Lot # 27: Circa 1872 Warren Studios Cal McVey CDV

Starting Bid: $3,000.00

Bids: 10 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Fall 2019",
which ran from 11/20/2019 12:30 PM to
12/8/2019 6:00 PM



Rare CDV picturing Boston Red Stockings catcher Cal McVey, circa 1872. The studio photograph pictures Leonard posing in formal attire as he gazes away from the camera. "McVey" is written in pencil at the base of the mount. The photographer's credit stamp, "Warren, Boston and Cambridge, Mass.," appears on the reverse, as does the city name, "Boston," which is scripted in pencil. This is the only example of this particular CDV we have ever seen and just one of two we have seen of McVey (same exact image, slightly different Warren mount). Cal McVey was the youngest member of the legendary 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball's first all-professional team. In 1871, McVey was recruited by Red Stockings manager Harry Wright to join Boston's entry in the newly formed National Association. One of the top hitters in the National Association's brief five-year history, McVey batted .431 in 1871 and led the National Association in hits with 66. His respective batting averages for the next four seasons were .321, .380, .359, and .355. He also posted league-leading totals in hits (123) and runs (91) in 1873, and RBI in 1874 (71) and 1875 (87). Not surprisingly, Boston captured five consecutive National Association pennants during McVey's tenure with the club. In 1876, with the demise of the National Association, McVey jumped to Chicago's entry in the National League, where he once again helped is team win the pennant, finishing the season with a .347 average. McVey finished his career (1871-1879) with a lifetime average of .346. The CDV (2.5 x 4.125 inches) displays a tiny blemish in the lower right corner of the photo. Aside from that, and the aforementioned pencil notations, it remains in apparent Excellent to Mint condition. SGC has encapsulated the CDV and certified it as "Authentic." Reserve $3,000. Estimate (open).

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