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1886 Jim Hart's Louisville-California Tour Cabinet Card
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,450.00
Outstanding 1886 composite cabinet card features Jim Hart's Louisville-California Combination team. In December of 1886, manager Jim Hart arranged for his Louisville team of the National League to travel to San Francisco for a barnstorming tour. Hart added a few California League players to the roster, and proceeded to win 20 games in a row before finally losing to the California League's Haverly team. This widely publicized tour is credited with dramatically increasing interest in winter baseball in California in the 1880s. Very little has survived relating to baseball in California in the 1880s. This is one of the most interesting and unique cabinet cards of the era, featuring the Louisville-California Combination team, produced to commemorate the tour, by studio photographer P. Sewell of San Francisco. This unusual and extreme rarity is one of only several known to exist. Crisp and clean, both front and back. Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $3,450.00
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