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Lot # 1498 (of 1727)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1888 Yale Bulldogs Football Team Original Glass Plate Positive

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $823

Addendum: This glass plate positive (see second addendum below) DOES NOT picture Walter Camp, as originally described. The player holding the football is team captain and College Football Hall of Fame member William Corbin

As opposed to being a glass negative (as described in the printed catalog), this item is technically a glass plate positive. Glass plate positives are made by placing the glass (sensitized with silver sitting on dry gelatin) in a camera and taking a picture of a glass plate negative. This does not impact significance or value but is noted here for accuracy and for future reference.

Extraordinary original glass negative slide (photo positive) picturing the undefeated 1888 Yale football team in a formal studio setting. This is an important football photography find. Eleven members of the team are pictured here, including five future members of the College Football Hall of Fame: Walter Camp (coach), Amos Alonzo Stagg, Pudge Heffelfinger, Thomas Lee "Bum" McClung (he later became the 22nd Treasurer of the United States), and team captain William Corbin. (Camp is holding a football lettered "Champions 1888.) Also pictured here is Henry Beecher, who was featured in the N162 1888 Goodwin Champions tobacco issue on what is considered to be the first football card ever produced. The 1888 Yale bulldogs are one of college football's most legendary clubs, winning all thirteen of their games while outscoring their opponents 698-0. The fact that the roster included many prominent stars has only added to the club's mystique. The year "1888" and the notation "Wm Corbin Cap't" are neatly written on the reverse metal border, possibly indicating that this negative once belonged to Corbin. This negative would have been used to make larger cabinet photos and prints, and could still be used for that purpose today. The glass negative measures 4 x 3.25 inches and is in Near Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $823


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