Lot # 36: 1886 Thomson Studios Kansas City Cowboys Team Cabinet - Only Year in National League!

Starting Bid: $1,500.00

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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, possibly unique, team cabinet card capturing 14 members of the 1886 Kansas City Cowboys of the National League. This is the only example of this team card we have ever seen and its rarity is almost certainly related to its method of distribution and the fact that 1886 was Kansas City's only season in the National League. According to the printed text on the reverse, this card was a souvenir issued to fans at the dedication of the club's new park: "Dedication For The Kansas City Ball Park/Souvenir. . . Thursday, April 29, 1886." We don't know how many fans turned out for the stadium dedication, but given the rarity of the card, it's safe to assume that few were saved. The photograph captures the club members in uniform posing in a studio setting. The photographer's copyright, "1886 D. P.Thomson" appears in the lower right corner of the photo. Thomson's name is also printed along the base of the mount. Although we cannot state with certainty, we believe the players pictured here (all listed L-R) are as follows: (top row) Jim Donnelly, Jim Whitney, Mox McQuery, and George Baker; (middle row) Stump Weidman, Charlie Bassett, Dave Rowe, Mert Hackett, Al Myers, and Fatty Briody; (front row) Jim Lillie, Dan Dugdale, Paul Radford, and Pete Conway. Kansas City finished with a record of 30-91 in 1886 and folded after just one season in the league. The cabinet card (4.25 x 3.5 inches) displays a large chip in the upper left corner and a small chip in the lower left corner of the photo. The top border is trimmed and there is a pinhole near the top border of the photo. A few light pencil marks are evident at the base of the mount and editorial notations appear on the reverse. SGC has encapsulated the card and certified it as "Authentic" (submitted by REA). Reserve $1,500. Estimate (open).

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