Historical Hockey Memorabilia Auction Winter 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/8/2017
Never found in quantity, we have an especially large collection of 185+ vintage baseball photos that feature the Montreal Royals. Ranging in size from roughly 3 ¾” x 5” to 8” x 10”, with the majority in the latter category, a number have the player identified on the reverse, with assorted media/studio stamps present including Alexandria Studio, David Bier, Jerry Donati, Dwight & Dolan, Denis Brodeur and others. Highlights include an 8” x 10” photo of HOFer Burleigh Grimes as Royals manager, along with a second 8” x 10” picturing Tommy Lasorda and others. There are also 5” x 7” images of HOFer Roy Campanella along with Don Newcombe, Johnny Podres and Don Hoak. The best item in the lot is a 5” x 7” image of Jackie Robinson, pictured in his Dodgers jersey with Royals cap, assumingly taken just as Jackie was ascending to the majors.
The earliest examples in this collection appear to date from the late-1930s, with the collection continuing through the mid-1950s. The majority of the photos in the collection exhibit moderate to heavy wear, with the odd crease, pinhole, or corner bend, along with toning and some slight “curling” to the photos, from top to bottom. The Robinson photo exhibits staple holes along with some light staining to the reverse. There are also a few minor creases along with “Jackie Robinson” handwritten twice along the reverse, with a stamp from David Bier Studios. Others players found in the collection include Pete Reiser, Gilly Campbell, Roland Gladu, Charles Wilson, Bill Lajoie, Bob Wilson, Jim Williams, Roy Hartsfield, Mike Napoli, Phil Hensick and others.
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