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Pair of 1890 Morgan Bulkeley Imperial Cabinet Photos (Hall of Fame 1937)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $240
Each of these two imperial cabinet photos captures Connecticut Governor Morgan Bulkeley posing with officers of the Connecticut National Guard at Camp Embler, in Niantic, Connecticut, in 1890. Bulkeley was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937. Despite a distinguished political career, which included a term as United States Senator, Morgan Bulkeley is best known by baseball fans today as the first president of the National League in 1876, a position he held for just one year before being succeeded by William Hulbert. In 1905, he once again became involved in baseball by serving on the Mills Commission, a fact-finding body that was responsible for the long-held myth that Abner Doubleday invented baseball. Nineteenth-century cabinet photos of playing stars are widely recognized as extremely valuable, but collectors rarely see early cabinet photos of baseball executives that have been elected to the Hall of Fame. This lot presents a very interesting opportunity for a Hall of Fame card or photo collector. Each cabinet photo is lettered "Camp Embler, Niantic, Conn., Aug. 18 to 23, 1890" along the base of the mount and bears the photographer's credit stamp of "Lloyd." Period handwritten notations on the reverse identify many of the military personnel pictured. Both cabinets (10 x 8 inches) display edge and corner wear, as well as light-to-moderate foxing. In Very Good condition overall. Total: 2 cabinet photos. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $240
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