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Much about these cabinets is mysterious. Jones, Keyser & Arras was a photography studio in New York that never issued any other cards. The set was never catalogued by Burdick and it only received wider attention in the hobby fewer than 20 years ago after a big group was sold by Mastro. Due to the number etched on the bottom of each photographic plate, speculation has been that the set contains 50 players. However, there are gaps in the checklist (see bottom of this page) and only 41 cards have been confirmed. My suspicion is that this list is complete.
Lew Lipset profiled this set in issue #50 of The Old Judge newsletter in January 1994. He put the checklist at 37 cards, up from just 15 ten years earlier, but noted that it was “very incomplete”.
Three cards are known with info written or stamped on the back. Two of the cards belonged to the same Chicago owner and the other has the name of a Chicago cigar store, so I’d surmise that the cabinets were given away there (and maybe the owner got his two at that same store). You can see pictures on the JKA gallery page.
|301||Ford||New York American|
|303||Warhop||New York American|
|304||William Dahlen, Mgr.||Brooklyn National|
|307||Bridwell||New York National|
|308||Murray||New York National|
|310||Snodgrass||New York National|
|311||Ames||New York National|
|312||Merkle||New York National|
|313||Devlin||New York National|
|314||Wiltse||New York National|
|315||Devore||New York National|
|325||Fred Clarke, Mgr.||Pittsburg National|
|326||Clark Griffith, Mgr.||Cincinnati National|
|327||Roger Bresnahan||St. Louis National|
|340||Chase||New York American|
|341||Doyle||New York National|
|342||Meyers||New York National|
|343||Mathewson||New York National|
|344||Raymond||New York National|
|345||John J. McGraw, Mgr.||New York National|