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1885 Cincinnati Red Stockings Large-Format Team Cabinet with Bid McPhee
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $13,200
Extremely rare and simply extraordinary oversized team cabinet photo capturing fourteen members of the 1885 Cincinnati Red Stockings of the American Association, including Hall of Fame second baseman Bid McPhee. Of special note, this cabinet card originates from the personal collection of Hall of Famer Deacon White! (Deacon White's collection was sold at public auction by Hunt Auctions in 2006. He saved this cabinet card, no doubt, because his brother Will White is on the team.) All of the players are pictured in uniform (with the exception of Pop Snyder) and are identified in print (last name only) along the base of the mount: Mountjoy, Carpenter, Corkhill, Shallix, White, Powers, Fennelly, Baldwin, Peoples, McFee (sic), Snider (sic), Jones, Clinton, and Reilly. "Cincinnati Base Ball Club" is lettered along the base of the mount, as is the name of the photographer, "B. H. Herman." Although no year is listed, the printed identifications conclusively date it to the 1885 season. This is particularly early for an 1880s cabinet card with names identified on the mount; most 1880s team cabinets of this style date slightly later (most by two or three years). Nineteenth-century team cabinets have always been highly prized by card collectors and this example is further distinguished by its rarity and nonstandard size. We cannot recall having ever seen (let alone offered) another example of this particular Cincinnati Red Stockings cabinet card, which is also one of the very few cards to feature Bid McPhee. While this team cabinet card has the general design and appearance of the most highly regarded team cabinets of the era (such as Joseph Hall team cabinets), its dimensions are larger: the mount measures 8 x 5 inches (as opposed to the standard 4 x 6.5-inch dimensions of most cabinet cards of the era), making it an extremely unusual large-format team cabinet. The photo (7.25 x 4.25 inches) displays a few minor scratches and a tiny crease that extends inward from the mount along the left border (both of no consequence, mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy). The mount (8 x 5 inches), which is blank backed, displays a hint of wear to the corners (which are rounded, as made) and a few small edge creases. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. This is a spectacular team cabinet! SOLD FOR $13,200
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