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Circa 1875 George Wright CDV
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $6,462.50
Circa 1875 CDV photograph of George Wright, the preeminent shortstop of his era, in a formal studio portrait pose. This is an extremely rare, previously unknown portrait of George Wright. The photographer's name ("W. Kurtz") and address ("Madison Square") are printed on the bottom border of the mount. The W. Kurtz Studios photography advertising stamp appears on the reverse, as does the name "Geo Wright" written in pencil. CDVs of early baseball stars are both rare and highly prized, especially those of Hall of Famers. George Wright, who was the younger brother of Harry Wright, was a member of the legendary 1869 Red Stockings and later starred for Boston's entry in both the National Association and the National League. A feared hitter and outstanding defensive player, Wright helped lead Boston to four straight National Association titles (1872-75) and two consecutive National League pennants (1877-78). In 1879 he left Boston and piloted Providence to its first National League title. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937, the same year in which he passed away. The CDV (2.5 x 4 inches) has a diagonal scratch in the lower portion of the photo (which appears to be the result of some form of writing instrument) as well as some light soiling. In Good to Very Good condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $6,462.50
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