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1888 Cincinnati Red Stockings Joseph Hall Imperial Cabinet Photo
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $3,525.00
Extremely rare Joseph Hall imperial team cabinet photograph (14 x 10.75 inches) featuring the
1888 Cincinnati Red Stockings of the American Association. This is a very unusual, extremely large team cabinet photograph. Normal Joseph Hall team cabinets measure 4.25 x 6.5 inches, but several larger imperial cabinet team cards of this incredibly large size are known. These larger team cabinet photographs were no doubt much more expensive than the standard-size cabinet team cards, which probably explains their extreme rarity today. This is the first imperial Joseph Hall team photograph of the Cincinnati Red Stockings that we have ever seen, and one of only several that we have seen of any team. The photograph captures eleven members of the 1888 Cincinnati Red Stockings in front of the grandstand in a classic team pose. The players include Hall of Fame second baseman Bid McPhee, John Reilly (one of the top hitters in the League that year), Tony Mullane, Lee Viau, Hugh Nicol, and Hick Carpenter. All of the players are pictured in uniform with the exception of Tony Mullane (standing in the center). Each player is identified in print along the bottom of the mount, as is the team and year. The photographer's copyright stamp, "Photo & Copyright - Jos. Hall - 1888," appears in the photo in white lettering in the lower right. Joseph Hall was the preeminent baseball photographer of the late 1880s and his cabinet photos are among the most desirable from the era. While any and all team cabinet photos from the 1880s are scarce, imperial team cabinets are exceedingly rare. It is interesting to note that this photo was almost certainly taken at Brooklyn due to the fact that Hall was a New York based photographer and the props the players are sitting upon, as well as their arrangement in front of the grandstand, are identical to those featured in an 1888 Joseph Hall team cabinet photo of the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. Obviously, both the Hall cabinet photo of Brooklyn and the offered photo were taken on the same day, with the teams taking turns posing on the steps and benches provided by Hall. (These props seem to be standard for Hall team cabinets, as they are also used in his team photo of the New York Giants from the same year.) The sepia photo displays outstanding clarity and measures 13.25 x 10.25 inches. The surface has two small water stains, a few light abrasions, creases, and a corner chip (also affecting the mount) in the lower left. A few tiny tears also affect the top border of both the mount and photo. The mount measures 14 x 10.75 inches and has a diagonal crease in the lower left corner (just above the chip). While technically in Good to Very Good condition, this is a very impressive-looking large nineteenth-century team photograph that is ideal for display. The central image area is largely unaffected and the photograph presents as Excellent. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,525.00
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