mount displays some minor edge wear. Overall Vg-Ex. 4) 1897 Elmer Chickering cabinet card (4.25 x 6.5 inches). The formal studio pose pictures Tenney in uniform. Chickering's name and logo appears at the base of the mount. Tenney is identified in white lettering along the bottom of the photo. The copyright notice, also in white lettering, appears in the lower right corner of the photo: "Copyright by F. G. Selee and F. O. Woodruff, '97." Tenney's name appears in pencil on the reverse. The photo has two tack holes and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. The mount also has an additional small tack hole in the lower left. The reverse displays a strip of minor surface paper loss along the bottom from having once been mounted in an album. 5) Cabinet card (5.5 x 7 inches) with Tenney's name printed in the lower left corner. Other players from this series have been seen. These cabinet cards, which feature printed images (as opposed to an original photograph image as is the case with the other cabinet cards in this lot) mounted on a black cabinet card mount, have been identified by card collectors as dating from circa 1904, though little is known about them. The image featured is identical to the image on the Horner cabinet card. Vg-Ex . 6 ) Cabinet card photo (5 x 9 inches). The full-body pose pictures Tenney in uniform. Tenney's image has been heavily silhouetted in red paint, strongly suggesting that this image may have been used for publication. Tenney's name and address are written in pencil on the reverse as is the notation "Taken 1897 or 98." Tenney's photographic image displays a few tiny stains and is otherwise in Excellent condition. The mount displays heavy edge and corner wear. 7) Circa 1900 original pen-and-ink artwork rendered on thin board (6.5 x 10.25 inches). Signed by the artist, "H. C. Laskey," in the lower left. The black-ink caption reads "How Fred Tenney looks when he walks to the players seat after fanning." The notation "Compliments of Tom Tucker" is written in pencil along the base. Most likely used for a newspaper illustration. The artwork displays two tack holes along the top and chips at each corner. Vg. Total: 7 items (glove, trophy ball, four cabinet cards, and an original artwork). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR
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