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Circa 1871 Boston Red Stockings George Wright Cabinet Card by Warren Studios

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $17,625.00

Presented is an extraordinary circa 1871 cabinet card of George Wright featured in a full-length batting pose, produced by Warren's Photographic Studios of Boston. This is the most desirable subject from one of card collecting's most important nineteenth-century cabinet card sets. Warren Photographic Studios was very prominent in Boston at this time. When the core of the famous 1869-1870 Cincinnati Red Stockings team (including George and Harry Wright) moved from Cincinnati to Boston in 1871 to form the Boston Red Stockings of the newly organized National Association, the first professional baseball league, it was only natural that professional studio photographs were taken of the new stars of Boston. A cabinet card set was produced by Warren Studios featuring each player in a full-length pose in uniform. These are the very first individual baseball player cabinet cards of the professional era. It is unknown how these cabinets were distributed. All are extremely rare. George Wright is arguably the most desirable card in the set, because in addition to being the team's greatest star, he appears on very few cards alone. George Wright was also, of course, one of the most significant pioneers of early professional baseball. To the best of our knowledge, only three or four examples of this great rarity are known to exist. The offered example is an exciting new discovery. This card surfaced in 2006 when an antique dealer from Colorado found it in a collection of early ephemera in an estate. Incredibly, this was the only baseball item included in the entire collection. The cabinet card is in exceptional condition, with a few minute flaws including some light wear to the mount and a tiny surface scrape by George Wright's left foot. SGC's approach to grading a card of this type is different than ours, and they have assigned a grade of FAIR 20. We grade the card Vg-Ex due to these minor imperfections, but the card is extremely attractive and has a strong overall Excellent appearance. The cabinet card is very clean, both front and back, and the photograph has exceptional contrast. This is one of the best of all George Wright and individual player ninteenth-century Hall of Fame cabinet cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $17,625.00

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