Exceedingly rare Joseph Hall 1888 New York Giants World Champions team cabinet photograph with Joseph Hall advertising back. Joseph Hall was the preeminent baseball photographer of the late 1880s and Joseph Hall cabinet cards are among the most desirable cards from that era. The scarcity of Joseph Hall team cabinets in general, combined with the prominence of the 1888 Giants team, the unusual reverse advertising, and the inclusion of so many Hall of Famers, makes this card one of the most sought after nineteenth-century team cards in the hobby. It must also be noted that Hall produced at least three slightly different versions of this cabinet photo, resulting in variations to both the photographs and mounts. This is only the second Joseph Hall 1888 Giants team cabinet card with Joseph Hall advertising back we have ever offered, but the first of this particular variation (in the other example we offered, manager Jim Mutrie is standing; here he is sitting). In this example 21 team members are posed in front of the stadium grandstand, with players all looking to their right rather than looking forward toward the camera. All the players are identified in print on the base of the mount, including Hall of Famers Tim Keefe, Roger Connor, John Montgomery Ward, Buck Ewing, Jim O'Rourke, and Mickey Welch. The team name and year ("New York Ball Club, 1888") and the photographer's credit ("Jos. Hall, Photo., Brooklyn, N. Y.," also appear in print on the mount. The reverse features printed advertising for the Joseph Hall photography studio: "Photographs of the National League B. B. Clubs 1888 - Joseph Hall, Publisher, Brooklyn, N. Y." As previously mentioned, this advertising back is rare, as nearly all other examples feature a blank reverse. The cabinet (6.5 x 4.25 inches) displays a light vertical crease that extends from border to border, and the date, "Aug 26 1888," is written in black ink on the reverse. Graded GOOD 2 by SGC (submitted by REA). It must emphasized that the aforementioned crease is fairly unobtrusive (visible only upon close inspection within the photo) and the cabinet displays at a much higher level than that suggested by its technically accurate grade. Opening Bid $7,500. Estimate (open).