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    1895 Warren Baseball Club Imperial Cabinet Photograph Featuring Honus Wagner. In a journalistic gaffe rivaling the "Dewey Beats Truman" headline, a Sporting Life writer expressed in the July 24, 1897 issue, "It is hoped that Louisville didn't throw away very much money on the Wagner deal, as times are bad and Wagner won't set the world afire..." With this simply stunning rarity we're offered a look at the twenty-one year old future Hall of Famer on his next-to-last stop before his ascension to the Majors as a member of the Warren club of the Pennsylvania Iron-Oil League. That's him standing second from right in the back row, the "S" on his mismatched jersey likely that of the Steubenville Inter-State League club he represented earlier in 1895. A striking work of Victorian era studio portraiture, the photo finds thirteen members of the club posed in an elegant gallery setting as part of what is almost certainly the earliest Wagner baseball image known. Each player is identified in bold vintage black ink on the lower border of the cabinet mount below the 10.5x13.5" image. Both the photo and the mount, which measures 13.5x16.5", present not a single condition flaw to note. The original frame (20x23") shows minor design loss at the right edge, but still presents very nicely. One could quite safely assume that this is the only example of this image in existence today, so bidders should consider this opportunity with due regard.

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    October, 2007
    27th Saturday
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