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    1894 Betz Studio Baltimore Orioles Cabinet Photo SGC Authentic. The 1894 Baltimore Orioles featured no less than seven Hall of Famers including manager Ned Hanlon, Dan Brouthers, Hugh Jennings, John McGraw, Willie Keeler, Joe Kelley and Wilbert Robinson. The team was a fascinating group of talented yet malcontents who have become known for trick plays and smart-alike antics i.e. moving the baseline or physically holding runners on base. With less than impressive finishes the two prior years it was probably this "what'll they do next" approach that kept crowds coming Union Park day after day. What they did next was win games. In 1894 they won 89 games with every man in the batting order hitting .300 or better ultimately earning a "World Champion" title! And then they would win two more in 1895 and 1896. Offered is the perfect companion piece to the pendant/ribbon available elsewhere in this auction - a rare 16-man team composite cabinet card. Encapsulated SGC Authentic, due to a piece of the top layer in the bottom left corner that was re-attached. Measuring the typical 4-1/4x6-1/2," the treasured relic has survived quite well with only the mentioned corner area being the only major condition issue. The "Betz" and their address adorn the card mount, the sepia-toned image has faded some in the last 120-years but we should all look so good at this age. Considering the personality of the players, the carnations, bow ties and formal attire are sort of a tongue-in-cheek inside joke on the adoring viewers. The central image clearly identifies as the "Baltimore Base Ball Club," bat decoration paired with an "18" and "94" securely ties this rarity to that historic season.

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