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    Extremely Rare 1890 Players League "Chicago White Stocking" B. B. C. Cabinet Photo. UPDATE: It has been determined the as originally mentioned vertical crease is a tear that has been repaired.

    Baseball is no stranger to labor issues as would be any other industry. The Players League was started in large part to the efforts of HoFer John Ward who served as President of the Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players. The effort lasted but for one season. Collectibles produced promoting this rebel concoction are extremely rare and that is putting it mildly. Offered is one of only two confirmed examples of this cabinet card credited to the Stevens Art Studio of Chicago. Showcased in a well-design oval format are fifteen players of the 1890 Chicago White Stockings! Designed to impress, each player is presented via chest high portraits in their formal attire. The sepia image is crisp, very well focused, glossy and almost totally free of blemish of surface scarring. A lone vertical crease originates from the top edge and minimally affects the top center portrait who is none other than Charles Comiskey himself. The slick card mount is decorated with a deckle edge treatment and is surrounded in the same metallic gold that trumpets the Stevens Studio logo and location. The White Stockings line-up includes O'Neil, Boyle, Baldwin, Comiskey, Duffy, Latham, Farrell, Bastian, King, Williamson, Darling, Bartrow, Ryan, Pfeffer, and Dwyer. A pair of tack holes - one at top/center, another bottom/center have been professionally repaired. Visually, this piece presents at the excellent level and in any condition represents a significant and historically important time in the evolution of the American pastime.

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    May, 2017
    11th-13th Thursday-Saturday
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