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1890s Buster Burrell Baseball Cabinet-Card Collection (8) - Family Provenance
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,700
Collection of eight nineteenth-century cabinet cards, each depicting former major league catcher Frank "Buster" Burrell. These cards, along with an accompanying vintage "New York" pennant, were just recently discovered and purchased by our consignor directly from a relative of Buster Burrell! Together, the eight cabinet-card photographs provide a visual timeline of Burrell's baseball career, including his short stints with the New York Giants and Brooklyn Bridegrooms. Burrell began his professional career in 1891, playing for Salem in the New England League before joining the New York Giants at the end of the season. He did not see a major league diamond again until 1895, when he played three seasons for the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. The remainder of his professional career, which ended in 1907, was spent in the minors with eight various clubs in the New England League. Six of the eight cabinet cards in this collection picture Burrell in uniform. 1-2) Two picture him as a member of the New York Giants (two different poses) in 1891; 3) one pictures him as a member of the Brooklyn Bridegrooms (1895-1897); 4-5) two picture him in "action" poses as a member of the Minneapolis Minnies of the Western League in 1894 (his only year with the club); 6) and one other captures him as a member of the Fall River Indians of the New England League in 1893 (his only year with the club). 7-8) The other two cabinets picture him, respectively, as a teenager (posing with his bicycle next to a house) and as an adult (in formal attire; most likely during his tenure with Brooklyn; same photographer as his Brooklyn cabinet). Accompanying the cabinets is a vintage brown-felt pennant that reads "New York" in white felt letters. While we cannot state with certainty that this is an 1891 New York Giants baseball pennant, the possibility certainly exists, as it was found stored (folded up) together with his baseball cabinets. Most of the cabinets (approximately 4.25 x 6.5 inches; two slightly larger) display light surface wear and are in Excellent condition overall. The pennant displays two heavy folds, pinholes at the ends, and moderate wear to the fabric and lettering. In Very Good condition overall. Total: 9 items (8 cabinet cards and pennant). Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,700
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