Lot # 22: 1886 Detroit Wolverines Tomlinson Cabinet Sam Crane - 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 Sam Crane as a member of the 1886 Detroit Wolverines. The photograph, taken in a formal studio setting, captures Crane in a portrait pose. Crane's name, position, and team affiliation ("S. M. Crane Substitute - 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. 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 last of Crane's two seasons with Detroit. Crane, who was an infielder, played in the National League, American Association, and Union Association during his intermittent seven-year Major League career (1880-1890). The photo, which displays extraordinary clarity, has a few moderate surface blemishes and is in Very Good condition overall. The mount (4.25 x 6.5 inches) has light foxing on the front and minor corner wear. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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