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1910 Jake Beckley Cabinet Card
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $822.50
Ornate studio cabinet capturing Hall of Fame first baseman Jake Beckley in 1910 as player/manager of Bartlesville, a minor league club in the Western Association. Produced by Millard’s Studio of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, as noted along the base of the mount. This is a very rare, possibly unique studio cabinet photograph of Beckley with an oval photo mounted on a specially designed mount. Beckley, known during his playing days as “Eagle Eye,” was one of many players whose career bridged two centuries. He began his Major League career in 1888 as a member of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys and ended it twenty years later, in 1907, with the St. Louis Cardinals. During that span he batted over .300 on thirteen separate occasions and finished his career with a .308 lifetime average. He also holds the record for games played at first base (2,377) and for putouts by a first baseman (23,709). Following his Major League career, Beckley continued to play ball in the minor leagues for another four years. This cabinet dates from his post major league career and was taken during his tenure as player/manager with Bartlesville in the summer of 1910. Despite his advanced age of forty-three, Beckley batted .257 in seventy games and had thirteen stolen bases. He passed away in 1918 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1971. This is an extremely rare image of Beckley. The oval photo is in Near Mint condition, with flawless clarity and contrast. The mount (5.5 x 7.5 inches) displays light toning and Beckley’s name is written in vintage blue ink on the reverse. We have never seen another example from this series. It is possible that portraits of all members of the team were produced, and we speculate that this cabinet photo may have originally been part of a larger display created by the photographer's studio when producing a team composite. From the Barry Halper Collection. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $822.50
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