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    1891 Joseph Hall "New York B. B. Club, 1891" Team Cabinet Photo SGC Authentic. The 1891 New York Giants finished third that year but it certainly wasn't for a lack of talent. It is hard to imagine a team who could boast more future Hall of Fame members. The team was lead by manager Jim Mutrie, their star studded roster featured no less than six HoFers! Few pieces are known featuring multiple members of the 1891 squad. Offered is a blank back Joseph Hall composite team cabinet photo with the inscription," NEW YORK B. B. CLUB, 1891" showcasing 17 members of the '91 team, "copyright J. Hall" confirming it's origins. The "1" is almost completely missing and our 1891 date comes from the fact that all 17 men were on the team that year and any claims of "that could be a "4" are baseless as a dozen of the pictured athletes had either retired or went on to play for other teams by then. The players, arranged by position, include: Pitchers - John Ewing, Mickey Welch, Tim Keefe, Amos Rusie and Jack Sharrott; Catchers - Lew Whistler, Buck Ewing-Captain, Dick Buckley and Artie Clark; In-Field - Jack Glasscock, Charley Bassett, Danny Richardson, Roger Connor; Out-Field - James O'Rourke, Mike Tiernan, George Gore and Jim Mutrie-Manager. Encapsulated SGC Authentic, this rare 19th Century entry now measures 5-11/16" x 7-15/16" with obvious missing portions, almost exclusively affecting are the secondary card mount. The back of the mount has wear, some surface loss and soiling. The central image does have some damage along the right lower portion and a clipped top/left corner with the remaining area remarkably unscathed. Condition aside this is the first example of this team we have been able to find and for now is a one-of-a-kind 19th Century rarity.

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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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