Lot # 67: 1887 Topeka (Kansas) Golden Giants Team Cabinet

Starting Bid: $2,500.00

Bids: 1 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2021",
which ran from 4/2/2021 12:00 PM to
4/18/2021 9:00 PM

Exceptional and scarce cabinet card depicting the 1887 Topeka Golden Giants of the Western League. Led by manager Walt Goldsby, the team compiled an extremely impressive 90-25 record during its only season in existence. Topeka won the league championship by fifteen games over the Lincoln Tree Planters (who boasted future Hall of Famer Jake Beckley on their staff). The offered cabinet, which is the first example we have ever handled and one of only two we know to exist, features eleven headshots arranged in a circle, with one in the center. Each headshot is framed with the name and position underneath. An alternating pattern of baseball bats and baseballs form the perimeter surrounding the images. Inside the circle of images is text reading "The G. G. G.'s," which stands for "The Goldsby Golden Giants," a nickname given to the high-performing team and their manager, as well as the town name "Topeka" and the year "1887." The studio name ("Downing") appears on the base of the mount. Pictured on the cabinet are eleven players (from top center): Jimmy Macullar, Joe Gunson, Spud Johnson, Dan Stearns, Charlie Hoover, Jack Kenyon, Perry Werden, Frank Hafner, Tom Sullivan, Joe Ardner, and Jim Conway. Manager Goldsby is in the center. Many of these players had Major League experience and appear in sets, such as N172 Old Judge. The cabinet (4.5 x 6.5 inches) is in Excellent condition overall, with brilliant contrast and no creases. The blank reverse displays light toning and a few small age spots of no significance. This is an extremely rare nineteenth-century cabinet card, depicting one of the most successful minor league teams of the era, and offering an incredibly rare opportunity to acquire a Kansas and Western League team card. Opening Bid $2,500. Estimate (open).

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