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1924 Walter Johnson MVP Award Presentation Photos (2) - Direct Johnson Family Provenance!
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $356
Two original photos, each capturing Walter Johnson posing on field with his 1924 MVP trophy. The first is a large-format photo (9 x 14 inches) picturing Johnson holding the trophy in front of the grandstand as members of both the Senators and St. Louis Browns (including George Sisler) flank him on either side. A National Photo credit stamp appears on the reverse. The photo is trimmed along the top and bottom borders and a large six-inch diagonal tear has been repaired with clear tape on the reverse. A few minor creases and abrasions are also evident, as are four areas of paper residue on the reverse from its having once been mounted in an album. Good condition overall. The second, smaller photo (8.5 x 6.5 inches) pictures Johnson on the same day, as he poses together with President Calvin Coolidge, American League president Ban Johnson, and team owner Calvin Griffith. There is a large corner chip in the upper right and the names of the individuals pictured are written in pencil along the bottom white border. A number of handwritten editorial notations appear on the reverse, as do a few small areas of paper residue. In Fair to Good condition. Despite the large chip, nearly all of the central image area remains intact and the photo displays at a much higher level than suggested by its modest technical grade. Johnson was awarded the MVP Award on September 14, 1924, two weeks prior to the close of the season. However, since the Senators last regular-season home game in 1924 took place on September 7th, the ceremony at which these photos were taken actually took place in 1925. Both of these photos are accompanied by the special provenance of having been consigned directly by a member of the Johnson family, in whose possession they have been for these many decades. Total: 2 photos. Reserve $100. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $356
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