1899 Boston Beaneaters Original Imperial Cabinet Photograph. This extraordinary 19th century display piece comes to us directly from the Frisbee family, the descendants of Charlie Frisbee, who made forty-two appearances for the 1899 Beaneaters, and four more with the 1900 New York Giants, before injuries relegated him to the minors. But his service to the Boston club earned him a seating at Elmer Chickering's photographic studio, where he sat for the individual portrait second from the bottom at the right side of the team image.

    The Brooklyn Superbas would claim the National League Championship this year, with Boston finishing in second, but the Beaneaters boasted a remarkable roster of future Hall of Famers--Jimmy Collins, Hugh Duffy, Sliding Billy Hamilton, Kid Nichols, Vic Willis and manager Frank Selee, each of whom appears in the individual and team images.

    The 12x16" relic is crafted from heavy card stock, and a degree of expected wear is apparent, most notably in the loss of a few square inches at upper edge. Such issues must be considered in light of the tremendous rarity and desirability of the piece, however, while remembering that well over 90% of the piece presents without issue. This one-of-a-kind treasure is the first example we have encountered.

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