March 2012
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on: 3/7/2012

Attack of the 50-Foot Woman Ballplayer! Well, not exactly. But this imperial-sized cabinet, measuring 7-1/2" x 13", doubtless represents the largest format ever produced of the earliest female baseballers. Frankly, it’s as astounding that Allen & Ginter chose such an ostentatiously expensive medium in the first place, as it is that the Brobdingnagian beauty has survived to this day. Countless oversized mounted photos suffered the deleterious effects of age and environment, winding up in the rubbish heap of rarefication. Ms. Black Stocking Nine managed to escape that ultimate fate ... but nevertheless shows some evidence of uncareful handling and proud display. There are three pinholes along the top and bottom edges, respectively, with two of the bottom ones resulting in moderate surface paper loss. The mount also has typical minor edge wear and corner rubbing. Meanwhile, the 7" x 10-3/4" sepia image bears a slight emulsion effect (visual not textural) and a vintage horizontal border-to-border sealed repair just above head height. (The linear fissure appears definitely to have been a crack, but may have even been a complete separation.) Save these aforementioned flaws, the mount and photo are presentable and surprisingly clean, with impeachable gold embossing, a lustrous photographic surface and phenomenal image clarity. Competing copyright lines denote 1884 and 1886, a discrepancy which serves to confirm speculation that all of the Virginia Brights cards of the Black Stocking Nine and Polka Dot Nine may actually originate from the mid-to-late 1880s. Lastly, one interesting advantage of the imperial dimensions (we’re referring to the cabinet, of course, not its pleasantly plump subject) is that the minute details are all the better seen—for example, the ball frozen in mid-air by a hanging string, and the wedding ring on our lady’s gloveless left hand.

1886 Virginia Brights Black Stocking Nine Imperial Cabinet1886 Virginia Brights Black Stocking Nine Imperial Cabinet
1886 Virginia Brights Black Stocking Nine Imperial Cabinet
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $300
Price Realized (Includes Buyers Premium): $1,135
Number of Bids: 16
Auction closed on: 3/8/2012