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    1888 S.F. Hess Cabinet Photograph of Silent Mike Tiernan, 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 is particularly desirable as it pictures one of the true mainstays of the Victorian era New York Giants. While most members of the 1888-89 World Championship squad jumped to the Players League in 1890, Tiernan remained behind to finish his thirteen-year career at the Polo Grounds. This image finds him at the earliest portion of that career, donning his Giants jersey and cap as he gazes into the far distance. Vintage fountain pen ink identifies Tiernan 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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    Auction Dates
    October, 2006
    28th Saturday
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