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1877 Boston Team Cabinet Card with George Wright
Starting Bid - $2,000.00 , Sold For - $7,637.50
Extremely rare 1877 Boston BBC team cabinet photograph by legendary photographer J. Wood (208 Bowery). This is one of the premier team cabinet cards of the 1870s. The composite photograph features portraits of twelve members of the National League championship 1877 Boston Base Ball Club. Hall of Fame shortstop George Wright is pictured in the center above ace right hander Tommy Bond. Bond enjoyed a phenomenal season in 1877 as he became the first hurler in baseball history to win the pitcher's version of the "Triple Crown" (League leader in wins, ERA, and strikeouts). Other Boston players featured are Hall of Famer Jim O'Rourke, Deacon White, Lew Brown, Andy Leonard, John Morrill (spelled "Morrell" on the card), Tim Murnane, Ezra Sutton, Will White, Harry Schafer (spelled "Shaffer" on the card), and a player identified only as "Maning." The photographer's name ("J. Wood") and address ("208 Bowery) is printed along the lower margin. The reverse of the card also displays the J. Wood Studios advertising imprint and the printed pencil notation "Boston Red Stockings - 1877 won pennant." The cabinet card (4.25 x 6.5 inches) displays a small crease along the bottom left corner (not touching upon the photo), as well as a small amount of very light surface wear. All of the corners are naturally rounded as issued. Suberb contrast. Graded Fair 20 by SGC. This card has been graded very harshly by SGC and the assigned grade does not communicate the strong condition of this card. They have downgraded the card due to the light pencil notations on the reverse (which read "Boston Red Stockings 1877 won pennant") and very minor faults including a hint of foxing on the reverse. Rarely does a card receive such a modest technical grade and look so much better. We grade this card Very Good to Excellent condition. There are probably no more than five or six examples of this significant rarity are known to exist and the offered example ranks among the finest. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $7,637.50
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