Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice
Heritage is in the process of relocating its world headquarters to a new Dallas area location, which will be announced soon. Please call 214-528-3500 to confirm all Heritage appointments, events or deliveries in Dallas, as our departments and staff are moving at different times from separate locations.


    1889 Excelsior "Stockton "1889 Champions" Cabinet Card SGC VG/EX 4 - Possibly Unique. Very few baseball fans will be familiar with baseball & Stockton, CA even though they share a history that goes back to the 1860's. Just two years after the California League was founded, the city of Stockton sponsored what turned out to be a very talented club who won the CA League pennant in 1888. They placed poorly in 1889 and that would be the last of the Stockton club. Remarkably they inspired Ernest Lawrence Thayer to write his classic poem, "Casey at the Bat." The area where Banner Island Park was had a second name - Mudville. Offered is a beautifully produced cabinet card with 13 members of the 1888 squad in the shape of a lucky horseshoe. Players are identified next to each portrait. The back shows a credit for the Excelsior Art Gallery which "Monaco" studios was a part of. The possibly unique cabinet presents wonderfully, both card mount and the all-important central print. Gold gilt decoration along the outer perimeter has not seemed to have worn away much is not at all over the last 130 years. Graded SGC VG-EX 4. This is an extremely rare piece featuring a very short-lived West Coast team that appears to not have had an official name and just went by the "Stockton" name.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2019
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 11
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 398

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 12 days left to consign to the 2020 July 30 - 31 Summer Sports Card Catalog Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Thank you for your expertise, guidance through the auction process and for getting them top dollar for the cards.
    Mark F.,
    Rochester, NY
    View More Testimonials

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search