Lot # 146: 1888 Des Moines Team Cabinet Card with Unique Panoramic Image

Starting Bid: $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

Unusual nineteenth-century team-composite photo of the 1888 Des Moines Prohibitionists featuring both individual player portraits and a panoramic game-in-progress photo. The cabinet photo pictures 15 team members, all of whom are identified in print atop their respective image: Harry Sage, Jimmy Macullar, Billy Alvord, Bug Holliday, Charlie Morton (Mgr.), Ted Kennedy, George Shafer, Joe Quinn, Frank Wells, Dan Stearns, Bill Traffley, Luke Schildknecht, Ed Cushman, Billy Van Dyke, and Fred Smith. All of the players are pictured in uniform, with the exception of Morton. Positioned below the team composite is a beautiful panoramic photo of a game in progress at, presumably, Des Moines' home grounds. The photographer's credit, LaRouche & Co. of Des Moines, Iowa, appears in print along the base of the mount. Although no year is listed, the 15 players pictured here played together with Des Moines only in 1888. Des Moines was a charter member of the newly formed Western Association in 1888. Despite the fact that all but three (Schildknecht, Shafer, and Wells) of the players featured here saw Major League action either before or after their tenure with Des Moines, the club finished in third place in 1888, behind both the Davenport Onion Weeders and the league champion Chicago Maroons. The cabinet card (4.25 x 6.5 inches) appears to have at one time been shellacked along the base and edges of the mount. Much of the shellacking has flaked or chipped off, resulting in partial loss to the printed photographer's credit. The year "1887," along with a few additional pencil notations and stray pencil marks, appear on the reverse. Despite the peripheral flaws, the central image area displays light-to-moderate surface wear and is in Excellent condition overall. This is not only the first example of this particular 1888 Des Moines cabinet card we have ever seen, but the only cabinet photo we can recall that incorporates a panoramic photo within its design, making it an especially rare and unique nineteenth-century baseball item. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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