This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on:
Few collectibles exist pertaining to the powerhouse '85 White Stockings, who dominated the NL with an 87-25 record and tied the St. Louis Browns in the World Series. Back in 2011, a team cabinet photo such as this reached upward of $15,000 at auction. The larger, almost imperial-sized example presented here is slightly different in that late-arrival Jim McCormick has been super-imposed atop the departed Sy Sutcliffe (top row, third from right), and another former member, Larry Corcoran, has been removed from the far-left position (though his faint silhouette remains visible).
From left to right, top to bottom, the figures include: George Gore (.313, 115 runs, 13 triples), Silver Flint, Cap Anson (.310, 108, RBIs, 100 runs, 35 double), Jim McCormick, King Kelly (124 runs), Fred Pfeffer, Ned Williamson (one year after his astounding 27-HR campaign), Abner Dalrymple (team-leading slugger with 11 HRs), Tom Burns, John Clarkson (53 wins, 1.85 ERA!) and Billy Sunday (the final year that stolen bases were not an officially recorded statistic).
The 10” x 12” mount is missing its bottom two corners and has thankfully borne the brunt of any damage over the years, with edge chips/tears, toning and minor rippling. However, the 7” x 8-3/4” photo itself is about EX/MT with strong image quality and a lovely surface sheen affected only by modest general surface wear. It is also noteworthy to mention that Anson's countenance and pose bear an uncanny resemblance to his 1888 N172 Old Judge (In Uniform) card—thus, both portraits may have originated from the same studio session.
Scarce 1885 Chicago White Stockings National League Champions Oversized Cabinet Photo Featuring Cap Anson and King Kelly
Click above for larger image.