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1912-1930 Hand and Batting Grip Photo Studies (4)
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,840.00
The great baseball photographers of the past have always been interested in producing studies of ballplayers' hands, batting grips, and even eyes, both as an artistic exercise of the photographic craft, and as a tool for somehow unlocking the secrets of what makes some ballplayers stand out as great. Collectors have always been fascinated by these unusual and rare photographs. Offered are four such studies. Two feature the hands of 1912 World Series stars Rube Marquard and Christy Mathewson. The other two feature the batting grips of George Kelly and Hack Wilson, respectively. Additional detail follows: 1&2) Matched set of 1912 hand studies, by legendary baseball photographer Paul Thompson, of the pitching hands of Rube Marquard and Christy Mathewson, each 5 x 7 inches, and each with unusual elaborate script and printed text identification in purple ink stamp on reverse. The Marquard photo reads (printed ink stamp): "The hands that New York expects will win the World's Series - Mathewson and Marq" and (in script) "Marquard's slender fingered almost feminine hand which cost the Giants $11,000 and was worth it." Vg-Ex. The reverse of the Mathewson hand photo reads entirely in script ink stamp: "The hands that will battle for the 'Giants' in the World's championship series between New York and Phia. Studies of the hands of Marquard and Mathewson. A detailed study of Mathewson's hand showing the short index finger which means so much in the delivery of many of his curves." The Mathewson photo has a separation along much of a full-length vertical crease but this flaw does detract from display value (no paper loss). Both photos carry the Paul Thompson photo credit stamp on reverse, and were obviously produced for publication as a pair. 3) Circa 1920 George Kelly sepia-tone batting grip photo (8 x 6 inches) is stamped with large "Kabel & Herbert News Service" copyright ink stamp on reverse, and also carries a more recent ink stamp which reads "From the estate of George L. 'Highpockets' Kelly" on reverse. Ex. 4) 1930 Hack Wilson batting grip wire photo with large International News Photo Service ink stamp on reverse, and original wire photo caption (dated 9/11/30 and entitled "The Grip That Rivals Ruth's") affixed to reverse. This photograph originates from the Baseball Magazine archives and also has the Christies' Baseball Magazine hologram sticker in the corner of the reverse. Ex. Total four fascinating early baseball photographic studies. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,840.00
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