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    C. 1889 Wybrant Studio William "Farmer" Weaver Cabinet Photo SGC 80 EX/NM 6. Farmer Weaver joined the Louisville Colonels in Sept. of 1888 and was one of the top talents of a mediocre team. The ex-Texas Leaguer batted .291 in 1889 and was instrumental in ending a 26-game losing streak. Offered is a very rare Wybrant Studio cabinet photo obviously taken for the Goodwin & Co. production we now call N172 Old Judge baseball cards. Our reference shows this pose of Weaver has not been found as an N173 Old Judge cabinet card. Graded SGC 80 EX/NM 6, this cabinet shows only very minor wear, full metallic gold edging and a distinctive, very clean pink card stock mount.



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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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