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Michael "Nuf-Ced" McGreevy "3rd Base" Photo Collection (3)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,292.50

Collection of three extraordinary photographs, one of which is signed, relating to Boston's most famous baseball fan, Michael "Nuf-Ced" McGreevy. In the history of fandom, McGreevy's name stands alone as the top "Krank" of all-time. 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, and the official home of the Royal Rooters. 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." It should be noted that McGreevy's association with the Red Sox went well beyond that of a regular fan. He often accompanied the team during their spring training trips and was once even included in their official team photo. Offered here are two original photos of McGreevy, and a photograph of his 3rd Base Tavern. 1) The first is a cabinet photo of McGreevy produced by the renowned photography studio of Elmer Chickering. McGreevy is pictured in a formal studio pose, circa 1900, and the photo has been inscribed by McGreevy in black fountain pen along the top right corner. The inscription and reads "To Brother Charles Lavis - Compliments of M. T. McGreevy - Nuf Ced " ("5"). Charles Lavis was the "number two" Royal Rooter. The Chickering studio stamp appears on the reverse. A pencil notation on the reverse reads "Brother Mike". The cabinet card (4.25 x 6.5 inches) is in Excellent condition and has been affixed (by means of tape on the reverse) to a vintage paper matting that identifies McGreevy along the base in black ink: "Nuf-Ced - Chief Roxbury Rooter." 2) The second item is a real-photo postcard of McGreevy dating from 1907. The vintage pencil notation along the base reads "Nuf Ced - 1907 - Hot Springs." The Red Sox conducted spring training at Hot Springs, Arkansas during the early 1900s and, as mentioned previously, McGreevy normally always accompanied them. Here he is pictured wearing a Boston team sweater as he surveys the action. The postcard (3.5 x 5.5 inches) has never been mailed. In Very Good to Excellent condition due to a few very small, light creases which do not detract from its strong Excellent appearance. 3) The final offered item is a photo picturing an exterior view of McGreevy's 3rd Base Tavern, circa 1905. The photograph (5 x 4 inches) is in Excellent to Mint condition and is affixed to its original cardboard mount (8 x 7 inches). The mount has minor imperfections including a light stain on the top border. Lettered in pencil along the top of the mount is the name of the tavern "3rd Base," and lettered along the base, also in pencil, is the notation "Home of the Roxbury Rooters - Nuf-Ced." Total: 3 photos. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,292.50


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