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1887 Carroll Studio Buck Ewing Cabinet Photo SGC 60 EX 5 - A Goodwin & Co. Proof. Offered is the first of two Carroll Photographic Art Studio cabinet proof cards of Buck Ewing. Both show incuse lettering "COPYRIGHT 1887, Goodwin & Co." into the surface. We feel this incised lettering was a process used early to secure copyright but proved to be time consuming and thus costly. Adding all of this information right onto negatives or hand letting onto prints would be much faster and cheaper which would be a sizable difference in cost and time considering the scope of the Goodwin promotion. This profile portrait of Ewing, fielding on a patch of grass is a known N172, but is not catalogued as an N173 Old Judge Cabinet. The image offers tremendous detail and a full range of values. Graded SGC 60 EX 5 for slight surface soiling and some roughness on the reverse which displays the Carroll Photographer Art Studio logo and address in New York. The front presents close to mint. White spots seen on the central image are in the photo itself and not some outside ailment affecting the glossy and delicate surface.

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The Cincinnati Find of Nineteenth Century Baseball Cabinet Photographs.


It seems only fitting that the most significant find of early baseball photography in recent memory should surface in a city with such an essential role in the early professional game.  While the precise history of this volume of fifty cabinets has been lost beneath the sands of time, our strong suspicion is that the genesis lies in the family of William "Buck" Ewing, the Hall of Fame catcher, who appears several times in the imagery.  Even more compelling is the appearance of his brother John Ewing, who is pictured both as a member of his elder sibling's 1891 New York Giants, and also on various minor league squads.  There would appear to be no other reason for such a wide (and occasionally obscure) cross-section of Ewing-related imagery other than a family derivation.

Even dismissing any thoughts of original ownership, the imagery stands firmly on its own, in terms of both content and condition, which leaves little indication of the passing of a dozen decades.  It's a view into the early game rarely encountered in this hobby, and an opportunity not to be taken lightly.

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