Lot # 67: 1888 Joseph Hall Cabinet William George (N338 S. F. Hess & Co. Style and Pose)

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 32 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Summer 2020",
which ran from 7/24/2020 12:00 PM to
8/16/2020 6:00 PM

Presented is an extremely rare cabinet-card of pitcher William George, produced circa 1888 by renowned baseball photographer Joseph Hall. The formal studio photo pictures George in uniform, as a member of the New York Giants. The reverse features a large and very elaborate advertisement for the Joseph Hall photography studio, located in Brooklyn, New York. With its distinctive oval-style portrait design, and featuring the identical image used in the S. F. Hess series, at a glance the cabinet looks like a giant S. F. Hess card of Wm. George (For reference, an example of the smaller S. F. Hess tobacco card of George was sold in REA's Spring 2004 auction as Lot 23). The photo is bright and crisp, with a stray blue mark on the lower right, a tear on the right edge, and moderate staining along the top and bottom. The mount (4.25 x 6.25 inches) has wear on the edges and staining, and is technically in Fair condition overall. George has been identified in vintage black fountain pen (not in his hand) on the front directly below his image. The reverse has "George" written in the upper right and staining at the bottom. Encapsulated as Authentic by SGC due to an irregular cut along the bottom edge. A presentable example from one of the nineteenth century’s rarest baseball card sets. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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