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1928 Carl Hubbell Rookie Photo by Charles Conlon!
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $540
Original Charles Conlon news photo capturing Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell during his 1928 rookie season with the New York Giants. Hubbell is captured in his road uniform as he warms up on the sidelines at an unidentified ballpark. The notations "Carl Hubbell Giants" and "Conlon Photo" are written on the reverse in red pencil. Also on the reverse is "The Cleveland News" credit stamp and two date stamps: "Oct 1 - 1928" and "Aug 21 1934." Research indicates that Carl Hubbell won the final game of the season for the Giants on September 30, 1928, at the Polo Grounds. Obviously, the Cleveland News had obtained this Conlon photo of Hubbell earlier in the season and opted to use it for its coverage of the September 30th game. It was then used by the paper again in 1934. Hubbell won ten games during his 1928 rookie campaign, and the following season he quickly established himself as one of the game's top pitchers. "The Meal Ticket" won twenty or more games in five straight seasons between the years 1933 and 1937, including league-leading totals in 1933, 1936, and 1937. He is best remembered today for his remarkable performance in the 1934 All-Star Game, when he struck out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin in succession. He finished his career with 253 wins and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1947. The photo (6.5 x 8.5 inches) displays a few light surface wrinkles, light edge wear, and very light (barely noticeable) editorial outlining to a few areas of Hubbell's image. In Excellent condition overall. Reserve $100. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $540
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