Lot 14. Rare Geo. Burke 1934 Photo of Kiki Cuyler Promoting Herbert Hats of Chicago. Cuyler, the Hall of Fame outfielder, played for the Cubs from 1928 through 1935. In this photo, 7.5” x 9.5” photo, he sports the “most comfortable Panama (hat) I have ever worn…” Burke was one of the premier photographers of the 1930s-40s; his stamp is on the back of the photo. A relatively small number of these photos have surfaced. This example is ex.
Winning Bid $204
Lot 15. Rare Geo. Burke 1934 Photo of Babe Herman Promoting Herbert Hats of Chicago. A power hitter, Herman spent the 1933 and 1934 seasons with the Cubs. In this photo by Burke, a top photographer of the 1930s and 1940s, Herman wears a boater style hat. Only a small number of these photos have been found. This photo, which is 7.5” x 9.5”, has Burke’s stamp on the back and is ex-m.
Winning Bid $301
Lot 41. Extremely Rare Engraved Photo of the 1923 Pittsburgh Pirates Team. The 1923 Pirates were led by manager Bill McKechnie and fielded four players now in the Hall of Fame – Bill McKechnie, Max Carey, Kiki Cuyler, Pie Traynor and Rabbit Maranville. They finished third in the N.L. pennant race. They and their teammates are pictured in a photo that has the players identified and promotes the Superior Engraving Co. of Pittsburgh. The photo itself is approximately 4.25” x 12.5”, while the full printed piece is approximately 7” x 14”. It is matted and framed to 11.5” x 18.5”. The engraving has vertical folds and creases and a couple of light stains. We are unaware of another copy. This example comes from the collection of a veteran, serious Pittsburgh collector.
Winning Bid $204
Lot 45. 4 Pittsburgh Pirates Lithographs – 2 from the Opening Day of PNC Park. In “PNC Park – Opening Day – April 9th 2001,” Jim Trusilo artwork provides an aerial view of a capacity crowd and a game in progress. The 18” x 24” print is #788 of 5,000, rolled, ex-m and signed by Trusilo. A photographic image of the first game comes from Rob Arra in a 13.5” x 39 color panorama titled “First Pitch.” Todd Ritchie was the pitcher, and Barry Larkin, the batter. The pitch was a ball. The rolled panorama is ex-m. Jason Bay as 2004 N.L. Rookie of the Year and 2005 and 2006 All-Star is the subject of an 18” x 24” print. Rolled and nm, it has three images of Bay as a Pittsburgh Pirate. Willie Stargell is the focus of a 19” x 22” color lithograph that depicts him and other Pirates celebrating after they won the 1971 World Series. With artwork by widely respected artist Rich Marks, the lithograph is #700 of 4,000, signed by Marks, rolled and ex.
Winning Bid $55
Lot 206. 1925 Vintage 7.75” x 19.75” Sepia Photo of Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Lee Meadows. From 1915-29, Meadows was a major league pitcher, first with the Cardinals, then with the Phillies and finally, with the Pirates. His best seasons were 1925-27 with Pittsburgh when he won 58 games, lost 29 and helped his team to win two National League pennants. He was the first modern major leaguer to wear glasses while playing. The photo has a crease at Meadows’ right hip, another at his right knee and creases, a tear and scuffs toward the bottom. The contrast is strong and the focus, sharp.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 357. Babe Ruth 11”x14” Limited Edition Silver Gelatin 1915 Boston Red Sox Image. This museum-quality photo, numbered 343, was hand-printed on acid-free paper from the original glass negative. Ruth won 18 games in 1915 for the Red Sox and batted .315 in the process. The season also included his first major league home run. The photo comes with its “Baseball Antiquities” certificate and is housed in its original book-like folder.
Winning Bid $83
Lot 358. 4 Wire Photos – Ty Cobb, 1942 and 1947 (Rizzuto) Yankees World Series Action. All show players sliding into bases, sometimes successfully and sometimes not. Ty Cobb is the subject of what appears to be an Associated Press wire photo trimmed to 4.75” x 5.75”. The photo appeared in an unidentified newspaper on July 19, 196, two days after the Hall of Fame outfielders’ passing. Vg-ex with cropping and edit marks. In an Oct. 1, 1942 Acme Telephoto that measures 7” x 9”, the Cardinals’ Whitey Kurowski tags the Yankees’ Tuck Stainback for an out in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the World Series. The throw to Kurowski came from Enos Slaughter. Pitcher Johnny Beazley is in the photo, and so is umpire George Magerkurth. The Cardinals won, 4-3. Vg-ex sepia photo, caption attached. An original International News photo show Phil Rizzuto of the Yankees tagging pinch hitter Pete Reiser of the Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1947 World Series on Oct. 4. Vg+ 6” x 6.5” photo with a caption from a Spanish-language newspaper on the back. The fourth photo captures the Yankees’ Gerry Coleman attempting to turn a double play as Phil Masi of the White Sox slides below him. The 7” x 7.25” photo is dated June 17, 1950, and is from the “Cleveland Press.” The Yankees won the game at Yankee Stadium, 4-3. Vg. This group includes a Ty Cobb photos, two World Series and three Yankees photos.
Winning Bid $15