Circa 1915 Ty Cobb Photo by Charles Conlon

Sold For: $1,410

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1413

Item Year: 1915

Category: The Golden Age of Baseball Photography

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Original Charles Conlon press photo, culled from The Detroit News archives, capturing Ty Cobb as a member of the Detroit Tigers, circa 1915. Conlon's credit stamp, reading "Charles M Conlon - Evening Telegram - New York," appears on the reverse. Charles Conlon was the preeminent baseball photographer of his era and his most famous work, the 1909 photo of Cobb sliding into Jimmy Austin at third base, is perhaps the most recognizable baseball image ever produced. Cobb was one of Conlon's favorite subjects and many of the finest Cobb photos we have today originate from his gifted lens. The offered example is no exception and features Cobb displaying his unorthodox "hands-apart" hitting style as he poses outside the batting cage prior to a game. Cobb is captured in his gray road uniform as two of his teammates look on. Flawless clarity is displayed throughout and one can even see the customary wrap of tape wound around the handle of Cobb's bat. Although the photo is undated, the uniform style shown here was only worn by the Tigers between the years 1914 and 1916 (according to the Baseball Hall of Fame uniform database). Cobb was still at the peak of his powers at the time this photo was taken, compiling league-leading averages of .368 and .369, respectively, in 1914 and 1915, and .371 in 1916. The photo (10 x 8 inches) has a few very minor flaws common to nearly all working press photos, including a few very small surface creases and hints of paper residue on the reverse. Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $1,410

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