Please note: This lot has been withdrawn from the auction due to an issue relating to title.
Extremely rare original cabinet card photograph of Hall of Fame pitcher "Smiling" Mickey Welch, produced in 1891 by renowned baseball photographer Joseph Hall. Graded "Authentic" by SGC. This card, which is dated and featured the player's identification on the mount as well as advertising for Joseph Hall Studios, appears to be part of a series, but this is the first example we have ever seen. The studio photo captures Welch posing in formal attire during his penultimate season with the New York Giants. Welch, who was a member of the Giants from 1883 through 1892, was born and raised in Brooklyn, so both he and Hall, whose studio was located in Brooklyn, were obviously well acquainted over the years. Welch's name is misspelled "M. Welsh" on the mount. Printed directly below Welch's name is Hall's credit line and the copyright year ("1891"). The reverse is blank. In terms of display value, this cabinet photograph is magnificent, with perfect clarity and contrast. It has received a grade of "Authentic" from SGC (as opposed to a numerical grade) due to damage to the blank reverse of the mount. The photo displays only slight surface wear along the top border, and there is a small stain along the base of the mount. Despite those minor flaws, the front still grades Excellent and is one of the finest period photos of Welch we have ever seen. The reverse displays tape remnants, surface paper loss, and handwritten notations, one of which (the name "Bob") is in red marker. 4.25 x 6.5 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR
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