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1899 Hugh Duffy Cabinet Card (E. Chickering Studios)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,232.50
Formal studio cabinet photo of Hall of Fame outfielder Hugh Duffy produced in 1899 by extremely prominent Boston studio photographer Elmer Chickering. Chickering was responsible for virtually all quality images of the Boston Nationals in the 1890s. The photograph pictures Duffy in uniform, in front of an elaborate studio backdrop, standing with hands on hips, and is lettered “Capt. Hugh Duffy” in the photo to the right of his feet. The photographer’s copyright notice (“Copyright 99 – by E. Chickering”) appears in the lower right. The photographer’s name also appears along the base of the mount. A traditional studio baseball cabinet card such as this, dating from the very late 1890s, is particularly rare and unusual. Studio cabinet cards of this style almost always date from the 1880s, and were largely phased out by the mid-1890s, let alone the late 1890s. During the window from 1895 to 1900, very few photographic images of Major League teams and players were produced, in stark contrast to the explosion of production in the late 1880s. This is an extraordinary cabinet card of Hugh Duffy. Duffy’s Major League career began in 1888 and in his first four years he played for clubs in the National League, Players League, and American Association. His travels ended in 1892 when he joined the Boston Nationals. For the next nine seasons he teamed with Tommy McCarthy to form the greatest defensive outfield duo in the history of the game. Duffy was also one of the top hitters of the era and he twice led the league in home runs, RBI and batting average. In 1894 he batted .440, a mark that still stands as the highest single-season average in history. Duffy batted .278 with 5 home runs and 102 RBI in 1899, which was his last full season in the Major Leagues and his penultimate season with Boston. He retired in 1906 with a lifetime average of .324 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1945. The photo has flawless contrast and is in Excellent to Mint condition. The mount (4.25 x 6.5 inches) displays a diagonal crease (possibly a break) in the lower left corner that has been repaired with clear tape on both the front and reverse, and has four small pieces of clear tape on the blank reverse (of no consequence, mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy) relating to it having once been matted and framed. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,232.50
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