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    Important 1872 Boston Red Stockings CDV Albert Spalding SGC Authentic - From the George Wright Collection. Albert Spalding first played organized baseball for the Rockford Pioneers in 1865 at the tender age of 15. Little did anyone at the time anticipate the influence he would have on the game nor expect that the successful sporting goods company he co-founded which is still open for business today. It is a a toss-up which skill Spalding excelled at better. As a pitcher for the Boston Red Stockings his record was an impressive 205-53. He also batted an equally impressive .323. Not content with the league he played for, Spalding and a select group of other talents all signed with the Chicago White Stockings in 1875. This move brought the National Association to a close. The new league, the National League was born in 1876. While in Chicago, Albert and his brother opened a sporting goods store and became the first star of any magnitude to wear a glove to protect his hands. Also at this time came the first official rules guide, which of course mentioned only Spalding baseballs could be used. His retirement from professional ball came in 1878, but he was always involved with the game on some level. It was Spalding who sponsored the 1888-89 trip around the world promoting the sport. A cabinet photo of Cap Anson from this tour is available elsewhere in this auction. It was Spalding who helped bring to an end of the Players League (1890); called for a commission to determine the origins of the game in 1905 which lead to Abner Doubleday getting credit for "inventing" baseball and was the author of the noted book America's National Game in 1911. Team items aside, this CDV is one of only three known real-photo images of Albert Spalding available to hobbyists. The others are an 1872 Warren Cabinet and a Mort Rogers scorecard. His depiction for his E223 G&B card is a line drawing illustration. This cabinet card comes from the personal collection of George Wright, at one time serving as part of a display which imaged 11 members of the Red Stockings team. Just a small amount of stock crinkling in the lower right and the intentionally clipped left corner, needed to accommodate other cabinet cards for proper placement, are noteworthy. The rarely seen image of Spalding in formal attire is virtually problem free, even the clipped area fails to take away from the portrait's appeal. A truly rare and desirable relic from the earliest days of our National Pastime. Encapsulated as "Authentic" by SGC, with note to its special provenance.

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