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1886 Detroit Wolverines Tomlinson Cabinet Jimmy Manning
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,800
Addendum: This cabinets features Jimmy Manning. It was misidentified in the printed catalog.
Rare cabinet card picturing Jimmy Manning as a member of the 1886 Detroit Wolverines. The photograph, taken in a formal studio setting, captures Manning in a full-length pose holding a bat in front of an ornate backdrop. 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 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 $1,800
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