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Circa 1895 Ed Barrow Cabinet Card
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $1,856.00
Three quick baseball trivia questions: 1) Who was the manager who discovered Honus Wagner? 2) Who was the manager who switched Babe Ruth from the mound to the outfield? 3) Who was the general manager who single-handedly orchestrated the New York Yankees baseball dynasty? If you answered Ed Barrow to any of those three questions, you are correct. Although Ed Barrow never played an inning in a Major League game, he remains, on the basis of those three achievements alone, one of the most important baseball figures of the early twentieth century. This extremely rare cabinet photo, circa 1895, captures the Hall of Fame executive as he looked at the start of his long and memorable career, in front of a cigar store in Iowa in the 1890s. Barrow, who is pictured in the foreground, closest to the camera, is seen standing with four other unidentified gentleman in front of his tobacco shop. One of the most noticeable elements of this photo is the fact that Barrow (in what is perhaps a foreshadowing of things to come) is standing next to a wooden baseball cigar store figure as opposed to the more common cigar store Indian. This particular cabinet card was owned personally by Ed Barrow. Years ago it was obtained directly from the Barrow family by legendary collector Barry Halper and it remained within his vast treasure trove of baseball memorabilia until the sale of his collection in 1999. This very cabinet photo was lent by Barrow to the Saturday Evening Post and used as an illustration by that publication in an article on Barrow's life. The photograph has exceptional clarity and contrast. The mount (4.25 x 6.5 inches) has a small tack hole in the lower margin and a few small areas of tape removal on the reverse from its having long ago been mounted in an album and very carefully removed, both extremely minor imperfections and mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy, otherwise in Excellent condition. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$400. SOLD FOR $1,856.00
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