Lot # 24: 1886 New York Giants Team Cabinet with Connor, Ewing, Keefe, O'Rourke, Ward, and Welch

Starting Bid: $5,000.00

Bids: 2 (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

Rare team cabinet card capturing the National League New York Giants in 1886. This is the only example of this particular team cabinet we have ever seen and one of only two 1886 New York Giants team cabinets we have ever offered (the other was a composite photograph featuring individual portrait images of the players). While we cannot state with certainty, we believe we have correctly identified all the players pictured. Top Row Standing (L to R): Mike Dorgan, Roger Connor, Tim Keefe, Pat Gillespie, and Jim Devlin. Bottom Row Seated (L to R): Buck Ewing, Jim O'Rourke, Danny Richardson, John Ward, Dude Esterbrook, James Mutrie (Mgr.), Gene Bagley, Mickey Welch, and Pat Deasley. If our identifications are correct, it would conclusively date the photo to 1886. The photographer's copyright notice, which is blurry, is printed along the base and appears to read "Copyright by Wm. Di Rabiss, Chicago, Ill US." The photo, which offers outstanding clarity, has been mounted slightly off center. As a result, the bottom left corner slightly overextends the edge of its backing and displays a few tiny chips, With the exception of that anomaly, the photo remains in Near Mint condition. The mount (6.5 x 4.25 inches) displays light corner wear and is in Excellent condition. Major League team cabinets from this era are both scarce and highly prized by collectors, especially those featuring as many future Hall of Famers as this example. The fact that it also represents a possibly unique New York Giants team image and remains in extraordinary condition only adds to its significance. Opening Bid $5,000. Estimate (open).

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