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Collection of Materials from the Varney Anderson Estate (Player in N172 Old Judge set) Including Three Baseball Cabinets
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $840
Presented is a fascinating archive of materials, including several nineteenth-century baseball cabinet photos, originating from the family of Varney Anderson, whose professional career spanned the years 1887 to 1898. Card collectors may be familiar with Anderson for his inclusion in the N172 Old Judge set as a member of the St. Paul Apostles of the Western Association (Anderson appears in five different poses in the N172 set). While Anderson never saw Major League action, he was a workhorse in the minor leagues, pitching 106 complete games in 116 career starts, including an impressive 40 complete games in 40 starts as a 21-year-old with Milwaukee in 1887.
The collection is comprised of the following: 1-2) 1890 Monfort & Hill Studios Varney Anderson. Each cabinet features Anderson in uniform (identically posed) as a player/manager with the Burlington Hawkeyes. The photo contrast on each cabinet, which measure 6.5 x 4.25 inches, is superb. One cabinet presents in Vg condition overall, with a small chip to the top right corner and light staining in the borders, but would technically grade lesser due to Anderson’s name written in ink on the reverse. The other cabinet grades Pr due to small pieces missing from the top and bottom borders and Anderson’s name written in ink on the reverse. 3) c.1894 W. A. Reed Studios Varney Anderson. Cabinet card featuring Anderson in a posed portrait setting and likely dating to his time as a member of the Mobile Bluebirds of the Southern Association. The image of Anderson dressed in a suit displays with exceptional contrast. The cabinet presents as Vg-Ex overall but would techincally grade lesser due to Anderson's name being written in ink on the reverse, which also features ornate advertising for the studio. 4) 1897 Wheat Studios Rockford Forest Citys Team Cabinet. Superb team cabinet, which measures 6.5 x 4.25 inches and features eleven players along with Anderson as manager in the middle in front of a studio backdrop. Anderson is wearing a suit while the players are in generic sweaters and pants. The photo contrast is superb, and the cabinet presents as VG overall, with rounding at the corners (slightly more in the upper right). It would, however, grade lesser due to the names of each player being written in ink on the blank reverse. 5-9) Undated Varney Anderson Studio Cabinets. Each cabinet features Anderson in formal attire (one of the cabinets includes an unidentified man alongside him). Three of the cabinets are produced by Armstrong Studios, one is by Wheat Studios, and one is by Erickson Studios, all of Rockford, Illinois. The Armstrong Studios cabinets measure 7 x 9 inches, except for one, which is trimmed down to the image area only and measures 3.75 x 5.5 inches. Each cabinet presents as Vg, with wear and chipping to the edges. Anderson is identified in ink on the front image area of one of the larger cabinets and the trimmed-down cabinet; he is identified in ink on the reverse of the third cabinet. The Wheat Studios cabinet also features Anderson in formal attire and presents Gd overall, with exceptional photo contrast but advanced rounding to the corners and Anderson's name in ink on the blank reverse. The Erickson Studios cabinet measures 6.5 x 4.25 inches and features Anderson and an unidentified man. The contrast is outstanding, and the cabinet presents as Vg-Ex overall, but would grade lesser due to names written in ink on the reverse (the unidentified man is described as "Wm. Anderson(??)"). 10-11)c.1910 Real-Photo Postcards. Pair of undated real-photo team postcards, each featuring posed teams (neither of which appear to include Anderson). One team is Rockford and the other is identified on the uniforms only as Orioles. The photo contrast on each postcard is exceptional. The Orioles postcard grades Vg overall due to a small corner crease, but otherwise presents as Excellent. The Rockford postcard grades Fr due to heavy corner creases in the top and bottom right corners, a small tear along the left edge, and the year "1913" written in pencil on the reverse. 12-14) 1926 and 1929 Association of Professional Ball Players of America Items. Typewritten letter dated January 7, 1926, from Russ Hall as Secretary for the APBPA inviting Anderson to join the organization aimed at "helping the unfortunate ball player" and enabling the group to "keep the ball player from becoming an object of charity in his old age." The letter is folded in sixths and is accompanied by its original mailing envelope. Also included is a Constitution and By Laws booklet (3.5 x 5.5 inches, Ex-Mt) from 1926 and one from 1929 (3.5 x 6 inches, Ex). Several notable Major Leaguers are listed as Directors or Officers, including Walter Johnson, Eddie Collins, and Sam Crawford. 15) Family Scrapbook. Contains twenty-seven family CDVs and cabinet cards, at least two of which appear to picture Varney Anderson. One interesting cabinet card features a young child holding a baseball bat (identified on the reverse as Louis Emily Anderson). The individual pieces are overall Excellent (many would technically grade lesser due to names written on the reverse). The scrapbook displays heavy wear along the spine and covers. 16-17) Two Non-Vintage 1895 Washington Team Photos. These two photos, printed on thin, glossy stock, are modern prints but are attractive and ideal for display with the other items in the collection.
This is a fascinating collection of material, highlighted by several beautiful nineteenth-century baseball items, originating from the family of Varney Anderson. Total: 16 items and one scrapbook containing 27 additional items. Reserve $400. Estimate (open).SOLD FOR $840
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