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1872 Harry Schafer Red Stockings CDV (George Wright Collection)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,410.00
This rare CDV of Boston Red Stockings third baseman Harry Schafer was produced in 1872. It is an exceptional sample of one of the earliest of all sets featuring baseball players and is of all the greater note for its special provenance of originating from the estate of Hall of Fame shortstop George Wright. The studio photo captures Schafer in formal attire, including a decorative championship baseball pin with a hanging figural red sock on his vest. The name of the photographer appears along the base of the mount (“Warren, 289 Washington St. Boston”). This CDV was recently discovered among a small number of baseball items from George Wright’s estate. Interestingly, it was not found as an individual piece, but was instead housed within a large team composite of the 1872 Boston Red Stockings, who were champions of the National Association that season. The composite was comprised of the complete set of eleven Boston portrait CDVs by Warren, all of which were matted in such a manner that each player image was presented as a smaller, oval image. When the original purchasers of the composite disassembled the piece, the offered CDV was one of only three that remained perfectly intact (all of others displayed clipped corners related to the assembly of the display by the photographer). The only “flaw” to the piece is the fact that due to its original presentation the outline of the oval matting is still visible on the photo. Otherwise, the CDV remains in extraordinary Near Mint condition. It has been encapsulated by SGC and labeled “Authentic.” Schafer and Wright were teammates for eight consecutive seasons, first with Boston of the National Association (1871-1875) and again with Boston of the National League (1876-1878). The 1872 team composite found in Wright’s collection, from which the offered piece is derived, obviously had special significance for him, as it represented Boston’s first pennant-winning club in the National Association (the first professional baseball league). This is an extraordinary CDV, both with regard to condition and provenance, dating from the dawn of professional baseball. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,410.00
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