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Circa 1889 Cape May Baseball Player Cabinet Card Lot of (10) with (2) SGC Graded

Lot Number 64

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Regarded as the oldest seaside resort in the U.S., Cape May, NJ served as host to an 1880s-1890s summer baseball team manned by players who attended major eastern colleges. Offered is a lot of (10) c.1889 Cape May baseball player cabinet cards with (2) SGC graded. Produced by Chester Studio of Cape May, these nicely-preserved photo cards measure approximately 4-1/4 x 6-1/2” and show incredible original details with sharp images and appealing gloss. Each card features a player attired in a Cape May baseball uniform posed in front of backdrop scene of the ocean. The reverse of each card is handwritten with the corresponding player’s name, position and the date ’89, along with the school and/or city they were associated with. Three of the subjects, Elwood “Woody” Wagenhurst, Billy Day and Dave “Cheese” Anderson played for the National League Philadelphia Quakers/Phillies during the late-1880s to early-1890s. Day also played in the Delaware State League and most of the others including Wagenhurst are cited as having attended Ivy Leagues schools. Featured players are: Elwood Wagenhurst SGC 20, “Cheese” Anderson SGC 20; and (8) non-graded cards average (VG to EX) with: Billy Day, George Bergen, Mart Bergen; C.C. Davis; “Flip” Durell, “Kid” Lansing; Joe Upton and “Slump” Watts. This item has a reserve. Estimated value ($5,500-$10,000). More on our website.

Appropriate to the period of issue this visually stunning collection represents a town famed for its Victorian Era houses. All cards are complete and intact with solid backers and handsome studio labels affixed at the bottom of the obverse. The (2) SGC graded cards are mystifying as both present much better than the assigned technical grades. The only card that is creased is C.C. Davis. The handwritten notations on the card reverses appear to be penned in the same hand, the list of notations is as follows:

Wagenhurst: E.O. Wagenhurst, Princeton and U of Pa, Cape May ‘89, 2nd Base

Anderson: “Cheese” Anderson, Philadelphia, Cape May ‘89, Pitcher, Afterwards on Phila League Team and Pittsburgh

Day: “Billy” Day, Wilmington, Del, Cape May ‘89, Pitcher Afterwards on Phila League

G. Bergen: (possibly spelled Burgen) George Burgen, Princeton college, Cape May ‘89, Left field

M. Bergen: (possibly spelled Burgen) Mart Bergen, Princeton College, Cape May ‘89, Right field

Davis: C.C. Davis, Princeton College, Cape May ‘89, 1st Base

Durell: “Flip” Durell, Princeton College, Cape May ‘89, Center field

Lansing: “Kid” Lansing, U of Pa, Cape May ‘89, Catcher

Upton: Joe Upton, Harvard, Cape May ‘89, Catcher

Watts: “Slump” Watts, Princeton college, Cape May ‘89, 3rd Base

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