Lot # 23: 1886 Detroit Wolverines Tomlinson Cabinet Charles Getzein - 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 Charles "Pretzels" Getzein as a member of the 1886 Detroit Wolverines. The photograph, taken in a formal studio setting, captures Getzein in a portrait pose. Getzein's name, position, and team affiliation ("Chas. Getzein, Pitcher - 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 just the second 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.) Gutzein was the ace of the Detroit staff in 1886, winning 30 games. The following season he helped lead the club to its only World Championship by winning 29 games during the regular season and four more in the World Series (the 1887 World Series was a marathon 15-game affair, won by Detroit 10 games to 5 over St. Louis). Getzein finished his nine-year Major League career (1884-1892) with 145 wins and a 3.46 ERA. The photo, which displays extraordinary clarity, is in Excellent to Mint condition overall. The mount (4.25 x 6.5 inches) has light foxing on the front, as well as corner and edge wear. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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