Lot # 147: Circa 1888 Greenhood & Moran's Baseball Club Team Cabinet

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Scarce team cabinet card featuring portrait images of 11 members of Greenhood & Moran's baseball club, circa 1888. Each bust-length image pictures the player in formal attire and includes the player's last name printed along the base of the photo. The team members identified here are Top Row (L to R): Danny Long, Bob Blakiston, and Tim McCord; Middle Row: (L to R): Bill Gurnett, Phil Knell, Tom Robinson (Mgr.), George Borchers, and Jack Ryan; Bottom Row (L to R): Joe Shea, Jim McDonald and Jack Donovan (spelled "Donovin" on the card). The team name "Greenhood & Morans" is printed on a thin strip of cardboard which has been affixed near the base of the card. The photographer's credit stamp, Elite Photographic Studio of San Francisco, California, is printed on the base of the mount and on the reverse. The Greenhood & Moran's baseball team, named after owners Jacob Greenhood and James T. Moran, who owned an Oakland clothing store of the same name, was a member of the California League during the late 1880s. The team was well stocked with talent during its short existence, including George Van Haltren, who later starred with the New York Giants. The card (4.25 x 6.5 inches) displays adhesive residue along the base of the front and also slightly along the perimeter areas, chipping along the borders, wear to the front, and small areas of surface paper loss on the reverse. In Fair to Good condition overall, but the portrait images remain free of any significant flaws. This is only the second example of this cabinet card in this style that we have ever seen. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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