Lot # 20: 1886 Detroit Wolverines Tomlinson Cabinet Jack Rowe - Ex-Larry Twitchell Estate - Newly Discovered!

Starting Bid: $500.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2019",
which ran from 3/6/2019 3:10 PM to
3/24/2019 6:00 PM

Rare, newly discovered cabinet card picturing Jack Rowe as a member of the 1886 Detroit Wolverines. The photograph, taken in a formal studio setting, captures Rowe in a portrait pose. Rowe's name, position, and team affiliation ("J. C. Rowe, Catcher and Short Stop - Detroit Base Ball Club") are printed on the base of the mount, as is the name of the photographer, "Tomlinson - 236 Woodward Ave., Detroit." The Detroit Wolverines were frequent visitors to Frank. N. Tomlinson's photography studio in 1886, as evidenced by the various team cabinets that have survived. (Astute collectors will notice that this image, which was taken by Tomlinson in 1886, was also used on Tomlinson's 1887 Detroit Wolverines World Champions team cabinet card.) While none of those 1886 Detroit team cabinets would be referred to as "common," they are not nearly as rare as individual cabinets of Detroit players from that season. This is the first example of this particular cabinet we have ever seen and it comes with the unique provenance of of originating directly from the personal collection of Larry Twitchell, who was a member of the Detroit Wolverines from 1886 to 1888. (This is one of many items from the Twitchell estate featured in this auction, all of which have been consigned directly by a Twitchell family member.) 1886 marked the first of Rowe's three seasons with Detroit and he was a key member of the club's 1887 World Championship team. Rowe was primarily a catcher during his first six Major League seasons (1879-1884), but made the transition to full-time shortstop during the two-year span 1885-1886. He retired after the 1890 season with a .286 average and 1,256 hits. The photo, which displays extraordinary clarity, has a few light surface blemishes and is in Excellent condition overall. The mount (4.25 x 6.5 inches) has minor border and corner wear, as well as light foxing on the front. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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