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1878 Syracuse Stars Base Ball Club Team Cabinet Card
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,560
Extremely rare team cabinet card picturing ten members of the 1878 Syracuse Stars, members of the International Association. The players are all pictured in uniform posing in a formal studio setting. The photographer's credit, "P. S. Ryder" of Syracuse, New York, is stamped on the reverse. A faint black-ink number is written on the front of each player uniform that corresponds to a vintage handwritten identification list on the reverse. According to the list, the players pictured here are manager Mike Dorgan, Alex McKinnon, Jack Farrell, Hick Carpenter, Denny Mack, Pete Hotaling, Mike Mansell, Jimmy Macullar, and George Adams (the name of the first player listed is no longer legible). The names of many of these players will be very familiar to both nineteenth-century baseball historians and card collectors, as almost all had very substantial professional baseball careers in the years to follow, and many lasted long enough to appear in the N172 Old Judge set! This fact alone gives this 1878 team card a very special and rare appeal. The vintage black-ink notation "Stars - 1878/Champions of the/United States" also appears on the reverse. The Stars were formed in 1877 as an independent club before joining the International League in 1878. The following season they made the leap to the majors, joining the National League. Of the players identified on the reverse, five were members on the Stars' 1879 National League roster: Dorgan, Carpenter, Mansell, Macullar, and Adams. Unfortunately, the Stars of the National League did not fare well against stiffer competition and folded prior to the end of the 1879 season. The team did not reorganize the following spring. The card (6.25 x 4.25 inches), which appears to have a slight trim along the left border, displays rounded corners, a diagonal crease in the upper right corner, and a pinhole at the top. In Very Good condition overall.
SOLD FOR $1,560
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