Lot # 94: 1888 Philadelphia Athletics Team Cabinet Card with Wilbert Robinson

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

Extremely rare team cabinet card featuring bust-length composite images of 14 members of the 1888 American Association Philadelphia Athletics, including Hall of Famer Wilbert Robinson. The remaining players pictured, all of whom are identified by name directly below their images, are Ed Seward, Harry Stovey, Mike Mattimore, Gus Weyhing, Henry Larkin (designated as team captain), George Townsend, Tom Gunning, Denny Lyons, Curt Welch, Lou Bierbauer (spelled "Bauer" on the card), Tom Poorman, Bill Gleason, and Mike Sullivan. All of the photos are formal studio poses picturing the players in uniform. The cabinet has been trimmed along all four borders, but we know, having handled and seen others, that the card was published by "Vandyke & Co." (The name was printed along the base of the mount.) This is a particularly distinctive and beautifully designed nineteenth-century team cabinet card, and appears to be a unique "one-card set" produced by Vandyke & Co. While we have seen three or four examples of this card over the past 40 years, all have been the 1888 Philadelphia Athletics; we have never seen another team. Philadelphia was a member of the American Association during its entire ten-year existence (1892-1991). Despite leading the league in a number of offensive categories in 1888, including team batting average (.250), runs (827), slugging percentage (.344), doubles (183), and triples (89), the Athletics could manage no better than third place, finishing 10 games behind the pennant-winning St. Louis Browns. Wilbert Robinson made his Major League debut with the Athletics in 1886 and remained with the club for four-and-half years before later enjoying greater fame as a member of the legendary Baltimore Orioles. The card (4 x 6 inches), in addition to the aforementioned trim, displays a number of moderate creases, small edge tears, and areas of surface paper loss on the reverse. Although the piece is in Fair condition overall, it presents at a higher level than that suggested by its technically accurate grade. SGC has encapsulated the card and certified it as "Authentic." Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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