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Circa 1885 Syracuse Stars Team Cabinet Photo

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $960

Addendum: Our thanks to baseball historian and facial recognition expert Mark Fimoff who has been able to identify each of the thirteen players pictured here. Back Row (standing, L-R): James Reardon, Charlie Osterhout, Doc Oberlander, and Frank Spill. Middle Row (seated, L-R): Tom Kearns, Hobart Van Allstyne, Henry Omsbee (Mgr.), Bob Casey, and Jay Faatz. Bottom Row (seated on the ground, L-R): Mac MacArthur, Dell Darling, Jim Devine, and John Humphries. According to Fimoff, the image of Kearns is the first photograph of him historians have ever seen (all of the other known images are woodcuts). Also, eight of the players pictured here reached the major leagues at some point in their respective careers: Osterhout, Oberlander, Kearns, Casey, Faatz, MacArthur, Darling, and Humphries.

Cabinet photo capturing thirteen members of the Syracuse Stars Base Ball Club posing together in a formal studio setting. Each player is pictured in uniform (with the exception of the manager), which features the team name "Star" printed on a bib-front jersey. The photographer's credit, Ryder - Syracuse, New York, is printed on the mount. Although not easily seen with the naked eye, the name of each individual pictured is printed in tiny letters along the base of the photo. Even with magnification, not all are legible, but we have been able to clearly identify the following names: Ornsbee (manager), Devine, Darling, Faatz, MacArthur, Reardon, and Kearns. Each of those players was a member of the 1885 Syracuse Stars, a minor-league club playing in the New York State League. This is a striking image and one of the more attractive team cabinets we have seen dating from this period. The photo displays a tiny tear near the left border (touching on the image of the player seated to the far left) as well as light, scattered foxing. The mount (6.5 x 4.25 inches) displays light edge and corner wear. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.


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