Striking studio image of the 1888 American Association champion St. Louis Browns. This rare team cabinet card is sometimes referred to by collectors as simply "The Famous World Beaters" team card, as that is how the World Champion St. Louis Browns are identified on the mount. Along with individual player identifications, which correspond to numbers on their respective images, the mount is captioned: "The Famous World Beaters St. Louis Browns. Champions of Am. Association Four Successive Years, 1885, '86, '87, '88. Worlds Champions, 1886, 1887." In honor of their fourth consecutive American Association title, owner Chris Von Der Ahe bought each member of the team a matching striped jacket. In this photograph, taken by the very prominent F. W. Guerin Photographic Studios of St. Louis, the team is pictured wearing these jackets. The photograph includes fifteen players, including team captain Charles Comiskey (center), Tommy McCarthy, Tip O'Neil, Arlie Latham, and “Silver” King. The team mascot (youngster dressed in uniform, top row center) and the team's two greyhounds are also included. The reverse of the cabinet card features advertising for the F. W. Guerin Photography Studio in St. Louis. The cabinet card (6.5 x 4.25 inches) displays a moderate chip in both the lower right and left corners, two tack holes along the top border (one of which is completely in the photo) and light toning to the mount. Encapsulated and graded POOR 10 by SGC. Despite the flaws, the photo is largely free of any significant defects and it presents at a higher level than than suggested by its technically accurate grade. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).