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1880s to 1920s Cabinet Card and News Photo Collection (3) Including California League Cabinet and Carl Horner Composite Photo
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,185
Fascinating collection of three photographic pieces spanning the 1880s to the 1920s. 1) c.1880s Westervelt Studio Cabinet: William Hulen of the Los Angeles Seraphs of the California League. Encapsulated as "Authentic" by SGC. Although the label dates this to c.1880s, it is more likely from 1892, which was Hulen's first year in professional baseball. The name and age of the subject are written on the reverse ("Will Hulen/ 21 yrs age"), which correspond to Hulen and his career (born 1870, first year in baseball 1892). Hulen is an interesting player, who went on to play professionally for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Senators. His claim to fame is the record for most games played at shortstop in a single season by a left-handed player (76 in 1896). The card displays outstanding photo contrast, even wear to the corners, light staining, and a heavy diagonal crease in the lower left, which breaks through to the reverse. The blank reverse has notations as mentioned above. 2) 1904 Carl Horner Individual Player Photo From Team Composite: Lefty Davis of the New York Highlanders. This is the actual camera-ready photo of Davis used as part of the production for a large Carl Horner team composite display. Oval photos of team members, each with his last name neatly written in ink underneath, were applied to thick stock and photographed to produce final composites. (This is a process used by Horner as well as many other photographers.) For this particular photograph, the original board with portrait photos was cut into individual player portions, measuring approximately 5 x 6 inches. Exceptional photo quality and a perfectly-preserved image area. Light wear to the mount is visible on front and back, including a few light stains and wrinkles, as well as an area of paper loss along the reverse bottom border. Excellent display value. 3) c.1916-1924 International News Photograph: Hall of Famer Stan Coveleski (Cleveland Indians). Type 1 news photograph (encapsulated as "Authentic" by Beckett) originating from the Baseball Magazine Archives (hologram from 1996 Christie's auction affixed to reverse). Presents as Very Good, with several pinholes in the borders. Coveleski's image has been outlined for emphasis, and standard news photo notations and stampings are visible on the reverse. This is an outstanding collection of three photographs from three different eras, featuring two notable highlights, that would make interesting additions to any prewar-baseball collection. Total: 3 items. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,185
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