Lot # 106: Circa 1887 Rugg Studio Minneapolis Team Cabinet

Starting Bid: $2,500.00

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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

Team cabinet card capturing 14 members of the 1887 Minneapolis Millers of the Northwestern League. Each member is pictured in uniform, with the exception of owner/manager R. O Foster, as they pose together in a formal studio setting. The photographer's credit, "Pugg 56 So. 5th St. Minneapolis," appears along the base of the mount. Advertising for the Pugg studio appears on the reverse. R. O. Foster was the brother of Elmer Foster (pictured seated in the center), who played in the Major Leagues in 1886 with the New York Metropolitans of the American Association and then later with both the New York Giants (1888-1889) and Chicago Colts (1890-1891) of the National League. R. O. Foster recruited his brother to play with Minneapolis that summer and Elmer, in turn, recruited a number of Eastern stars to join the club, one of whom, Con Murphy, is pictured seated in the far right. (1887 was the only year in which Foster and Murphy played with Minneapolis.) In total, the 1887 Minneapolis roster included 11 players who achieved Major League status at some point in their career: Elmer Foster, Con Murphy, Charlie Cady, Ed Flynn, Bill Hawes, Bill Krieg, George Meister, Willie Murphy, Miah Murray, George Strief, and George Winkleman. The photo, which offers exceptional clarity, is Near Mint in its appearance. The cabinet (6.5 x 4.5 inches) displays light foxing along the borders, a light crease (only visible from the reverse) and a few small areas of paper loss on the reverse. Encapsulated and graded GD 2 by SGC. It should be noted that nearly all of the flaws are on the reverse and the card displays at a much higher level than that suggested by its technically accurate grade. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open).

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