Nineteenth-Century Baseball Cabinet-Card Collection (4) Including Star Third Baseman Bill Bradley

Sold For: $600

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 109

Item Year: 1885

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

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High-grade collection of four baseball cabinet-card photos, each picturing a single uniformed player in a formal studio setting, including former major league star Bill Bradley. All measure approximately 4.25 x 6.5 inches and feature a photographer's credit along the base of the mount. The highlight of this group is an early image of Bill Bradley, who was one of the game's top fielding third baseman during the early 1900s. The photo captures Bradley, standing, posing in the uniform of an unidentified team. Credited to "Stewart, West Baden Springs, Ind." An ink notation on the reverse reads "W. H. Sigman/from/W. J. Bradley." It is not known if the inscription is in Bradley's hand . (JSA cannot authenticate the signature because all of their exemplars for Bradley date from when he was much older; after he retired.) Bradley was widely regarded as one of the finest fielding third baseman of his era, on par with both Jimmy Collins and Pie Traynor. He began his major league career with Chicago in 1899, but jumped to the American League in 1901, where he spent the next decade with Cleveland. He finished his career in the Federal League as player/manager of the Brooklyn Tip Tops in 1914. There are two tiny dimples to the left of Bradley's image; otherwise the cabinet card is in Near Mint condition. The remaining three cabinets in the collection are as follows: 1) Player with "Claypool" lettered on his jersey, standing, holding a ball. Credited to "Swineford Bros, North Manchester, Indiana." Ex-Mt. 2) Player with "Young Americans" lettered on his jersey, standing, holding a ball. Credited to "Javens Elite Studio, Pittsburg, PA." Nr-Mt. 3) Player holding a bat while striking a batting pose. Credited to "Mayberry's Studio, Miller, S.D." An ink notation on the reverse reads "David Sell - John Sell Younger Brother." Ex-Mt. Total: 4 cabinet cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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