Circa 1890 Cabinet Card - Player Wearing Fingerless Glove!

Sold For: $240

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 94

Item Year: 1890

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Cards (1830-1899)

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Cabinet card picturing a uniformed player in a formal studio setting. The young man is dressed in an all-white uniform with the letters "XL" displayed on the right breast. While the image is attractive, its significance also lies in the fact that the player is clearly wearing a fingerless leather glove on his left hand. Fingerless gloves became popular during the 1880s and were first worn by catchers in conjunction with a full-fingered workman's glove. Later, fielders began using the fingerless gloves as well. While the gloves are sometimes seen being worn by players in team photos from the era, this cabinet beautifully showcases the glove. As is common for most nineteenth-century baseball cabinets, no information regarding the player or his team affiliation is provided, nor is there a photographer's credit, which would have at least given some indication of where the image was taken. The cabinet (4.25 x 6 inches) displays a trimmed bottom border, light age toning, and minor edge wear. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).


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