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Nineteenth-Century Baseball and Boxing Cabinet-Card Collection (5)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $480
Collection of five nineteenth-century cabinet photos, and one circa 1916 photo, capturing both baseball players and boxers, including John L. Sullivan. Baseball Photos (3): 1) Circa 1880s team cabinet photo picturing thirteen members of an unidentified team posing together in a formal studio setting. Eleven of the individuals are in uniform, with each jersey reading "Herald." This is an extremely attractive image, notable for the fact that various period equipment, including bats, balls, gloves, catcher's mask, and catcher's chest protector, are either held by some of the players or are displayed on the ground in front of them. The photographer's credit, "Ryder - Syracuse," appears on both the side of the mount and the reverse. Both the photo and mount (6.5 x 4.25 inches) display light foxing, with the mount also displaying a large corner chip in the upper right. Photo is Ex; mount is Gd. 2) Circa 1885 cabinet photo of an unidentified individual. The studio photograph captures the formally attired gentleman in a bust-length pose. While we cannot be certain, the individual bears a resemblance to Mox McQuery, who played with Cincinnati in the Union Association in 1884, with Detroit and Kansas City of the National League, respectively, in 1885 and 1886, and with Syracuse and Washington of the American Association, respectively, in 1890 and 1891. The photographer's credit, "Blair - Worcester, Mass." appears on both the base of the mount and the reverse. The cabinet card (4.25 x 6.5 inches) displays light foxing and surface wear. Vg-Ex. 3) Circa 1916 photograph picturing eleven members of an unidentified baseball team posing together in front of a house. Ten of the players are in uniform, with all but two displaying the letters "OAC" on their jerseys. We are fairly certain that this photo pictures the Onondaga Nation Baseball Team, as we have seen other team photos of the Onondaga team that include the same formally attired manager pictured here (standing in the center; the other photos we have seen identify him as Newton Green). The team was made up of Native Americans from the Onondaga Nation, whose territory was located in upstate New York, south of Syracuse. The photo captures the club in a traditional team pose, with various equipment, including bats, gloves, and catcher's gear, displayed in front of them. The photo (8.5 x 6.5 inches) displays a few tiny creases. Ex. Boxing Photos (2): 1) Circa 1890 cabinet photo of former heavyweight champion John L. Sullivan. The studio photograph captures Sullivan in formal attire, including top hat. The photographer's credit along the base of the mount has been partially torn away and is no longer legible. No credit stampings appear on the reverse. In addition to the torn base of the mount, the card (4.25 x 6 inches) also displays a heavy diagonal crease that transverses Sullivan's head. A number of numeric pencil notations appear on the reverse. Fr-Gd. 2) Circa 1890 cabinet photo of a formally attired gentleman posing in a studo setting. While we cannot be certain, the gentleman bears a resemblance to Canadian boxing champion George LaBlanche. The photographer's credit, "Ryder - Syracuse," appears along the base. The card (4.25 x 6.5 inches) displays moderate surface wear. Vg. Total: 5 photos. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.SOLD FOR $480
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