19 - 20 October 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 22,500
Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 35,000
OUTLAND SIGNED PHOTO COLLECTION
Extensive collection of original photographs of Major and Minor League baseball players circa the 1920s (with some taken in the 1950s), the majority of which have been autographed by the players themselves. Taken by amateur photographer George Outland (and some by Johnny Outland) at both Major League and Pacific League ballparks, the collection encompasses over 300 individual player photos, including numerous Hall of Famers and notable players of the era. Signed Hall of Fame player photographs include: Hack Wilson; Tris Speaker; Paul Waner, G.C. Alexander (2); John Evers; Gabby Hartnett; Max Carey; Sam Crawford (3, plus a handwritten letter); Tony Lazzeri (with Al Gould); Kiki Cuyler (2); Eppa Rixey; Walter Johnson (2, plus an additional signed portrait); Fred Clarke (signature attached to photo); Joe Cronin; Goose Goslin; “Bucky” Harris; Rogers Hornsby (plus a signed newspaper article); Mel Ott (signed Baseball Magazine photo); George Kelley (signature attached to photo); Joe McCarthy; Bill McKechnie (signature attached to photo); George Sisler; and Pie Traynor. Notable signed Major League player photos include: Jimmy Austin; Gavvy Cravath; Ferd Schupp; Fred Snodgrass; Rube Bressler; Guy Bush; Chuck Dressen; Mike Gonzales; Charlie Grimm; Joe Judge; Adolfo Luque; Carl Mays; and Wally Pipp. Over 200 photos of Pacific Coast League players rounds out the collection. Notable signed PCL player photos include: Buzz Arlett (2); Ping Bodie (2); Doc Crandall (2); Cedric Durst; Willie Kamm; Duffy Lewis; Jimmie Reese; and Charlie Root. Unsigned photos are highlighted by images of both Major League and Pacific Coast League stadiums and a pair of photos of Jim Thorpe during his time playing for the Portland Beavers.
The majority of the photos measure 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 in.
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