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Lot # 975 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Vintage 1955 Signed Hall of Fame Induction Photo

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,175.00

This vintage signed photo, taken at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, New York, pictures the six players inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1955: Joe DiMaggio, Gabby Hartnett, Ted Lyons, Ray Schalk, Frank Baker, and Dazzy Vance. Each of the players has signed the photo in vintage blue ink (“averaging “6”) directly above his respective image. A faded blue-ink notation along the base reads “Enshrined in Hall of Fame July 25, 1955 – Cooperstown, New York.” Amazingly, Joe DiMaggio was not elected in his first year of eligibility. Nor was he elected in his second year. It took the writers three ballots before the famed “Yankee Clipper” was finally enshrined alongside baseball’s other immortals. (The five year waiting rule was not implemented until 1954 and was waived for any player who had received at least 100 votes in a prior election.) Original Hall of Fame induction photos dating from the 1940s and 1950s are rare, especially those signed at the time by the respective players pictured. The offered photo is also significant due to the large number of players present. The only four Hall of Fame induction ceremonies attended by six or more current inductees were those held in 1939, 1953, 1955, and 1971. The photo has a few small, insignificant light creases and has been mounted onto a thick cardboard backing. The signed photo displays as Excellent. This is both a rare and significant Hall of Fame induction ceremonies signed photo commemorating the induction of six legends, including Joe DiMaggio, into the Hall of Fame. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,175.00

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