Imperial team cabinet photo featuring 14 members of the Yale baseball team, posing together in a formal studio setting, circa 1880s. Each player is pictured in uniform, with one of the players also wearing his striped jacket. Produced by the noted New York photography studio Pach Bros. as noted in gold print along the base of the mount. This an extraordinary nineteenth-century baseball image. All the players are wearing pants with quilted padding (padded pants became popular during the 1880s and remained in vogue for a few decades until sliding pads, worn under the pants, replaced this early design feature) and the equipment shown includes an early catcher's mask, gloves, bats, and balls. The reverse features several black-ink notations from the great nephew of one of the players pictured. The photo (13.5 x 10 inches) displays minor edge wear and a tiny stain in the lower right corner;,otherwise it is in Near Mint condition. The photo remains in Mint condition, while the mount (10 x 8 inches) displays just modest border wear and is in Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).