DescriptionC. 1891 Kensington Art Studio Mickey Welch Cabinet Photo SGC 55 VG/EX+ 4.5 - Phenomenal Image! All 19th Century cabinets are among the most prized collectibles of the era. A common player is a prized possession but needless to say Hall of Famers are aggressively sought after. Hall of Famer Mickey "Smiling" Welch of the New York Giants was one of the most prominent of all pitchers of his time and an early member of the 300-Wins Club. This is nothing short of an amazing cabinet photo of the early star boasting an image close to being un-improvable. Graded SGC 55 VG/EX+ 4.5, this Kensington Art Studio of Brooklyn, N.Y. cabinet shows very mild wear at corners and factory back wrinkling that accounts for the SGC assessment. This visually impressive image is very strong having retained a full range of values and exceptional detail.
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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