Love of the Game Spring, 2014 Auction - Closes Saturday, May 31, 2014
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Particularly interesting and likely unique cabinet photograph, this is actually NOT a cabinet photograph, as the photo image itself appears to have been affixed directly to its cardboard backing, so that the entire piece is mounted directly on the board, the photo extending all the way to the edges of the piece.  The typeface reading "Intercollegiate League 1889" was adhered on top of the photo, with some sort of adhesive.  The photos feature the teams from Williams, Dartmouth, Amherst and Trinity colleges, each faded but still clearly visible despite significant fading and toning.

Considerably more interesting is the reverse of the piece, which contains 60 stamps with the photo of a person (or in one case, pair of people) in the center, identified by name.  Printed in the border is "Eastman College."  Online research indicates that Eastman Business College of Poughkeepsie hired a local photographer to turn miniature albumen photos into stamp portraits.  These stamps have been affixed in neat rows to the reverse of the piece, in five rows of 12 stamps.  Written underneath each stamp is an elaborate listing of "crimes" each of the people in the photo ostensibly committed, along with a state where it was committed, and any additional interesting information like the reward available for a given person's capture.  

There is no indication anywhere on the piece as to what these notes might represent; knowing that the stamps depict students at Eastman Business College leads us to believe that the exercise was simply an elaborate joke or game.  Still, it makes for an incredibly interesting piece, very likely unique, and perhaps an outstanding research project for some lucky bidder.

Incredible 1889 Intercollegiate League Cabinet Photo w/Fascinating Stamps on ReverseIncredible 1889 Intercollegiate League Cabinet Photo w/Fascinating Stamps on Reverse
Incredible 1889 Intercollegiate League Cabinet Photo w/Fascinating Stamps on Reverse
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Minimum Bid: $100
Final prices include buyers premium.: $413
Number Bids: 15
Auction closed on Sunday, June 1, 2014.
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