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    C. 1891 Kensington Art Studio Amos Rusie Cabinet Photo SGC 60 EX 5. What an incredible sight it must have been seeing 6'1" 200-lbs. Amos Rusie only 50 feet away (until 1893) throwing a baseball at you over 90 miles per hour! He was a flame thrower who won 30+ games four times but was just as likely to lead in walks. One of the most dominant pitchers of the time, Rusie amassed 246 wins in just nine years from 1890-1898. Putting Hugh Jennings into a coma with one of his fast balls was one of the reasons the pitching mound was moved back to the current 60' 6" mark. Graded SGC 60 EX 5, this Kensington Art Studio of Brooklyn, N.Y. cabinet shows just some very mild surface wear, barely any corner wear and slight factory back wrinkling to account for the SGC assessment. His central portrait is nothing short of impressive. Within the full range of values and exceptional detail you can even see the stick pin portion of his horseshoe shaped tie pin. A fantastic barely handled piece of a top 19th Century HoFer!



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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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