1886 MacIntire Studios Philadelphia Nationals Cabinet Card Collection (10)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,147.50
Addendum regarding photo IDs: Our thanks to baseball historian and facial recognition expert Mark Fimoff who has confirmed for us that the IDs written on the backs of the cabinet photos in this lot are correct, with the exception of one first name note: Gibson is Leighton (Whitey) Gibson, not Charles Gibson.
Collection of ten studio cabinets produced by MacIntire Studios in the late 1880s. One each card, a player is featured in street clothes in a striking portrait pose. The photographer's credit, "MacIntire - 1528 Ridge Ave., Phila.," appears on the mount of each cabinet. According to The Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards, nine different cards are known from this set (included two versions of manager Harry Wright). There are, however, eight cabinets included in this lot that do not appear on that checklist. This series is thought to be comprised exclusively of Philadelphia National League players. Seven of the ten players featured in this lot did play for Philadelphia at one time in their careers. Two of the remaining players were born in or around the Philadelphia area while a third, identified as Chas. Leighton Gibson, shows no professional record under that name. One thing that we have noticed over the years is that providing identifications of photos of players that are not identified as part of the design of the card is very tricky. We are not facial-recognition experts, so we can only list the identifications that have been provided on the reverse of each, but several players are very distinctive in appearance and are clearly recognizable. This lot is comprised of the following: John Coleman, Lave Cross, Edward Dailey (previously checklisted), Harry Decker, Charles Ganzel (previously checklisted), Charles Gibson (please see addendum above regarding this identification), Thomas Gunning, Billy Hallman, Joe Mulvey, and Jacob Virtue. Each photo has outstanding clarity and contrast, and presents in Excellent or better condition. Light corner wear is visible on each of the mounts (which measure 4.25 x 6.5 inches) with only Hallman exhibiting a small area of paper loss at the lower right corner. Each player is identified in ink on the reverse, with five cabinets also displaying a small, typewritten identification glued to the reverse. This is an exceptional collection of studio cabinets, which are highly prized among collectors, featuring spectacular early photos of players in formal attire. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,147.50