Original Carl Horner Cabinet Photo - Bill Reidy - with Glassine Envelope - Used For His 1902-1911 W600 Sporting Life Cabinet

Sold For: $3,900

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 114

Item Year: 1905

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Stunning, high-grade cabinet photo of Brooklyn Superbas pitcher Bill Reidy, taken by noted Boston photographer Carl Horner, which was used in the production of his 1902-1911 W600 Sporting Life cabinet. The formal studio photograph captures Reidy in uniform as he poses for the camera. Horner's credit stamp appears in the lower-right corner of the mount. The near-pristine condition of this cabinet is probably due to the fact that it is still housed in its original, protective glassine sleeve, which bears Horner's printed name and studio address on the front. We have never seen an original Horner cabinet sleeve, and it makes an especially attractive accompaniment to the photo. Reidy played with Brooklyn in 1899 and then again in 1903 and 1904, which dates the photo to the turn of the century. When this image was used for Reidy's Sporting Life cabinet, the "Brooklyn" team affiliation was artistically removed from his jersey. Carl Horner was one of the preeminent baseball photographers of his era and because Boston was home to both an American and National League franchise, he was able to capture nearly every major league player at one time or another during the early 1900s. This is the finest example of a Horner cabinet photo we have ever seen. Aside from a tiny abrasion in the upper right corner of the photo, and a tiny diagonal crease in the lower-right corner of the mount, the cabinet (5.25 x 7.25 inches) is in Near Mint to Mint condition. The glassine sleeve (5.5 x 7.5 inches) displays a few tears and is in Good condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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