Lot # 26: Circa 1872 Black Studios Andy Leonard CDV

Starting Bid: $3,000.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Fall 2019",
which ran from 11/20/2019 12:30 PM to
12/8/2019 6:00 PM

Rare CDV picturing Boston Red Stockings outfielder Andy Leonard, circa 1872. The formal studio photograph pictures Leonard posing in uniform, with "Boston" lettered across the front of his jersey. Produced by the Boston photography studio J. W. Black & Co., as noted in print on both the base of the mount and the reverse. This is the only example of this particular CDV we have ever seen and just one of two we have seen of Leonard (the other pictures him in street clothes from approximately the same time period). Andy Leonard was the first Irish-born player in professional baseball and a member of the legendary 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball's first all-professional team. In 1871, Leonard joined Washington of the National Association (baseball's first all-professional league), but in 1872 he was recruited by Harry Wright, his former manager in Cincinnati, to play with the Boston Red Stockings. Leonard starred with the Red Stockings for four seasons, batting over .300 each year and leading the club to four consecutive pennants. In 1876, after the demise of the National Association, he remained with Boston's entry in the newly formed National League. Leonard's career in Boston ended after the 1878 season due to eye trouble (he attempted a brief comeback with Cincinnati in 1880), and he finished his nine-year career with a .299 lifetime average. The CDV (2.5 x 4.125 inches) displays a tiny area of wear in the upper right corner and two small areas of paper loss on the reverse; otherwise it is Excellent in its overall appearance. SGC has encapsulated the CDV and certified it as "Authentic." Reserve $3,000. Estimate (open).

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