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Lot # 1444 (1444 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

Circa 1930 Philadelphia Athletics Photographic "Stand-Ups" Collection (13) with Foxx and Cochrane

Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,440

This collection of extremely rare and substantial die-cut display stand-ups is deserving of special attention. They are vintage (circa 1930), tremendous for display, and practically unknown only because of their extreme rarity. In our book, this is a pretty good combination of desirable qualities for baseball collectibles. If you are a circa 1930 Athletics fan or collector, your ship has arrived!

Collection of thirteen circa 1930 photographic "stand-up" figures, each depicting a different member of the Philadelphia Athletics. The thirteen team members represented here, all but one of whom is identified in print at the base of the photo, are Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Cochrane, Eric McNair, Doc Cramer, Cy Perkins, George Earnshaw, Howard Ehmke, Homer Summa, Jack Quinn, Johnnie Heving, Joe Palmisano, Bevo LeBourveau, and one other (street clothes, unidentified). Each photographic "stand-up," which measures approximately nine inches in height, was produced by painstakingly cutting a photograph to the exact form of the respective player. That photograph was then affixed to a wooden backing that had also been precisely cut to a form that matched that of the player. Once complete, the photograph was mounted, by means of a single screw, within the groove of a cut segment of a picture frame, which allows it to stand freely. Credit for the production and sale of these photographic "stand-ups," goes to J. Bodziak, a Philadelphia photographer who is best known for producing a 1929 panoramic photo of the Philadelphia A's. His credit stamp, which reads "J. Bodziak/Photo Statuettes Mfg./3134 Richmond St., Phila. PA.," appears on the reverse of two of the "stand-ups."

We have seen a few other examples of these Philadelphia A's "stand-ups" created by Bodziak over the years, including decades ago in the collection of legendary Philadelphia collecting pioneer Paul Hill. The only other similar example we have seen was that of a New York Giants player produced by noted Chicago photographer George Burke. It is not known how these "stand-ups" were issued, but since the thirteen players represented here played for the A's over the three-year period 1929 to 1931 (not all of the players played for the team in each year), it appears that they must have been produced over a period of time. The fact that we have seen so few examples and at least one was was among the personal affects of the featured player, might also indicate that they were not sold, but instead presented only to the players. The only thing that is known for certain is that they are extremely rare and certainly among the most novel pieces of memorabilia from that era. The fact that they date from the Philadelphia Athletics' legendary 1929 to 1930 Championship dynasty only adds to their appeal. All of the photographic "stand-ups" display light-to-moderate handling wear, including a few tiny edge chips or "nicks," and are in Excellent condition overall with the exception of Cramer (bat broken off) and Perkins (broken in two at the feet; can most likely be repaired). Total: 13 photographic "stand-ups." Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,440

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