Lot # 90: Circa 1890s G. Waldon Smith Kid Nichols Cabinet - Ex-Kid Nichols Collection

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Fall 2018",
which ran from 10/5/2018 5:00 PM to
10/28/2018 7:00 PM

Striking professional studio portrait cabinet of Hall of Famer Charles "Kid" Nichols. Manufactured by G. Waldon Smith Studios of Boston, Massachusetts, with advertising for the studio at the bottom and on the reverse. Charles "Kid" Nichols was one of baseball’s first successful power pitchers, finishing his career with 361 wins, a total surpassed by just six pitchers in the history of the game. An immediate success after he was signed by Boston manager Frank Selee in 1890, Nichols won twenty or more games in his first ten seasons in the Major Leagues and led his club to five National League championships. He pitched more than 400 innings five times, and more than 300 in all but one season. His total of seven 30-win seasons is a record that will likely stand forever. Before his Major League debut, Nichols was a star pitcher for Omaha in 1889, and it is with Omaha that Nichols is pictured on his five poses in N172 Old Judge. This photograph features Nichols in a suit dating to the 1890s. The cabinet has perfect contrast and photo quality. Graded GOOD+ 35 by SGC due very minor chipping along the edges and some staining along the bottom border and reverse. Pedigreed as originating from the personal collection of Kid Nichols, which appeared at public auction in 2014. This is an extraordinary portrait cabinet card and very likely the only example known. Ideal for display and a worthy addition to any advanced nineteeth-century baseball or Hall of Fame collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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