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Lot # 1144 (of 1512)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1961 Mike Ditka Original Photo - PSA/DNA Type 1 - Image Used for His 1962 Topps Rookie Card

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $300

Original news photo capturing Chicago Bears tight end Mike Ditka during his 1961 rookie season. Encapsulated and certified as a "Type 1 Original Photograph" by PSA/DNA. Most collectors will instantly recognize this photo of the future Hall of Famer because it was later used by Topps to produce Ditka's 1962 rookie card. This particular photo, issued by "Chicago Photo Press Photographers," originates from the files of the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, as noted by the three Plain Dealer stamps on the reverse (two are dated December 7, 1961, and the other is dated January 2, 1962). The original newspaper article is affixed to the reverse. The photo (8 x 10 inches) displays a few light creases and minor rippling along the base. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. LOA from PSA/DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $300

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