Turn-of-the-Century Nebraska Indians Team Cabinets (2)

Sold For: $300

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 108

Item Year: 1899

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

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Two cabinet cards, each capturing the famous Nebraska Indians baseball barnstorming club. The Nebraska Indians baseball team was formed in 1897 and for the next eighteen years they crisscrossed the country as one of the premier barnstorming clubs of the era. With a roster composed of Native Americans, hence its name, the club was not only competitive, but also entertaining. Humor and clowning were part of the team's standard fare, and the carnival atmosphere it fostered normally insured huge crowds at each ballpark they visited. 1) Cabinet photo capturing sixteen team members posing together in a formal studio setting. The printed text on the photo reads "Nebraska Indians" along the top, and "Only Ones On Earth" along the base. No photographer's credit listed. 6.5 x 4 inches. Ex. 2) Cabinet photo capturing twenty-two team members posing outdoors. The photographer's credit stamp, "Hemperley Studio, 620 Arch St. Phila.," appears along the right border of the mount. 6.5 x 4.25 inches. Vg-Ex. Total: 2 cabinets. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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