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1886 Detroit Wolverines Tomlinson Cabinet Charlie Getzein

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,680

Rare cabinet card picturing Charlie Getzein as a member of the 1886 Detroit Wolverines. The photograph, taken in a formal studio setting, captures Getzein in a portrait pose, with "Detroit" across his chest. The photographer, Tomlinson ("236 Woodward"), is identified in print at the base of the mount. The Detroit Wolverines were frequent visitors to Frank. N. Tomlinson's photography studio in 1886, as evidenced by the various team cabinets that have survived. While none of those 1886 Detroit team cabinets would be referred to as "common," they are not nearly as rare as individual cabinets of Detroit players from that season. To date, we have only offered a single individual player cabinet, Hall of Famer Ned Hanlon, which appeared as lot #1591 in REA's 2012 auction (realizing $11,850). In 2009, an extremely historic and exciting find of fifteen Tomlinson cabinets was introduced into the hobby by an elderly woman who recalled her father living near the Wolverines ballpark as a child and possibly obtaining the cabinets directly from a team source. The offered cabinet of Getzein is additionally significant in that it is one of only a few portrait-format images of team members known to exist (the balance of the team, including the Hanlon sold by REA in 2012 and the Manning offered individually in this auction, appear in full-length poses in front of a detailed backdrop). The image of Getzein is also of special note as it is the very same one used on his 1888 N338-2 S. F. Hess card. The photo displays extraordinary clarity. The mount (4.25 x 6.5 inches) has minor border and corner wear, as well as some insignificant scattered pinpoint foxing on front and back. This would be a worthy and significant addition to even the most advanced nineteenth-century baseball collection. SOLD FOR $1,680

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