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Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Baseball Team Photograph Collection (10)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,527.50
Collection of ten original cabinet-style mounted photographs, all featuring baseball clubs (mostly amateur) from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, including an extraordinary team photograph featuring the 1909 Norfolk Base Ball Team of the Virginia State League. The Norfolk team photo is an exceptional display photograph both in terms of size and quality, and was very likely produced for the members of the team. These are great early images, with tremendous detail, featuring teams in uniform with equipment (bats, gloves, etc.). Measurements given reflect the size of the photo, not the mount. 1) Circa 1886 Buffalo team of the International League (14 x 11 inches, matted and framed to 18.5 x 15.75 inches). We believe (though are not certain) that we have identified this team correctly, and that the "R" on the jerseys represents the "Richmond-Summer" section of Buffalo (the Buffalo grounds were on Richmond Avenue as well). Baseball pioneer and former Brooklyn Atlantics star John Chapman is pictured in street clothes as manager in the middle of this photograph, and he was the manager of the Buffalo Club at this time, immediately after Buffalo left the National League, although perhaps he also managed for Rochester and the "R" stands for "Rochester'). Tremendous detail, appears to be in its original frame, Excellent condition. 2) 1890 Brown University team photograph (9.5 x 7 inches). An “Arthur D. Nyatt” (Brattleboro, Vermont.) photographer’s stamp appears on the reverse. 3) 1893 "Bates" team photograph, very unusual and interesting team pose (9.5 x 7.5 inches). 4) 1892 Downsville Base Ball Club, exceptional high-quality cabinet card style with identifications on mount, reminiscent of a large Joseph Hall team cabinet (8 x 6 inches). 5) 1899 New York City Municipal Assembly Base Ball Team (13.75 x 9.75 inches, framed to 20.25 x 17.25 inches). The date “May 13, 1899” is printed on the mount. On that date the Municipal Assembly team met a team comprised of New York reporters at the Polo Grounds. The reporters were victorious that day and received an engraved silver shield from James Coogan, owner of the Polo Grounds. Astute collectors may remember that shield, as it was once owned by Barry Halper and appeared as Lot 331 in the famed 1999 Barry Halper Sale at Sotheby's. It is especially interesting to note that two team members in the front row are holding and displaying for the camera two 1899 New York Giants jerseys. 6) Circa 1900 unidentified team (7.5 x 4.75 inches). 7) 1909 Norfolk Base Ball Club (16 x 11.75 inches, framed to 22.25 x 18.25 inches), players identified on mount. Flawless contrast. Mint condition. 8) 1910 Kennebunk High School Base Ball Club (9.5 x 7.5 inches) 9) Circa 1910 unidentified amateur team, players lined up (13.25 x 5.5 inches). 10) Circa 1910 unidentified team (7.75 x 4.25 inches). Faint pencil notations on the reverse appear to indicate that the team is from New Hampshire. The photos range in grade from Very Good to Near Mint, averaging Excellent overall, with the exception of the 1909 Norfolk Team photo which is in Mint condition. This is a fascinating collection of high-quality original team photos, with several noteworthy highlights, which capture the spirit of America and the National Pastime from a long ago era. Total 10 photographs. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,527.50
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