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"Nuf Ced" McGreevy Photo Collection (4)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,350.00
Collection of four photos relating to the most famous fan in sports history and the leader of Boston’s fabled “Royal Rooters,” Michael “Nuf Ced” McGreevy. 1 ) The highlight of this group is an 8.4 x 6.5-inch photo of the interior of McGreevy’s famed sports bar, the 3rd Base Saloon. 3rd Base, so named because it was the last stop before you went home, was the unofficial headquarters of the Royal Rooters. It also doubled as one of the first baseball museums. McGreevy turned the bar into a baseball shrine and decorated it with every form of baseball memorabilia imaginable. Naturally, most of the memorabilia related to the Red Sox, but McGreevy also displayed items and photos relating to all of the top stars and teams of the era. This glorious photo captures the interior of McGreevy’s bar as it looked in 1916. Numerous photos hang from the walls and the overhead lights (in the form of baseballs) hang from actual game bats he received from players. The photo displays outstanding clarity (many of the classic pieces on the wall are easily recognizable) and is mounted; however, the mount has been roughly trimmed and now matches the dimensions of the photo. A “W. H. Parsons” photography stamp appears on the reverse of the mount, as does the vintage handwritten date, “Feb 1916.” The photo displays a few minor borders tears (one of which extends into the central image) and is otherwise in Excellent condition. 2) Circa 1890s photograph (6.5 x 4 inches) picturing McGreevy standing in the doorway of his liquor store, the precursor to the famed 3rd Base Saloon. The sign over the door reads in part “M. T. McGreevy & Co. – Ales, Wines and Liquors.” The photo is mounted; however, the mount has been roughly trimmed and now matches the dimensions of the photo. Aside from minor corner wear, the photo remains in Excellent condition, displaying fine clarity and contrast. 3) Real photo postcard (3.5 x 5.5 inches) of McGreevy wearing a Boston Red Sox team sweater. This photo was taken in 1907 at the Red Sox spring training camp in Hot Springs, Arkansas. McGreevy frequently joined the team during spring training and often traveled with the club to important road games. The postcard has never been mailed and displays light edge and corner wear, as well as a minor crease along the left border. Vg-Ex. 4) Real photo postcard (4.5 x 3.5 inches) of McGreevy enjoying a winter swim on Boston’s frigid shore. McGreevy’s personal “Nuf Ced” stamp appears on the front, as does the date “1906,” written in pencil. A pencil notation on the reverse reads “L. St. South Boston – Nuf Ced.” Interestingly, a larger version of this photo once hung in McGreevy’s bar and can be clearly seen in the photo of his saloon included in this lot. The postcard has been trimmed along the left border and displays remnants of corner mounts. Despite the minor flaws, the central image remains in Ex-Mt condition. Total: 4 photos. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,350.00
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