Lot # 26: 1885 Chicago White Stockings Team Card Featuring Cap Anson - Image Used For N172 Old Judge Anson In Uniform

Starting Bid: $2,500.00

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Extremely rare team photograph and schedule card picturing twelve members of the 1885 National League Champion Chicago White Stockings. This incredible piece was produced to give to season ticket holders to celebrate the team's move to West Park. The players featured here, all of whom are posing in uniform, are as follows: Top Row (L to R): George Gore, Silver Flint, Cap Anson, Sy Sutcliffe, Mike "King" Kelly, and Fred Pfeffer. Bottom Row (L to R): Larry Corcoran, Ned Williamson, Abner Dalrymple, Tommy Burns, John Clarkson, and Billy Sunday. In addition to a printed schedule on the reverse, Sutcliffe played with Chicago only in 1885, thereby conclusively dating the photo. It is interesting to note that the image of Anson displayed on this card is identical to the one used for his legendary Old Judge rarity, the "Anson in Uniform" pose. This is the first example of this card we have ever offered, and we cannot recall seeing another at public auction. The White Stockings finished first in the National League in 1885, but fell just shy of claiming a World Championship. Matched against the American Association champion St. Louis Browns in the World Series, neither team could claim victory after the Series ended in a tie (each team won three games, with one game ending in a tie). The reverse features an ornate listing of the team's officers, directors, and players, as well as a schedule of games in the 1885 season. The card presents as Excellent overall, with naturally scalloped edges and outstanding photo clarity. The reverse is moderately toned, with two unobtrusive spots of paper loss in the top corners. This is an exceptional team card from the mid-1880s featuring the legendary Cap Anson in an especially noteworthy pose. Opening Bid $2,500. Estimate (open).

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