April 2007 Catalog > Sports > Baseball and Other Trading Cards
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Lot 333: 1888-89 Cincinnati Red Stockings Victorian Photograph Album with Original "Old Judge" Cabinet Cards Presented to Long John Reilly by August Hermann
Only specimen known of this velvet-covered Victorian photo album that was presented exclusively to players by team owner August Hermann. This one was originally presented to Long John Reilly and obtained from a family member (comes with their LOA). It has never before been up for public sale. Inside are 19 individual cabinet photographs of the players. Includes: Awesome team photo by Levi & Gold with rectangular montage photos of 16 team members. Trimmed at the bottom otherwise EX-MT. There are eleven Old Judge poses by Scholton of St. Louis on their mounts. They are spectacular, uniformed baseball poses and are of first-generation quality, FAR BETTER than the Old Judge’s themselves. They are unidentified on the cards themselves but we believe they are of Corkhill, Viau, Tebeau, Carpenter (w/base runner), Mullane (two different poses), Long John Reilly himself and four others we have not yet identified. Included within are Old Judge poses that are previously UNKNOWN. There are also two Old Judges by “Watson” of Serad and O’Connor of similar quality and import. There are four other cabinets: Fredricks & Koester of Viau and Levi & Gold of Baldwin which are the same as on the montage cabinet of the 1888 team, one Scholton and one Baker of bearded player or team official (unknown), and Keenan with trimmed bottom which removed the name of the photographer. Condition of the cabinet cards average a sterling NRMT overall. The album itself has an onion skin presentation page imprinted with “Compliments of Hermann the Great.” Album pages are brittle and some are damaged from the safe removal of the cards. Album itself grades Good. We auctioned the Long John Reilly Collection in the early 1990s and this piece was not in the mix. It has never before been up for public sale.
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