1872 Warren Studio Boston Red Stockings Harry Wright CDV

I ran across this 1872 Harry Wright CDB (Warren Studio Red Stockings) in Mastro’s December 2001 catalog; it’s the same image that Old Cardboard and TCDB reference for the card.

The Standard Catalog of Vintage Baseball Cards describes the set as follows, “The champions from the premiere season of baseball’s first professional league (some wearing their championship pins), are pictured on these cartes de visites. Members of the Boston Red Stockings were photographed at a local studio, most of them being pictured in coat-and-tie with only Harry Wright in uniform. The cards measure about 2-1/2” x 4-1/4” with sepia photos bordered in white. In the bottom border is the name and address of the studio; information which is repeated on the otherwise blank back. Player identification is not found on the card but can be deduced by studying contemporary team pictures.”

The example of Harry Wright pictured above has a heavy crease the center; despite this flaw, Mastro still graded the card Vg due to its visual appeal. I don’t know what it sold for, but my 2016 Standard Catalog gives it a book value of $10k in NM, $5k in E, and $3k in Vg condition. If this card came up for auction today, I’d guess it would easily double the NM value.

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