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1888 Gilbert & Bacon "N173 Proofs" Cabinet-Card Collection Including Wilbert Robinson (10)
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $16,450
Extraordinary collection of ten different 1888 Gilbert & Bacon cabinet cards, including newly discovered examples of Hall of Famer Wilbert Robinson, Henry Larkin (new pose), and Tom Poorman, which have not previously been seen and are not listed in the 2011 Standard Catalog checklist. Gilbert & Bacon cabinet cards are one of the rarest of all nineteenth-century baseball cabinet card issues. They are similar in design to N173 Old Judge cabinet cards and in fact are closely related. Gilbert & Bacon was the premier baseball photographic studio in Philadelphia during the 1880s, and provided many images (including eight of the ten images presented here) for use by Goodwin in the N172 and N173 Old Judge series. The photograph on each cabinet is embossed "Copyrighted 1888, Goodwin & Co." in one of the lower corners. The elaborate outdoor-style background of the images, the fact that the set includes Philadelphia Athletics players (along with members of the Phillies), and the size of the photographs relative to the mounts (the photo is almost flush to the border of the mount on three sides) all combine to give these cabinet cards a very distinctive appearance more similar to that of Kalamazoo Bats cabinet cards than most N173 Old Judge cabinets. There are thirty-two different Gilbert & Bacon cabinet cards currently known (as checklisted in the 2011 Standard Catalog ). This extraordinary collection of ten represents seven of the ball players previously known to exist plus three newly discovered examples. The mounts of the cabinets were produced with slightly rounded corners, the company name "Gilbert & Bacon" and the city of "Philadelphia" printed along the bottom, and a very elaborate advertisement for Gilbert & Bacon covers the entire reverse. Each card has the correct player's name and/or a misidentified player's name written in pencil on the reverse. Please note the grades provided below are without reference to the pencil notations on the back of each card. The collection consists of the following: 1) #28-5 Louis Bierbauer tagging Gamble (Vg-Ex); 2) #30-4 Bill Blair (Ex); 3) #273-2 Henry Larkin (Vg/Vg-Ex); 4) #273-? Henry Larkin (Vg, newly discovered pose of Larkin sliding with right hand raised); 5) #283-2 Denny Lyons (Vg/Vg-Ex); 6) #371-3 Tom Poorman (newly discovered, Ex); 7) #388-? Wilbert Robinson (Vg-Ex, unissued pose of Robinson with ball in hands chest high, facing front); 8) #440-6 Harry Stovey (Vg); 9) #445-? Mike Sullivan (pinholes in the top right and lower left, otherwise Vg, unissued pose of Sullivan throwing with right arm back); 10) #491-3 Gus Weyhing (Vg-Ex). Gilbert & Bacon cabinet cards are among the most distinctive 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. From the Ron Menchine Collection. Total: 10 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open).
SOLD FOR $16,450
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