Lot # 105: Rare 1888 Joseph Hall New York Giants Team Cabinet (Six Hall of Famers) - Photo Variation Used For Sporting Times Cigar Card!

Starting Bid: $2,500.00

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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

Presented is an extremely rare Joseph Hall team cabinet photograph featuring the 1888 World's Champion New York Giants of the National League. This is one of only a few Giants cabinets that we have ever offered in more than twenty years, but it is the first we have ever handled that features a different image of the championship team. New York cabinets were available in two different styles, and the image on this cabinet is the same used in the Sporting Times Cigar card of the same year, which captures 19 team members posing together in front of a backdrop, all of whom are in uniform with the exception of manager Jim Mutrie. Each player is identified in print along the base of the mount (by means of a corresponding number on or near his respective image), including Hall of Famers Tim Keefe, Roger Connor, Buck Ewing, Jim O'Rourke, and Mickey Welch. There is a red mark (pencil or ink) on the face of the player numbered "5," who we know from the Sporting Times layout is Hall of Famer John Montgomery Ward. The lettering along the base of the mount reads "New York Ball Club 1888." Joseph Hall's name and studio address are printed directly above the team name. This is the ONLY example of this particular Joseph Hall 1888 New York Giants cabinet photo we have ever seen, making it one of the rarest of all Joseph Hall team cabinets (Hall produced team cabinets for many of the Major League clubs in 1888, including a different image of the Giants posing outdoors). Hall was the preeminent baseball photographer of the late 1880s and his baseball cabinets are among the most desirable cards from that era. The extreme rarity of this Joseph Hall team cabinet, the prominence of the Giants team, and the inclusion of so many Hall of Famers, combine to make it one of the best of all nineteenth-century team cards. The cabinet card (6.5 x 4.25 inches) displays a few small border chips or tears, as well as a chip in the lower left corner that has resulted in either the partial or total loss of five of the printed player names. From the Sporting Times comparison, we know it has obscured the identifications of Ward, Titcomb, Keefe, Whitney (who only appears in this version of the card), and Slattery. Interestingly, Whitney joined New York later in the season, which means this photo was taken later than the other version. As a result, Stump Weidman and Elmer Cleveland are not present in this version. A few light creases are evident on the reverse, but do not affect the photo. The photo displays exceptional clarity and contrast. Technically Fair condition overall, but closer to Vg-Ex in its overall appearance. SGC has encapsulated the cabinet card and certified it as "Authentic." Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+.

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