1887 Rochester BBC Cabinet Advertising Card

Sold For: $1,293

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 41

Item Year: 1887

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

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Very substantial and unusual cabinet card (with advertising for sponsors on reverse) featuring a composite photo of sixteen members of the 1887 Rochester Maroons, a minor league team that was a member of the International League. Each player's name and position is printed directly below his respective portrait image. Both the team name and year ("Rochester Base Ball Club, 1887") are printed along the base of the photo. Additional printing on the mount makes note of the publisher ("Webster & Albee of Rochester, New York") and the copyright date, 1887. Advertising for three local merchants appears on the reverse: Cleveland, the Ciag Man ("sells the Arcade Cigar"), Huyler's Candies ("Fresh every day"), and Albert Will (dealer in stoves, ranges, and furnaces). Although Rochester was a minor league team, the club had no shortage of "big league" talent on its roster. Ten of the players pictured here appeared on a Major League roster at some point in their career, the most famous of whom is catcher Chief Zimmer. The other former or future Major League players on the club are Joe Visner, John Cline, John Humphries (manager of the club), Charlie Parsons, Jimmy Knowles, Norm Baker, Steve Dunn, John McGlone, and Fred Lewis. Interestingly, Zimmer, McGlone, and Knowles also saw limited Major League action in the American Association in 1887: Zimmer and McGlone with the Cleveland Blues, and Jimmy Knowles with the New York Metropolitans. Despite the abundance of talent on the club, Rochester finished the year with a 49-52 record, earning them a seventh-place finish in the twelve-team league. The cabinet card (4.25 x 6.5 inches) displays minor surface wear, a few moderate edge chips, and a light stain on the reverse. The name of a former owner ("Martin Bopp") is written in blue ink on the reverse. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,293

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