Lot # 97: 1888 Joseph Hall Louisville Colonels Team Cabinet

Starting Bid: $5,000.00

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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 Joseph Hall team cabinet photograph (4.25 x 6.5 inches) featuring the Louisville Colonels 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 tremendous detail throughout. Along with individual player identifications, which correspond to numbers near their respective images, the mount is captioned: "Jos. Hall, Photo., Brooklyn, N.Y. - Louisville Ball Club, 1888." The photograph includes twelve players and the manager, among them one of the most outstanding of all nineteenth-century non-Hall of Famers: legendary slugger Pete Browning. Louisville did not exactly tear up the league in 1888, winding up second-to-last with a 48-87 record. The players do, however, pose proudly in this most classic team pose, at this time unaware of what the upcoming season will bring. Pitching ace Thomas Ramsey (whose nickname – and we’re not making this up – was “Toad”) is one of the few in this photograph to look squarely into the camera’s eye, exuding poise and confidence. He went on to lose an astounding 30 games in 1888 (with eight victories), setting the pace for one of Louisville’s most dismal seasons. Not all nineteenth-century teams were champions. And not every team was stocked with what are now household names (though as noted this team is highlighted by legendary slugger Pete Browning). Baseball was a tough sport in this era. The image captures the essence of the many non-championship teams of the era, which were routinely trounced by clubs great and good (and sometimes less than good). Encapsulated as Authentic by SGC. This example is bright, crisp, and clean, with superb photo contrast and detail, a small quarter-inch tear in the left border of the mount, and a chip on the right edge. The blank reverse is lightly toned, with moderate creasing and several areas of surface chipping. This is only the second example of this rarity that we have ever had the privilege of offering! This is an extraordinary and rarely offered example from the Joseph Hall team cabinet series, which would be a highlight in any advanced collection. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open).

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