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1933 Joe DiMaggio Original News Photo - Photo Used for His Rare 1935 Pebble Beach Clothiers Postcard! - PSA/DNA Type 1
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,422.00
Original Acme Newspictures, Inc., photo picturing Joe DiMaggio as a member of the San Francisco Seals in 1933. This is one of the most significant Joe DiMaggio news photos extant on a number of counts. DiMaggio, who was only eighteen years old at the time, was in the midst of his first professional season in 1933, making this an extremely early DiMaggio photo. Even more important is the fact that this photo was used to create what is perhaps the rarest of all Joe DiMaggio trade cards: his 1935 Pebble Beach Clothiers postcard. The postcard series, issued by a local clothier, featured a select number of PCL players from the three Bay area teams in the league at the time: the San Francisco Seals, the Oakland Oaks, and the Mission Reds. Today, only seven cards from the series are checklisted in the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards. While we will never know for certain why the company used a photo of DiMaggio taken two years earlier for its promotional postcards, there is no ambiguity concerning its aesthetic appeal. This is one of the finest DiMaggio photos imaginable dating from his early years with the Seals. Few DiMaggio 1935 Pebble Beach Clothiers postcards are known, and this photo is equally rare or rarer. We have never offered this photo before and we cannot recall the last time we have seen another example. Although still a teenager in 1933, DiMaggio was already making a name for himself with the Seals that summer as noted by the text on the original paper news caption, dated "7/13/33," which remains affixed to the reverse. In full:
Rookie Ball Player Close To Old Hit Record - Pictured above is Joe DeMaggio, 18, rookie outfielder with the San Francisco Seals who July 12th was within one game of tying a Pacific Coast League record of 18 years standing for hitting safely in consecutive games. Back in 1915, Jack Ness, with Oakland, hit safely in 49 consecutive games. So far, DeMaggio has slammed hits in 48 consecutive games - And this has been against southpaws, speed burners, curvesters and even effective spitball artists. His hits have included a lot of triples and doubles. Recently, facing one of the League's premier pitchers who sought to stop him, DeMaggio smacked out three hits in the one game.
DiMaggio (the papers in San Francisco misspelled his name "DeMaggio" during his first season) ultimately shattered the record by hitting in sixty-one consecutive games. Interestingly, the pitcher who ended DiMaggio's streak, on July 26th, was Ed Walsh Jr., the son of Hall of Fame pitcher Ed Walsh. The proprietary stamps of both "Acme Newspictures, Inc." and "Ref. Dept. - N. E. A." appear on the reverse (Acme Newspictures was a division of the Newspaper Enterprise Association, which was one of the nation's first news syndicates). This is one of a small selection of extraordinary Type I photos from the Acme Newspictures photo archive consigned to this auction. Valuing original photos (especially extreme rarities that are unique or nearly unique) is naturally subjective, but these never-before-offered photographs really are "the best of the best." All are offered with nominal reserves and the auction process (as always at REA) will determine the proper value level. The photo (7 x 9 inches) displays a tiny chip in the upper left corner, as well as a few minor surface wrinkles and corner wear. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $1,422.00
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