Summer, 2019 Premier Auction
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One of the more famous 19th Century team photos, depicting the 1885 Chicago White Stockings, who finished the 1885 season with an astonishing 87-25 record behind the play of Cap Anson and King Kelly, along with 19th Century legends Piano Legs Gore, John Clarkson, Silver Flint, and Billy Sunday.  Measuring 12" x 10" including the mount, this 8 1/2" x 6 3/4" is as crisp and detailed as we have seen.  The mount, as was its intent, has absorbed the bulk of the wear over the years, resulting in some noticeable paper loss.  None of the wear or damage impacts the photo itself.  For framing and/or display purposes, a modern mount is included, a perfect addition to the photo to help place the focus on the exceptional quality of the image and not on the wear to the mount.

The subjects in the photo read like a Who's Who in 19th Century baseball: FRONT ROW (L-R): Ned Williamson, Abner Darlrymple, Thomas Burns, John Clarkson (HOF), and Billy Sunday; BACK ROW (L-R): Piano Legs Gore, Silver Flint, Cap Anson (HOF),  Jim McCormick, King Kelly (HOF) and Fred Pfeffer.

A little-known fact about this photo is that it actually contains the images that were composited together to create the famous N172 Cap Anson (In Uniform) card.  The Anson In Uniform is the most desirable of all the N172 Old Judge Cigarettes cards, incredibly rare with just a handful known to exist, with many collectors feeling that should one sell at auction today, it would surely become the most valuable 19th Century card.  To construct the card, the artist simply removed Anson's head from the image, and, in an extraordinary act of 19th Century Photoshop, reattached it to the body of Abner Darlrymple below him.  Subsequently masking the background, the appearance of Anson, with his arms folded across his chest, created the card image.

An extraordinary photo, seldom-seen and very important, depicting one of the game's great early teams, with three Hall of Famers and several other players who ranked among the greatest and most important of their era.

Gorgeous 1885 Chicago White Stockings Oversized Cabinet Photo w/Anson & Kelly - Used To Create N172 Anson In Uniform Card!Gorgeous 1885 Chicago White Stockings Oversized Cabinet Photo w/Anson & Kelly - Used To Create N172 Anson In Uniform Card!Gorgeous 1885 Chicago White Stockings Oversized Cabinet Photo w/Anson & Kelly - Used To Create N172 Anson In Uniform Card!
Gorgeous 1885 Chicago White Stockings Oversized Cabinet Photo w/Anson & Kelly - Used To Create N172 "Anson In Uniform" Card!
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Minimum Bid: $1,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,690
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Sunday, August 25, 2019.
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