Nineteenth-Century Baseball Cabinet-Card Collection (3) - Harvard Players

Sold For: $720

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 104

Item Year: 1878

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

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Collection of three nineteenth-century baseball cabinet cards, each depicting a player that features an "H" on the front of his uniform. While one of the players has been positively identified as member of the Harvard baseball team, we believe there is a high probability that each of the other two players was also a member of the Harvard nine during the era. All of the cabinets picture the player posing in a formal studio setting. 1) Image of Harvard baseball player, standing, with cap in hand. Identified as "Ernst" on the reverse in pencil. The notation also makes note that he played on the club for the seasons 1876 through 1878. An image of the 1878 Harvard team was found online, with all of the players identified by last name, that verifies the player on the offered cabinet is indeed "Ernst." A "C. W. Pach" credit stamp appears on the reverse. The stamping also makes note that Pach, a New York photographer, also had branches at both Harvard and Yale. 4.25 x 6.5 inches. Ex-Mt. 2) Image of player, standing, holding a bat. The unidentified player wears a dark shirt with a block-letter "H" on the front of his shirt. We have seen this same style jersey worn by Harvard team captains during this era. A "Pach Bros." credit stamp appears along the base of the mount, as do a few numerals, written in pencil. 4.25 x 6.5 inches. Ex-Mt. 3) Unidentified player, seated, posing together with a woman. The player wears a white uniform, with the bib-front jersey displaying the letter "H." An Elmer Chickering credit stamp appears along both the base of the mount and the reverse. (Chickering was a well-known Boston photographer.) 4.25 x 6 inches. The cabinet is trimmed along the base (not affecting the photo); otherwise it is in Near Mint condition. Total: 3 cabinets. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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