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Circa 1877 Fred Andrus Cabinet Card - Member of the 1876 National League Champion Chicago White Stockings
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $600
Cabinet card depicting outfielder Fred Andrus posing in uniform, circa 1877. The formal studio photo captures Andrus leaning on a bat, with a cap and ball lying at his feet. Neither the uniform nor the cap display any team identifiers. The photographer's credit, "Harry Sutter 128 Wisconsin Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin," appears along the base. The name "Fred Andrus" is written in pencil on the reverse, as is the notation "To cousin of H. C. Wilcox." Andrus' professional baseball career was brief, only three seasons, but he holds the distinction of being a member of the 1876 Chicago White Stockings, champions of the newly formed National League. Andrus, who was twenty-five years old at the time, only appeared in eight games with the White Stockings in 1876, but he made the most of it, batting .306 with two RBI in his thirty-six at bats. The following year he was player/manager of Milwaukee's entry in the League Alliance, a minor-league circuit. Andrus then exits the record books for the next six seasons before appearing one last time, as a pitcher, for the Chicago White Stockings in 1884. Given the photographer's locale, it seems fairly certain that this photo pictures Andrus during his one season with Milwaukee in 1877. The cabinet card (4.25 x 6.5 inches) displays a number of obvious flaws, including heavy corner wear (with a small area of paper loss in the upper right), minor creases, and a moderate blemish that touches upon Andrus' right leg. Encapsulated and graded POOR 10 by SGC. Despite the condition anomalies, the photo itself displays fine clarity and presents at a level higher than that suggested by the card's technically accurate grade. The Chicago White Stockings 1876 championship roster consisted of just eleven players. This card depicts one of them, making it an extremely rare, interesting, and highly desirable nineteenth-century player cabinet. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $600
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