Lot # 23: 1877 Boston Red Caps Team Cabinet (J. Wood Studio) with George Wright, Jim O'Rourke, and Deacon White

Starting Bid: $5,000.00

Bids: 26 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2020",
which ran from 4/3/2020 3:00 PM to
4/19/2020 6:00 PM



Extremely rare 1877 Boston BBC team cabinet photograph by legendary photographer J. Wood (208 Bowery). This is one of the premier team cabinet cards of the 1870s. The composite photograph features portraits of twelve members of the National League championship 1877 Boston Base Ball Club. Hall of Fame shortstop George Wright is pictured in the center above ace right-hander Tommy Bond. Bond enjoyed a phenomenal season in 1877 as he became the first hurler in baseball history to win the pitcher's version of the "Triple Crown" (League leader in wins, ERA, and strikeouts). Other Boston players featured are Hall of Famers Jim O'Rourke and Deacon White, as well as Lew Brown, Andy Leonard, John Morrill (spelled "Morrell" on the card), Tim Murnane, Ezra Sutton, Will White, Harry Schafer (spelled "Shaffer" on the card), and a player identified only as "Maning." The photographer's name ("J. Wood") and address ("208 Bowery) is printed along the lower margin. The reverse of the card also displays the J. Wood Studios advertising imprint. The cabinet card (approximately 4.25 x 6.5 inches) displays superb photo contrast. All of the corners are naturally rounded as issued. Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. This card has been graded very harshly by SGC and the assigned grade does not communicate the strong condition of this card. Presenting as Excellent from the front, the card has been downgraded due to a small area of surface paper loss on the reverse. It appears the card was stored with corner mounts as two corners on the reverse are clean with very little age toning. Rarely does a card receive such a modest technical grade and look so much better. This is an extraordinary and stunning example! There are probably no more than five or six examples of this significant rarity are known to exist and the offered example ranks among the finest. Opening Bid $5,000. Estimate (open).

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