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    1888 S.F. Hess Cabinet Photograph of Pat Murphy, Type 1. This remarkable early cabinet photo utilizes the same imagery as the highly collectible and exceedingly rare 1888 S.F. Hess N388-2 issue, examples of which typically sell for thousands of dollars on the rare occasions that they surface. What we present here is far scarcer still, as fewer than twenty examples of these S.F. Hess cabinets are known to exist. This specimen pictures the back-up catcher for the World Championship New York Giants, his high-collared uniform and mustachioed visage typifying the image we carry of nineteenth century ballplayers in our mind. Vintage fountain pen ink identifies Murphy below his image. A degree of surface wear is to be expected, and mild staining must be noted and then instantly forgiven in consideration of the cabinet's tremendous scarcity. Toning is also apparent along the edges of the image verso, which attributes the fine photographic work to "The Windsor Family Portrait Gallery" of Brooklyn, New York. Size is 4.25x6.25".

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    May, 2007
    5th Saturday
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