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    C. 1888 Devenny Studio "Farmer" Vaughn Cabinet Photo SGC 60 EX 5. "Farmer" Vaughn was a solid batter posting a .274 lifetime batting average for his 13-year career. Offered is a very rare Devenny Artist & Photographer of Louisville, KY cabinet photo of Farmer Vaughn. Vaughn played for Louisville of the American Association in 1888 and 1889. Graded SGC 60 EX 5, the cabinet card mount shows just some very mild spot wear on front, a small surface abrasion in the left edge that affects the red border line decoration, a brief corner bend on the reverse accounts for the SGC grade and does nothing to take away the enjoyment of the studios creative typographic address information and surrounding artistic decoration. His central portrait shows a few spot stains and no surface wear. A fantastic portrait and who doesn't appreciate those handle bar moustaches.



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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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