Lot # 149: 1888 Joseph Hall Brooklyn Bridegrooms Team Cabinet with Bob Caruthers and Adonis Terry

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Graded GOOD 2 by SGC. Extremely rare Joseph Hall team cabinet photograph (4.25 x 6.5 inches) featuring the Brooklyn Bridegrooms of the American Association posed in front of the stadium grandstand. Joseph Hall team cabinets have long been revered by collectors as among the most highly prized of all nineteenth-century cabinet issues, and are universally regarded as the premier team cabinet-card series of the era. This is an exceptional example! The photograph is particularly striking, with fans in their bowler hats clearly visible in the stands in the background. Along with individual player identifications, which correspond to numbers on their respective images, the mount is captioned: "Joseph Hall, Photo., Brooklyn, N.Y. - Brooklyn Ball Club, 1888." The photograph includes fourteen players, among them two of the most outstanding of all nineteenth-century non-Hall of Famers: Bob Caruthers and Adonis Terry. This example is in outstanding overall condition. It is bright, crisp, and clean, with superb photo contrast and detail, surface chipping on the upper and lower right corners, and light soiling on the blank reverse. This is only the second example of this rarity that we have ever had the privilege of offering. As a point of reference, the first one we sold, which was Lot #69 in REA's Fall 2016 auction, realized $22,800. This is an extraordinary card, which would be a highlight in any advanced collection! Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open).

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