1888 Joseph Hall Indianapolis Hoosiers Team Cabinet

Sold For: $4,500

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 86

Item Year: 1888

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

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Extremely rare Joseph Hall team cabinet photograph (4.25 x 6.5 inches) featuring the Indianapolis Hoosiers of the National League posed in an outdoor studio setting. Joseph Hall team cabinets have long been revered by collectors as among the most highly prized of all nineteenth-century cabinet issues, and are universally regarded as the premier team cabinet-card series of the era. This is an exceptional example! The photograph is particularly striking, with tremendous detail throughout. Along with individual player identifications, which correspond to numbers near their respective images, the mount is captioned: "Joseph Hall, Photo., Brooklyn, N.Y. - Indianapolis Ball Club, 1888." The photograph includes fourteen players and the manager, among them one of the most outstanding of all nineteenth-century non-Hall of Famers: Jack Glasscock. Encapsulated as Authentic by SGC. This example is bright, crisp, and clean, with superb photo contrast and detail, a couple light creases near the top edge, and the upper right corner missing. The blank reverse is entirely clean, with only a piece of clear tape near the edge to repair a small tear. This is the first example of an Indianapolis Joseph Hall team cabinet that we have offered, and it is the first example that we can recall seeing offered publicly in nearly twenty years! This is an extraordinary card, which would be a highlight in any advanced collection! Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+.

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