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1889 M-UNC Police Gazette Cabinet Collection (17)
Starting Bid - $10,000, Sold For - $32,313
Extraordinary collection of seventeen different (fourteen baseball and three boxing) 1889 M-UNC Police Gazette cabinet cards, of which, the fourteen baseball are graded and encapsulated by SGC, including one newly discovered example which has not previously been seen and is not listed in the 2008 Standard Catalog checklist. Of special note are some of the extremely interesting subjects included, such as 1886-1889 American Association president Wheeler Wikoff and Bob "Death to Flying Things" Ferguson. Police Gazette cabinets cards are one of the rarest of all nineteenth-century baseball card issues. While similar in construction to N173 Old Judge cabinet cards, they are actually much rarer. The exact method of issue of this set is still unknown, but they were most likely issued as premiums by Police Gazette in 1889. The Police Gazette, one of the most prominent of all weekly periodicals of the era, provided in depth coverage of professional baseball. There are only thirty-five different baseball players currently known to date in the Police Gazette set. This extraordinary collection of fourteen represents nearly half the ball players known to exist. Included in this group are three players pictured in uniform and eleven players dressed in street clothes. The mounts of Police Gazette cabinets were issued with slightly rounded corners. The fourteen baseball Police Gazette cabinets are all SGC-encapsulated; the three boxers are not encapsulated. The collection consists of the following: 1) Brown (oval "S. F. Hess style" in uniform, newly-discovered, SGC Authentic, apparently due to very minor color touchups on the borders, Vg appearance, a little extra corner wear in lower left and upper right); 2) Carpenter (graded SGC POOR 10 due to tack holes, one in each corner, and ink stamp and player identification on reverse, otherwise Vg); 3) Fred Carroll (SGC FAIR 20 due to two very tiny, barely detectable border pinholes, otherwise a strong Vg card); 4) John Corkhill (SGC VG 40, gorgeous conservatively graded card with perfectly printed gilt-embossed imprint "Richard K. Fox - Publisher of the Police Gazette, Franklin Square, New York" on the bottom of the mount); 5) Bob Ferguson (SGC VG 40 due to corner wear, oval "S. F. Hess" style design, very striking card of this important nineteenth-century player, manager, and executive; Ferguson was a member of the 1870 Red Stockings, and served as president of the National Association from 1872 to 1875; as a player [1870-1884] his nickname was "Death to Flying Things" due to his great fielding abilities); 6) John Fields (SGC FAIR 20, a little chipping in upper right corner and pencil notations on reverse); 7) Bill Gleason (N172 Brownie Champ pose, SGC Authentic, bottom left corner missing and chipping in upper right corner, still a great-looking card, player identification in ink on reverse); 8) Gus Krock (SGC Authentic, apparently due to very minor color touchup on the bottom border; beautiful card, Vg-Ex appearance); 9) N. F. Pfeffer (SGC EX 60, bright and clean, front and back, with very little wear on the condition-sensitive edges and corners, gorgeous card, interesting mount variation with no advertising at bottom); 10) Danny Richardson (oval "S. F. Hess style" in uniform, SGC FAIR 20, a few notations on reverse, otherwise Vg); 11) Elmer Smith (SGC Authentic, color touchups on the borders, strong photo, beautiful card); 12) Harry Staley (SGC VG/EX 50); 13) George Tebeau (SGC VG 40); and 14) Wheeler Wykoff - Pres. American Association (SGC VG 40, crease in upper left and a little edge and corner wear, great-looking card; note Wykoff's name is misspelled as "Wikoff" on this card). To the best of our knowledge, this is the only card ever produced of American Association president Wheeler Wykoff, and this may be the only Police Gazette known of this important nineteenth-century executive. The three boxers (all "Richard Fox Studios" imprint on mounts): 1) Peter Maher (color touchups on the borders, o/w Gd); 2) John Morrissey (color touchups on the borders, o/w Vg. Note Morrissey's name is misspelled as "Morrisey" on this card), and 3) John L. Sullivan (color touchups on the borders, o/w Fr). Police Gazette cabinet cards are among the rarest and most significant of all nineteenth-century baseball-card issues. This unique offering is one of the largest (in fact, it may be the largest) and most important collections of this rare issue in existence. Total 17 cards (14 baseball and 3 boxing). Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $32,313
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