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Circa 1903 Mike "Nuf Ced" McGreevy Portrait Photo and 1903 Red Sox Program

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $4,112.50

Original professional studio portrait of Mike "Nuff Ced" McGreevy by photographer Carl Horner, accompanied by a 1903 Boston Americans program featuring this famous portrait on its cover. Perhaps no fan in baseball history is more famous than Boston's Mike "Nuf Ced" McGreevy. The leader of Boston's legendary Royal Rooters (an organized Red Sox fan club) at the turn of the century, he was also the proprietor of the 3rd Base Tavern, a popular sports bar that quickly evolved into a shrine to the Boston Red Sox. It was there that he earned his famous nickname by ending every baseball related argument brought to his arbitration with the final words "Nuf Ced." Offered is a magnificent studio portrait of Mike McGreevy dating to circa 1903. The oval photo (2.5 x 3.5 inches) captures McGreevy in a formal studio pose and is affixed to a heavy, bevel-edged white cabinet card mount (3.5 x 8 inches). The mount, in turn, is housed in a very slightly larger fold-over paper sleeve, which is attached and opens not unlike the covers of a book, and which provides added protection and presentation value. A special glassine leaf is also present which separates the cabinet photograph from the interior cover, and which provides additional protection to the professional studio photo. This photograph was taken by Carl J. Horner, the premier baseball photographer in the Boston area at the turn of the century. Horner's stylized "H" logo appears on the center of the protective cover. Of special note is the fact that many early Boston Americans programs feature this very portrait of McGreevy on the cover. Accompanying the studio portrait is a 1903 Boston Red Sox program that features this very image on the cover. The photo of McGreevy was used in conjunction with an advertisement for his 3rd Base Tavern that simply reads "McGreevy on the Avenue.' Nuffsaid..." It is also interesting to note that this program features both a full-page composite of the 1902 Boston Americans team and a full-page composite featuring portraits of all members of the American League, along with an advertisement for photos for sale at Horner Studios. In addition to McGreevy's portrait, the program also features the portrait of Hall of Famer Jimmy Collins. The ten-page program was issued for a game against the Chicago White Sox, is not scored, and features both Jimmy Collins and Cy Young in the preprinted lineup for Boston. It is in Excellent condition. The studio photograph is in Near Mint condition, with a few chips and tears to the edges of the protective paper cover. Total: 2 items (photo and scorecard). Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $4,112.50


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