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Vintage Hall of Famer Baseball Wire Photo Collection (71)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $9,280.00
Collection of 71 vintage wire photos, spanning seven decades, featuring 72 different Hall of Famers. A few of the Hall of Famers are pictured in more than one photo or posing together (as noted). More than half of the photos are accompanied by their original wire caption and many are also date stamped on the reverse; 63% of the photos date prior to 1950. Of the actual dates that are known with certainty, the number of photos per decade breaks down as follows: 1910s (1); 1920s (12); 1930s (15); 1940s (7); 1950s (11); 1960s (11) and 1970s (4). Two of the photos (Walsh and Wilson) are noted on the reverse as being Conlon photos and originate from the Baseball Magazine archives. The players represented in this collection are: Grover Alexander, Luke Appling, Yogi Berra, Jim Bottomley, George Brett, Roy Campanella, Steve Carlton, Ty Cobb (posing with Tris Speaker), Mickey Cochrane (2, one posing with Jim Bottomley), Earle Combs, Jocko Conlon, Joe Cronin (2), Kiki Cuyler, Billy Evans (posing with Walter Johnson), Bob Feller (close-up of his fastball grip), Whitey Ford, Nellie Fox, Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Bob Gibson, Lefty Gomez, Goose Goslin, Jesse Haines, Bucky Harris, Miller Huggins (2, one posing with Ruth), Catfish Hunter, Travis Jackson, Walter Johnson (posing with Billy Evans), Al Kaline, George Kelly, Harmon Killibrew, Chuck Klein, Sandy Koufax, Nap Lajoie, Tony Lazzeri, Freddie Lindstrom, Al Lopez, Ted Lyons, Connie Mack, Mickey Mantle (signed by the photographer, "Salas" on the front), Willie Mays, John McGraw, Bill McKechnie, Joe Medwick, Stan Musial, Satchel Paige, Eppa Rixey, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth (posing with Huggins), Tom Seaver, Joe Sewell, Warren Spahn, Willie Stargell, Casey Stengel, Duke Snider, Tris Speaker (2, one posing with Ty Cobb), Dazzy Vance, Arky Vaughan, Bill Veeck, Honus Wagner, Ed Walsh (Conlon photo), Paul Waner, Zach Wheat, Ted Williams, Hack Wilson (Conlon photo) and Early Wynn. Additionally there are two group photos. The first pictures the National League owners at their annual meeting, circa 1925, and includes John McGraw, Wilbert Robinson and Emil Fuchs. The second pictures Mickey Cochrane, Charlie Gehringer, Goose Goslin and Hank Greenberg posing together on field. Approximate size breakdowns: 8 x 10 inches (19); 7 x 9 inches (28); 6 x 8 inches (13); 5 x 7 inches or slightly smaller (11). Condition averages Vg-Ex, with most displaying normal flaws associated with working press photos including tack holes, slight edge and corner wear, editorial outlining and trimming. This is an exceptionally high quality photograph collection comprised almost exclusively of highlights. Total: 71 photos. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500++. SOLD FOR $9,280.00
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