Lot # 18: 1882 Chicago White Stockings Team Cabinet with Cap Anson and King Kelly

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

Bids: 32 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Summer 2019",
which ran from 7/26/2019 12:15 PM to
8/18/2019 6:00 PM

Exceedingly rare cabinet photo capturing 11 members of the 1882 National League Champion Chicago White Stockings in a formal studio setting. This is one of only two examples of this particular cabinet photo we have ever seen, with the other having once resided in the famed Copeland Collection. Cap Anson is seated in the center, while Mike "King" Kelly is seated on the far right. All the players have been identified in faded black ink either along the top or bottom border of the mount, including Fred Goldsmith, Hugh Nicol, Abner Dalrymple, Silver Flint, Ned Williamson, and George Gore. One of the most interesting aspects of this photo is that each of the players is wearing a different color uniform, including two that employ stripes. In 1882, all National League players wore a specific uniform color based upon their respective position (i. e., all second baseman wore red, for example). The practice obviously did not catch on with either the players or fans, as it was never repeated again. The photographer's credit, "Chicago Photographic Studios," appears along the side of the mount and on the reverse. The card displays a vertical crease that has been reinforced by professional conservation on the reverse, as well as a diagonal tear running from the base through Nichol's image (seated in front on the left) that has been professionally repaired. Minor chipping is evident along the border of the mount. A few light pencil notations are written on the reverse. Although the piece is in Fair to Good condition overall, its flaws are quite unobtrusive and it displays at a much higher level than that suggested by its technically accurate grade. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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