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1874 and 1904 Timothy Murnane Studio Cabinet Cards (2)
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,997.50
Offered here are two cabinet cards, taken thirty years apart, of former Major League player and legendary baseball sportswriter Timothy Murnane. 1) The first captures Murnane as a dashing young member of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1874. The formal studio pose pictures Murnane in full uniform as he leans against a bat. Murnane's signature appears along the base (signature has been enhanced) along with the date, "1874." A Suddard's & Fennemore photography stamp (No. 822 Arch Street, Philadelphia) is displayed on the reverse. This is the very same Philadelphia photographer who produced the 1874 Athletics team cabinet card which appeared as Lot #643 in Robert Edward Auctions' April 2006 auction. A pencil notation on the reverse (which appears to be in Murnane's hand) reads "With the Athletics of Philad - the year that I went to Europe - Cut for the front of cover." The notation regarding his trip to Europe is quite correct and of special significance, for the Philadelphia Athletics joined the Boston Red Stockings that summer in a trip to England to compete in a series of exhibition matches. The tour, which took place during the first three weeks of August, is extremely important in that it represents the first overseas baseball tour in the history of the game. Presumably there were cabinet cards produced of all the Philadelphia players (which included Cap Anson, Dick McBride, and Albert Reach), though this example is the first of an individual player from the series we have ever seen. The cabinet card (4.25 x 5.5 inches) has two tack holes along the top border as well as moderate corner wear. The photo exhibits light pencil marks in the lower right corner as well as minor enhancement to the front of Murnane's jersey. This is a very rare, possibly unique studio cabinet card of Timothy Murnane, one of baseball's most important figures, as a player in 1874. 2) The second cabinet card dates from approximately 1904 and captures Murnane during his days as one of baseball's most prominent sportswriters and most respected dignitaries. Produced by the Ritz Art Studio of Boston, Massachusetts (as noted along the base of the mount), the photo captures Murnane in a formal studio pose. Murnane's name is written on the reverse in pencil. The cabinet card (4.25 x 5.5 inches) is in Near Mint to Mint condition. Total: 2 cabinet cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,997.50
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