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Turn-of-the-Century Baseball-Photograph Collection (3)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $415
Addendum: We are virtually certain that the player pictured fourth from the right in the 1908 Hot Springs team photo is pitcher Eddie Cicotte. This very photo has sold at auction previously, at which time the auction description also identified the player fourth from the right as Cicotte.
Collection of three turn-of-the-century team baseball photos, each mounted cabinet-card style to a cardboard backing. 1) Circa 1890 photograph of an unidentified team posing together in front of a building. Eleven players are pictured, some in uniform and some apparently in street clothes. What makes this photo especially appealing is that various pieces of equipment, including bats, balls, catching masks, and a catcher's chest protector are displayed in front of them. One one of the bats (held by the player in the center) the "Spalding" brand name is clearly visible. The photo (9.5 x 7.75) displays significant corner chips in both the lower right and left, as well a number of additional edge tears, moderate toning, and a few small stains. Also, the left arm of player standing on the far right has been outlined in blue ink. The mount, which is nearly identical in size, displays a large chip in the lower right corner and numerous small edge tears. Both the photo and mount are in Fair condition overall, but they have been covered by an oval-shaped matting that hides nearly all of the flaws, leaving the photo with an overall Very Good to Excellent appearance. 2) Circa 1890 team photo of the Kittery Base Ball Club of New Hampshire. Nine uniformed team members are pictured posing together on a front lawn, together with an umpire, who is dressed in formal attire. Six of the players are holding bats, while two others are holding, respectively, a ball and a catcher's mask. Both the team and each of the individual players is identified in print on the base of the mount. The photographer's name, "L. V. Newell & Co., of Portsmouth, New Hampshire," is printed on the reverse of the mount. (Portsmouth and Kittery are neighboring towns). The photo (9.25 x 7.5 inches) displays light toning and is otherwise in Near Mint condition. The mount (12 x 10 inches) is moderately toned, with a few tiny edge tears, and is in Excellent condition overall. 3) 1908 Hot Springs Vaporites team photo. The photo captures thirteen uniformed members standing in front of a large team flag reading "1908 Hot Springs A. S. L." (A. S. L. stands for Arkansas State League, which was a Class D minor-league circuit at the time). A woman and gentleman, both in formal attire, are also pictured standing to the left of the flag. While none of the players are identified, research indicates that Jim "Hippo" Vaughn, who later became a five-time 20-game winner in the majors was on the Arkansas roster in 1908. The name of the photographer, "Arlington Studio of Hot Springs, Ark.," is printed in white at the base of the mount. The photo (9 x 7 inches) and mount (10.5 x 10 inches) are both affected by a few large tears that have been repaired by clear tape on the reverse of the mount, with the mount also displaying a number of large corner chips and edge tears. The photo is completely intact, save for a tiny chip in the lower right, and displays a small stain in the upper left corner. Fair condition overall. Total: 3 photos. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $415
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