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Lot # 1790 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1888 Chicago White Stockings Team Cabinet Card with Cap Anson

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,851.25

Extremely rare team cabinet card featuring portraits of the Chicago White Stockings of the National League from 1888. This card was just recently discovered in the attic of an old Pennsylvania home! The Chicago White Stockings were one of the top teams of the league, featuring Hall of Famer Cap Anson, as well as several other nineteenth-century stars such as Jimmy Ryan and George Van Haltren. This piece can be dated to 1888 as it was the only season in which team members Marty Sullivan and Duke Farrell, both featured in the photo, played together for Chicago. This unusual composite team card features portraits in street clothes, with each player identified beneath his picture. This cabinet card mount features a fancy deckle edge design, with gold leaf trim along the edges almost entirely intact. An elaborately designed advertisement for the J. K. Stevens Photography Studio of Chicago appears on the reverse. An advertisement for the Studio also appears on the front at the bottom of the mount. The cabinet presents with outstanding photo contrast. Some minor chipping along the left border of the photo is present (not affecting player images). A faint pencil notation at the top of the reverse reads "1888 Chicago White Stockings". A light vertical crease extends along the reverse right edge, likely a result of improper storage throughout the years. Despite these minor flaws, the cabinet presents very well and is particularly striking in design. This is a very attractive and extremely rare nineteenth-century cabinet card featuring one of the most prominent teams of the era and including Cap Anson. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,851.25

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