Lot # 86: Three N173 Goodwin Old Judge Cabinet Proofs (Flynn, Omaha)

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Presented are three photographs of Flynn of Omaha of the Western Association. These photographs almost certainly originate from what is commonly referred to as the "Vermont Find" of Old Judge-related materials. This extraordinary collection discovered many years ago included numerous items relating to Old Judge baseball photography, including approximately fifty original glass plate negatives used to produce Old Judge cabinet cards. All Old Judge glass plate negatives known to exist originate from this find. By any measure, the "Vermont Find" is one of the most interesting and significant finds relating to Old Judges to ever surface. Unfortunately there were no cards, but included were approximately ten series of mounted photographic prints like the offered series of three, each framed together, and featuring between three and six different poses of the same player, with each photo having "Copyright 1888 Goodwin & Co." and player identification in white lettering. The purpose, or even the exact year of production, of these photographs is unknown. Some of the poses are not known to exist on issued Old Judge cards, including three of the Flynn poses. Included were several duplications of photo series, though no duplication of photos on the same mount within the same frame. All of the photographs were made from original Old Judge glass plate negatives, but not all of the plate negatives used in their production had survived. For years it has been generally assumed that the framed photographs date from the 1880s, as much of the material was definitely from the late 1880s, but our research, which includes examination by photograph experts and dating when Wendel Photographic Art Studios was in business, indicates that these photographs do not actually date from the nineteenth century, but were likely made after 1900. The contrast of all three photographs is flawless. While at first glance they appear to be in excellent condition overall, they would technically grade more modestly due to stress mark surface creases, which can be seen when held at an angle or examined up close. Each photograph measures 5.75 x 4.25 inches. Framed to total dimensions of 14 x 7.5 inches. The size/weight of this item requires that there will be an additional shipping charge for this lot. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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