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Vintage Baseball News Photo Collection (155) Including Six Mantles and One Signed by Maris
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,088.00
Diverse collection of 155 baseball news photos dating from the 1940s through the 1970s. This is not a random collection of press photos. This is a very substantial collection with an extraordinary concentration of Hall of Famers and other special photos. The vast majority of the offered photos (137 of the 155) are technically defined as wire photos in that the teletype appears as an embedded part of the image. Hall of Famers featured within this collection include Mantle, Aaron, Mays, T. Williams, DiMaggio, J. Robinson, Campanella, Reese, Koufax, Stengel, B. Gibson, and Yastrzemski. Other highlights include thirty-six World Series related photos (game-action plus pre and postgame shots); two photos of President Kennedy in 1962 (one picturing him at opening day after throwing out the first pitch, and the other picturing him throwing out the first pitch of the All-Star Game); six photos of Roger Maris (including one that is signed in blue ink [grading "3"] and one from 1961 picturing him hitting his record 61st home run) and six photos relating to Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard Round The World" in 1951 (including one that we had never seen before picturing Thomson standing outside the Giants clubhouse in centerfield after having been called out for a "curtain call" by the throng of fans that flooded the field after the game), and seventeen "sliding" photos. Seventy-five of the photos picture one or more Hall of Fame players (including some who are pictured during their retirement years). A complete list of the Hall of Fame players featured in this collection, along with the number of times each is represented (if more than once), follows: Aaron (11), Aparicio, Ashburn, Bottomley, Boudreau, Brock (2), Bunning, Campanella, Cepeda, Cronin, DiMaggio, Doby, Drysdale (2), Durocher (6), Ford, Foxx, B. Gibson (5), Grove, Hafey, Hornsby (3), Kaline, Killebrew, Koufax (6), Lemon, Mantle (6), Marichal, Mays (5), Mathews, Mazeroski, McKechnie, Musial (5), Perez, Reese, Rizzuto (2), J. Robinson, F. Robinson, Sisler (2), Spahn, Stengel (6), Terry (2), Wilhelm, B. Williams (2), T. Williams, and Yastrzemski. The thirty-six World Series photos are comprised of the following years: 1947, 1948, 1951 (2), 1954 (2), 1957 (5), 1958, 1960 (2), 1961 (3), 1962 (2), 1963, 1964 (5), 1965, 1967 (7), and 1968 (3). Approximately 5% of the photos date to the 1940s, 22% to the 1950s, 65% to the 1960s, and 8% to the 1970s. The photos range in size from 5 x 7 inches to 14 x 9 inches, averaging 8 x 10 inches. Many of the photos exhibit a number of condition flaws commonly associated with working press photos including, but not limited to, minor edge wear and creases, tack holes in the corners and trimming. Four of the photos have been laminated. Overall in Very Good to Excellent condition. Total: 155 photos. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500+. SOLD FOR $2,088.00
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