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    Circa 1887 Waltermire-Keith Lincoln Nebraska Team With Jake Beckley SGC 30 Good 2. Jake Beckley's career as a professional player began when he and Harry Staley were purchased by the Pittsburgh Alleghenys in 1888. In 1890 he went to the Pittsburgh Burghers of the newly formed Players League. Beckley would spend the next decade playing for Pittsburgh, New York, Cincinnati and St. Louis before retiring in 1907. His 2,930 lifetime hits was second only to the revered Cap Anson. Jake was honored with an induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971. Beckley played for Leavenworth in 1886 and went with Park Swarzel (also pictured) to the Lincoln Tree Planters of the Western League in 1887. That year the Tree Planters played to a 62-34 record to finish second. He played briefly for St. Louis in the Western Association in 1888 before going pro. The offered 6-7/16 x 4-3/16" cabinet card is a rare relic of an obscure league and team who by chance included a future Hall of Famer. Players depicted are Seibel, Miller, Hart, Swartzel, Brown, Beckley, Toohey, Herr, Hoover, Hall, Lange, Dolan, Rowe and Shafer. The card presents at an impressive excellent with only minor wear. The image area has some slight soiling and one approx. ΒΌ" crease in the paper seemingly before being pasted to the thick card mount. Advertising for Waltermire Studios and Keith Bros. distributors is clearly imprinted along the top and bottom. The SGC assessment is based solely on a "29856" pencil notation on the reverse. A rare and historic collectible few have seen before.


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