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Circa 1888 Radbourn and Connor Street Clothes Studio Cabinets Plus Program (3)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,525.00
Three of the best ballplayers of the nineteenth century are featured within this collection of two cabinet card photographs and one program: 1) Professional studio cabinet of Hall of Fame pitcher Charley “Old Hoss” Radbourn in street clothes. Produced by J. A. Brodie Photographic Art Studio, of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, with very elaborate advertising for the studio on the reverse. This photo appears to date to the early 1880s, at which time “Hoss” Radbourn was clearly the top pitcher in the National League. Radbourn won a league-high forty-eight games in 1883 and followed that up by winning a Major League record fifty-nine games the following season. Radbourn eventually finished his career with 309 wins (in only eleven full seasons). He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939. Both the photo and mount (4.25 x 6.5 inches) are in Near Mint condition. Radbourn's name has been written in pencil on the reverse. 2) Professional studio cabinet of Hall of Fame first baseman Roger Conner in street clothes. Produced by Montignani Photographic Art Studio of Bridgeport, Connecticut, with very elaborate advertising for the studio on the reverse. This photo most likely dates to circa 1885, at which time Connor was one of the top hitters in the game. Connor amassed 138 home runs during an eighteen-year career that spanned the years 1880 to 1897. While that total may not be impressive today, it certainly was during the "dead ball" era and it remained a record for twenty-four years until Babe Ruth finally broke it in 1921. Connor could also hit for average, as his .317 lifetime mark firmly attests. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1976. Both the photo and mount (4.25 x 6.5 inches) are in Excellent condition. Connor’s name has been written in ink on the reverse. 3) 1899 National League program for a game between Cincinnati and Chicago, played in Cincinnati. This is a very rare yearbook-style program, with portraits of nineteen team members, including Hall of Famers McPhee and Beckley presented on the interior pages. The striking cover features portrait images of Cincinnati team officials including team president J. T. Brush and manager Buck Ewing. The twenty-page program has not been scored and features Bid McPhee in the lineup for Cincinnati. Buck Ewing’s name has been scripted in pencil on the cover, but it is not in his hand. The program displays slight separation of the covers from the spine and is otherwise in Very Good to Excellent condition. From the Barry Halper Collection. Total: 3 items (2 cabinets and a program). Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,525.00
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