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Original Roger Maris 61st Home Run Photos and Negatives - Never-Before-Seen Images
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $600
Unique collection of never-before-seen photos and photographic negatives of Roger Maris's record-breaking 61st home run on October 1, 1961, at Yankee Stadium. While there a number of various news photos in the hobby today recording Roger Maris's 61st home run, all of them simply document the moment of his fateful swing. The original prints and negatives offered here, on the other hand, capture the entire sequence, including Maris waiting in the on-deck circle, his approach to the plate, his awaiting the pitch, the swing itself, his jogging around the bases, and his being greeted at home plate by Yogi Berra. All of these images were captured on film by Leland A. Cook, a professional photographer employed by Tiffany's at the time. He was not officially working that day, but instead was enjoying the game with his son when he took these photos for his own personal keepsakes. All of the images were taken from the perspective of a field box behind home plate and have been in the family's sole possession since that time. They have been consigned directly by his son, who has provided a notarized letter which explicitly states that he is selling not only the photos and negatives, but all rights and copyrights associated with each image. In total, there are three original prints and nine medium-format negatives. The three original photos (10 x 8 inches) picture, respectively, Maris awaiting the pitch, Maris circling the bases, and Maris being greeted at home plate. The negative images can all be viewed on our website. In 1998, on the occasion of Mark McGwire's breaking Maris' record, our consignor wrote an article for the Garden Island newspaper of Kauai, Hawaii, in which he chronicled that historic day back in 1961 and discussed the photos his father took of Maris. One of the photos offered here, Maris hitting the home run, was featured in the paper with the article; otherwise, none of these images has ever been published, nor have any been offered for sale, either publicly or privately. The three photos all display a few minor creases and are in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. The negatives remain in Excellent condition. Total: 12 items (three original photos and nine negatives). Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $600
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