Lot # 19: Circa 1884 Philadelphia Nationals Oversized Team Cabinet - Exceedingly Rare Stadium Scene!

Starting Bid: $2,500.00

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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



Rare oversized team cabinet photo capturing nine member of the National League Philadelphia Quakers posing together on the field, circa 1884. Encapsulated and certified as "Authentic" by SGC. This is the only example of this cabinet photo, which measures 8.5 x 5.5 inches, we have ever seen, let alone offered. What makes this particular cabinet especially noteworthy, aside from its size and rarity, is that it fully captures the two-story grandstand in the background, making for a stunning nineteenth century team photo. A few period pencil notations along the base of the mount identify five of the nine players as Joe Mulvey (far left), John Coleman (third from the left), Sid Farrar (fifth from the left), Ed Andrews (fourth from the right), and Jack Manning (second from the right). Our consignor consulted with SABR Pictorial History Chair Mark Fimoff for confirmation of the player identities, and Mark's findings supported those five identifications and further identified Charlie Ferguson (fourth from the left), Bill McClennan (third from the right), and Blondie Purcell (far right). Our own informal attempts at identification concur with all eight of these identifications. Neither Mark Fimoff nor us were able to identify one player in this lineup. Since the player on the far right is Blondie Purcell, then this photo most likely dates from 1884, which is the only season in which the identified players were all together with Philadelphia. It would have been taken in Recreation Park, which the Nationals called home until 1887. A photographer's credit, reading "To By Sweeny, Cleveland, O." appears in the lower right corner of the photo. The cabinet photo, which offers outstanding quality, displays light surface wear, a small diagonal scratch in the upper right corner, and moderate wear to the mount's borders. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open).

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