Horner Cabinet Sample
Sample Card - NOT Kid Elberfeld
Card Number: 6
Name/Caption: Kid Elberfeld
Set: 1905 Carl Horner Cabinets
Brand: Unclassified

Set: 1905 Carl Horner Cabinets (Other - Unclassified Sets 1900-1949)

Set: 1905 Carl Horner Cabinets
Manufacturer / Brand: Other
Subject: Baseball
Identified Cards: 16

Player: Kid Elberfeld

Name on Card: Kid Elberfeld
Card Number: 7
Category: Baseball
Year: 1905
Set Name: 1905 Carl Horner Cabinets
Card Size: 5-1/2 x 7
Number of cards in set: 18

Horner, Carl. In the early 1900s Hornerís stoic, some will say bland, portraits of Major League Baseball players were commonly reprinted by newspapers, magazines, board games and trading cards. He shot what is one of the most recognizable images in the history of the American sport: the portrait of Honus Wagner used on the 1909 T206 card.

While reproductions of his images are common, Hornerís original mounted photographs are rare and highly desired. He produced a number of henís teeth rare and extremely expensive cabinet cards with T206 portraits (same portraits as used on the baseball cards). These cabinets are usually on light colored and ornately embossed mounts with his name on the bottom. He also produced full body cabinet cards and larger mounted photos of baseball players. These are desirable, though not as rare or expensive as his ĎT206í cabinets. These also have his name on the mount and are ornately embossed.

Horner produced some monster-sized composite baseball photographs. Made for particular leagues or teams, each photo contained many player vignettes. His name usually appears somewhere on the front. These are also rare and extremely expensive.

There are early 1900s imperial cabinet sized premiums that have reproductions (photoengravings with a dot pattern in the image) of Hornerís T206 images affixed to a dark colored mounts. Baseball card collectors refer to these as ĎHorner Cabinets.í A few of the images in this issue were shot by Benjamin J. Falk not Horner. Though collectable and scarce, these are not actual photographs and are to be distinguished from Hornerís more expensive original photographs.