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1907 Joe Tinker Cabinet Card in Controversial Unique 1907 World Series Uniform
Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $1,057.50
This rare cabinet photo captures Hall of Fame shortstop Joe Tinker posing in uniform as a member of the Chicago Cubs. Ideally, the original photograph can be definitely dated to the year 1907 due to the fact that the uniform he is wearing was specially produced for use only in the 1907 World Series. Because the Cubs lost key home games to their cross-town rivals, the White Sox, in the 1906 World Series, the team sought to change their luck be wearing a special uniform the following fall. The uniform, which is a gray-pinstripe variation of the club’s 1906 home uniform, features two “diamond” motifs on each sleeve and was worn by the Cubs to open the 1907 World Series in Chicago. Although the new design obviously helped change the club’s luck (they swept Detroit in the Series), they were severely reprimanded by the National Commission for not wearing their traditional home whites in Game One and the uniform was never worn again. Naturally, very few professional studio portraits exist of Cubs players wearing this uniform style. Joe Tinker was a key member of the 1907 World Champion Cubs. As one-third of baseball's most famous double-play combination, "Tinker to Evers to Chance," Tinker reigned supreme as one of the era's best fielding shortstops; leading the National League in fielding on four separate occasions. His fine play also helped lead the Cubs to four pennants and two World Championships between the years 1906 and 1910. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946, two years prior to his death. The photo (4.75 x 7 inches) is lightly toned and displays a faint border outline from having once been matted; the photo is otherwise in Near Mint condition. The photographer's mount (6 x 9), which is designed with an embossed frame surrounding the mounted photo, displays various scattered abrasions and a crack in the lower right, as well as adhesive residue on the reverse, and is in Very Good condition. No photographer’s credit is visible; however, a very faint notation is located along the base of the photo (difficult to determine if it is preprinted or written) that appears to read “Norton Herman.” This is an extremely rare and interesting cabinet card photograph of Joe Tinker taken in 1907 in his unique Game One World Series uniform. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,057.50
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