Love of the Game Auctions Spring 2023 Premier Auction

6. 1888 Conly Studios Boston Red Stockings John Clarkson (HOF - Right Arm at Back) - PSA EX 5 (MK)

Produced by the prominent Conly Photographic Studios of Boston, a gorgeous studio photo of the Hall of Fame pitcher and outfielder. The cabinet features a striking image of Clarkson in full uni- form, in a pitching pose. The photographer credit and player name are prominently printed on the mount, along with a copyright date of April, 1888. An ornate Conly Studio logo also appears on the reverse. Having spent the 1884-87 seasons with the Chicago White Stockings, Clarkson’s contract was sold to Boston for $10,000 on April 3 of 1888. The April 1888 copyright date on the mount makes this an extremely early photo of Clarkson with his new team - perhaps the earliest photo to picture him in his Boston uniform. Clarkson would remain with the Beaneaters for five seasons, his 33-19 record helping the club to a first place finish in 1891. One of the great pitchers of the 19th Century, Clarkson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1963. The card itself is wonderful, with a bold, crisp image and outstanding contrast. The mount itself remains in outstanding shape, clean and bright, with no sign of foxing or staining, and very little edge and corner wear. A few very small, stray ink marks on the reverse account for the MK qualifier assigned by PSA, overall a very strict assessment. 19th Century cabinet photos picturing Hall of Famers remain exceedingly desirable among advanced collectors; this example is one of the finest and best-preserved specimens we have encountered. MINIMUM BID: $5,000

7. 1897 Elmer Chickering Cabinet Kid Nichols (HOF)

Historically important cabinet photo of Hall of Famer Charles Augustus “Kid” Nichols as shot at the legendary Boston studio of Elmer Chickering. The Chickering studio is well-known for its baseball portraits, and is the source of almost all the images of Boston players from the late 19th Century. This image is a familiar one, best known as the portrait that graces Nichols’ National Copper Plate/ Sporting News Supplements, a beautiful original photograph with outstanding detail of the young pitcher. Though the photograph is sharp and detailed, it does exhibit some soiling, along with minor areas of foxing on the image itself. The mount displays some wear at the corners and edges, along with some surface wear, some of which is evident in the Chickering logo at the bottom border. Surface wear is also evident on the photo itself, though not distracting from its beauty. The reverse is heavily notated, with some notes and a former owner address typewritten onto labels affixed to the back, secured in place with clear tape. The notations are interesting, and suggest a history of newspaper or periodical use. We surmise that the tape and labels are the reason for the AUTHENTIC grade assigned by PSA, as the cabinet measures properly and shows no signs of tampering that we can identify. Some minor creasing can be observed on the mount at the reverse. A tremendous early cabinet photo of an important 19th Century Hall of Famer, taken by an import- ant photo studio, an original photo picturing what is perhaps the most widely-recognized image of Kid Nichols. MINIMUM BID: $1,000


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