Circa 1901 Connie Mack "MacIntire Studios" Cabinet Photo

Sold For: $1,410

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1180

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Extremely rare, early, and substantial Connie Mack studio photographer's cabinet photo, displaying exceptional clarity and contrast, capturing the "Tall Tactician" in formal attire, dating from the first several years of the new century. A cabinet card of Mack dating from this time period (1901 to 1905) is very unusual, and this one is outstanding. Although no year is provided on the embossed mount, the cabinet certainly dates to the approximate time when Mack first arrived in Philadelphia in 1901 as manager of the city's entry in the newly formed American League. This is the earliest portrait cabinet photo we have ever seen of Connie Mack, and his youthful visage stands in stark contrast to the more commonly seen images of him dating from the 1910 era and later in his managerial career. Mack, who was thirty-nine years old when he took over the A's in 1901, managed the club for fifty years, finally retiring in 1950 not because he wanted to, but as he said, "because other people wanted me to." The photographer's credit stamp, "MacIntire - 2104 Columbia Avenue - Philadelphia," is printed on the reverse. The MacIntire Studios that produced this cabinet is also of special note as this is the very same studio (then located on Ridge Avenue in Philadelphia) that produced cabinet cards of Philadelphia ballplayers in the late 1880s. The oval photograph (3.5 x 5 inches) displays a light vertical scratch and minor surface wear, and "Connie Mack" is lightly written in pencil on the reverse, extremely minor flaws of little or no consequence; the photo projects a strong overall Excellent appearance. The mount (6 x 7.75 inches) is in Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

SOLD FOR $1,410

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