Lot # 25: 1878 Buffalo Bisons Team Card Featuring Pud Galvin Pre-Rookie

Starting Bid: $2,500.00

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Exceedingly rare team card featuring eleven members of the 1878 Buffalo Bisons baseball club, highlighted by the first appearance of Hall of Fame pitcher Pud Galvin. This is the first example of this rare piece we have ever handled, and it is the finest of three examples we know to exist. Featuring an albumen photograph of the Buffalo team in the year prior to joining the National League, the piece measures 5-3/8 x 3 inches and heralds the squad as "Champions of 1878" atop the image, noting its 25-8 the International League record along the bottom border. The eleven players are identified with numbers on the image and a key underneath; Galvin (spelled "Galven" on the piece) is in the top row at the far right. The other team members pictured are Tom Dolan, Jack Allen, Bill McGunnigle, Bill Crowley, Dave Eggler, Steve Libby, Chick Fulmer, Denny Mack, Davey Force, and Trick McSorely. All but two of the players (Dolan and Galvin) are pictured wearing an identical bib-front jersey lettered "Buffalo" across the front. Various equipment is prominently displayed, including a ball (held by Galvin), two bats, and a catcher's mask. Advertisements for local merchants flank the image. As noted earlier, the piece has survived in remarkable condition with a flawless image and no creases. The blank reverse features only a small, unobtrusive "9,500.00" in pencil. This is an extraordinary nineteenth-century team photograph, the likes of which are seldom seen at public auction, made especially significant by the earliest appearance of Hall of Famer Pud Galvin. Opening Bid $2,500. Estimate (open).

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