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    C. 1887 New Orleans Pelicans Team Cabinet Photo SGC Authentic. Offered is an immensely rare 19th Century team cabinet card of the New Orleans Pelicans of the Southern League from their inaugural season. The team was founded in 1887 and became part of the Southern Association in 1901 and remained a part of the association until it folded in 1961. Its most famous alumni from 1910 is Shoeless Shoe Jackson. The 4-1/4" x 6-1/2" cabinet has barely aged a day, showing minor wear at corners and surface spot staining on the reverse and some mild soiling in the lower left. The distinctive "Souby logo and "119 Canal Street, NEW ORLEANS" address stamp adorns the lower portion of the card mount. Aside from a slight rough cut about of about a half-inch long, the 13-player portrait area is immaculate. Encapsulated SGC Authentic for a reason we have been unable to determine. This beautiful and so very rare collectible from a league where little remains presents near-mint. We have been unable to find another example of a New Orleans team card from this era.

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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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