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Pair of Circa 1910 Cap Anson Large-Format Cabinet Photos - Anson Family Provenance!
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $600
Pair of cabinet photos capturing Hall of Fame first baseman Cap Anson as he appeared circa 1910. Each of the similar, yet distinct, professional studio portraits (5 x 7.25 inches) capture Anson in formal attire. The photographer's credit ("White - New York") appears on each photo and mount (7 x 10.75 inches). These cards are known to us because they appeared together as part of a larger framed display that REA sold in its April 2006 auction (Lot 763; sold for $1,044). All of the three items in the framed display, these two cabinet photos (the two primary items) and a Cap Anson theatrical advertising broadside/flyer, had the extraordinary provenance of having originated directly from the Anson family in the 1980s. Cap Anson is generally regarded as the preeminent baseball player of the nineteenth century. In addition to leading the National League in hitting on three separate occasions, he is also credited as the first player to record 3,000 hits in his career. As a manager, he led the White Stockings to five pennants and was the first to implement a spring-training regimen for his players. Unfortunately, Anson was also a racist, and his most ignominious "contribution" to the game took place in 1887. It was in that year, following Anson's refusal to take the field against a team with black players, that organized baseball adopted its infamous "Gentlemen's Agreement," which was an unwritten pact among team owners that effectively banned black ballplayers from professional baseball for the next sixty years. After Anson's retirement from the game in 1897 he saw his financial fortunes reversed. Most of his business endeavors ended in bankruptcy and in his later years he took to the stage, first solo, and then with his daughters, to help support his family. Both cabinets display light foxing, with one displaying slightly more in the upper left corner; otherwise each remains in Excellent condition. Total: 2 cabinets. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $600
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