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1913 Telegram From Joe Tinker to Max Carey With Federal League Content and Vintage Carey Photo

Lot Number 351

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As baseball reached a crossroads in 1913, Max Carey was one of several stars enticed to jump ship for the upstart Federal League. These (2) keepsakes hail from that pivotal time and include: Telegram a “Western Union” correspondence piece wired in “DEC 1913” from Joe Tinker to Max Carey attempting to lure Carey to the Chicago Chi-Feds! A penciled reply in Carey’s hand suggests he considered the possibility; Photograph a vintage oval-shaped sepia-toned photo of Carey, mounted to an 8 x 11-5-8” backing. More on our website.

Telegram sent to Carey at his St. Louis, Missouri address, the telegram has a stamped date of “DEC 1913” and reads:

MAX G CAREY
321 A GRIER AVE STLOUIS MO
IF YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED WILL YOU CONSIDER GOOD OFFER PLAY
WITH ME IN CHICAGO ANSWER MY EXPENSE
JOE TINKER OAK PARK ILLS.


In Carey’s hand, a penciled reply reads:

Am free to consider your offer. Must be worth while. Am young.

Photograph measuring approximately 8x6, the oval-shaped sepia-toned photo shows Carey dressed in a suit and necktie, his hair neatly combed back. This was likely taken when he married Aurelia Behrens (June 22, 1913). There are penciled identifiers on the thick stock backing.

 
 
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