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1888 St. Louis Joseph Hall Team Cabinet Including Comiskey and McCarthy
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $14,100
Extremely rare team cabinet photograph (4.25 x 6.5 inches) from the Joseph Hall series captures the 1888 American Association champion St. Louis Browns posed in front of the stadium grandstand. Joseph Hall team cabinets have long been revered by collectors as among the most highly prized of all nineteenth-century cabinet issues, and are universally regarded as the premier team cabinet-card series of the era. This is an exceptional example featuring one of the nineteenth century's most prominent championship teams, the legendary "Brownie Champs." The photograph is particularly striking, with fans in their bowler hats clearly visible in the stands in the background. Along with individual player identifications, which correspond to numbers on their respective images, the mount is captioned: "Jos. Hall, Photo., 111 Fulton St., Brooklyn, N.Y. - St. Louis Ball Club, 1888. - World Champions - 1885, 1886, 1887." The photograph includes thirteen players, including team captain Charles Comiskey (center), Tommy McCarthy, Tip O'Neil, Arlie Latham, and “Silver” King. The mount has two very tiny nicks along the left and right edges, a touch of wear to the upper right and left corners, and a few light surface creases visible on the blank reverse. The photograph has tremendous detail, with perfect contrast. A very thin diagonal surface crease at 1:00 is not easily seen and runs through the player at the top right; there is an extremely insignificant touch up, of no consequence and virtually undetectable, to the crease (this extremely insignificant flaw is the only reason this cabinet is encapsulated "Authentic" by SGC); we otherwise grade this Joseph Hall cabinet card overall in Very Good to Excellent condition, with an even stronger appearance. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $14,100
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