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Circa 1893 Cleveland Spiders Patsy Tebeau Cabinet Card (Same Image Used For "Just So Tobacco" Issue) - Once Owned By Cy Young!
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,700
This extraordinary circa 1893 cabinet photo of Cleveland Spiders infielder Patsy Tebeau has the special provenance of having once resided in the personal collection of Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young, who was Tebeau's teammate from 1890 to 1898. This is one of seven nineteenth-century cabinet photos belonging to Young that first came to auction in August 2014 (at SCP Auctions). All seven cabinet cards were originally mounted in a scrapbook kept by Young, who then later removed them from the album and sent them to a friend, sometime in the 1930s. (When discovered, they were accompanied by the original mailing envelope sent by Young!) Even without the extraordinary provenance, the fact that some of the cabinet photos were used to create the legendary Just So Tobacco cards of the 1893 Cleveland Spiders makes the discovery of these photographs one of the all-time great card-related finds. Just So Tobacco cards have long been revered as among nineteenth-century card collecting's most legendary rarities. The fact that Cy Young has personally identified each player in ink along the bottom of the photo is an extraordinary added element of interest and appeal, and immediately identifies the provenance of the Just So Tobacco cabinet cards (though to the best of our knowledge, all examples originate from this single miraculous find with Cy Young provenance). This example is labeled "Pat Tebeau: in both black and blue ink. It appears that the photo was originally just labeled "Pat," but when he sent the card to his friend he went over the "Pat" again in blue ink and added the last name. The card has been encapsulated by PSA/DNA, with the scripted ink notation certified by the company as "Cy Young Authentic Handwriting." The image of Tebeau seen here is the very same one used for his extremely rare 1893 Just So Tobacco card. The photograph captures Tebeau in uniform as he poses in a formal studio setting. The photographer's credit, "Pifer & Beeker - Cleveland, Ohio," appears both on the base of the mount and reverse. The cabinet card (4.25 x 6.5 inches) displays a thin strip of paper loss along the top reverse border resulting from its removal from the album, as well as minor handling and surface wear; it is otherwise in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $2,700
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