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Circa 1889 Cape May Baseball Player Cabinet Card Lot of (10) Players

Lot Number 278

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Regarded as the oldest seaside resort in the United States, Cape May, New Jersey 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. 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 an oceanic background setting. 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 for whom they were associated. 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. All cards are complete and intact with solid backers and handsome studio labels affixed at the bottom of the obverse. 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 are 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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