Lot # 125: 1892 Los Angeles Seraphs Imperial Cabinet - First Professional Baseball Team in Los Angeles

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



Imperial team cabinet card featuring 14 members of the Los Angeles Seraphs of the California League. This is an exceedingly rare 19th century team cabinet and the only example we have ever seen. It is also historically significant in that the Los Angeles Seraphs were the first professional baseball team in Los Angeles and, therefore, 1892 marked the club's first season as a member of the California League (the league previously consisted of mainly northern California teams). The composite photo features two team executives and 12 players, all of whom are pictured in uniform. Each individual is identified in print below his respective image: G. A. Vanderbeck (President), W. F. Kennedy (secretary), R. J. Glenalvin (captain and player/manager), John F. Roach, Louis Balsz, J. A. Stafford, E. J. McNabb, C. G. Baldwin, Wm. Strong, E. H. Little, W. S. Wright, Geo. Treadway, Allen McCauley, and W. F. Hulen. The center caption reads "Los Angeles Ball Club 1892 Compliments of Siegel the Hatter. The photographer's credit, "Westervelt," appears both on the composite photo and along the base of the mount. While we do no know where the Seraphs finished in the league standings that year, they obviously boasted a talented club, with all of the players listed having appeared at the Major League level at some point in their career, with the exception of just Balsz and Strong. The cabinet card (7x 10 inches) displays light foxing (mainly on the composite photo), as well as light surface and edge wear. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Opening Bid $5,000. Estimate (open).

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