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Lot # 864 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1911 Walter Johnson Type Type 1 Charles Conlon Photo - Image Used on E224 Texas Tommy!

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $600

This original Walter Johnson photo, dating from the 1911 season, is one of the most extraordinary images of baseball's legendary "Big Train" we have ever offered, for two reasons: 1) It was taken by noted baseball photographer Charles Conlon; and 2) This is the very image used in 1914 for Johnson's E224 Texas Tommy card (Type 2)! The image captures Johnson warming up on the sidelines at Hilltop Park in New York. Both an Underwood & Underwood credit stamp and original paper news caption appear on the reverse. A "Central Press Association Reference Dept." date stamp, marked "May 15, 1913," also appears on the reverse. Our consignor originally purchased this photo from RMY Auctions. According to the highly respected experts at RMY, this is a documented Conlon image dating from 1911 (both the uniform style and Hilltop Park setting corroborate the date). The 1913 date on the reverse simply refers to the date the photo was filed in the news archives. The original auction listing also noted that this is the only known vintage example of this particular Johnson photo. Card collectors will immediately recognize the pose as that used on Johnson's E224 Texas Tommy (Type 2) card in 1914. Texas Tommy's are one of the rarest candy card issues of the era. Even a sample card is very challenging to find! This photo is therefore notable for both its artistic merit and its immense crossover appeal to card collectors. The photo (6.5 x 8.5 inches) displays a number of flaws common to working press photos, including tack holes (both along the border and within the main image), a large diagonal crease to the left of Johnson's image (reinforced on the reverse with clear tape), a few additional minor creases, and editorial notations on the edges. In Good to Very Good condition.


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