1941 Original News Photo - DiMaggio Sets Hitting Streak Record! - PSA/DNA Type 1 - New York Yankees Provenance!

Sold For: $480

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1710

Item Year: 1941

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Original Acme Newspictures photo capturing Joe DiMaggio crossing the plate after setting a new major league record of hitting safely in forty-five consecutive games on July 2, 1941, at Yankee Stadium. Encapsulated and certified as a Type 1 original news photo by PSA/DNA. While this is a significant original news photo in its own right, it also comes with the special provenance of having been specially presented to the New York Yankees by Acme Newspictures. Accompanying the photo is a one-page typed letter, dated July 11, 1941, addressed to "Miss Ruth Bayline/N. Y. Yankee Baseball Club," and signed by Harold Blumenfeld, news editor of Acme Newspictures. In full: "Dear Miss. Bayline: Please accept with our compliments this photograph of Joe DiMaggio crossing the plate after breaking the record for hitting in consecutive games." DiMaggio broke Wee Willie Keeler's record of hitting in forty-four consecutive games on July 2nd in a game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The record-setting hit came in grand fashion: a three-run home run off of Boston hurler Dick Newsome, which is captured forever here in this photo of DiMaggio being greeted by teammate Red Rolfe as he crosses the plate following the historic blast. DiMaggio, of course, went on to hit in fifty-six consecutive games before Ken Keltner and the Indians ended the streak on July 17th. The photo (9 x 7 inches) displays two light-to-moderate diagonal tears: one in the upper left corner and a smaller one in the lower right border area. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. The letter (8 x 11 inches) displays one vertical and three horizontal folds, as well as a large diagonal crease in the lower left quadrant. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Total: 2 items (photo and letter). Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.

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