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Lot # 1441 (1441 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1927 Large-Format Rogers Hornsby Original News Photo

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,080

Extraordinary large-format (17.75 x 21.75 inches) original news photo of Hall of Fame second baseman Rogers Hornsby as a member of the New York Giants in 1927. Hornsby is pictured here doing what he did best - hitting a baseball - with the photo capturing him at the plate during batting practice. Hornsby's name is beautifully hand lettered in black print in the lower left corner, while the printed lettering in the lower left corner notes his recent string of batting championships: "National League Champion Batter/1920-1921-1922-1923-1924-1925." An "International Newsreel" credit stamp, of the type used only between the years 1922 to 1928, appears on the reverse, as does the name "Hornsby" written in pencil. Hornsby only played with the Giants in 1927, which allows us to definitively date the photo. Original news photos of this size are exceedingly rare and would never have been produced for use in either a newspaper or periodical. While we cannot state for certain, it is believed by many advanced photo collectors that these oversized news photos were specially produced either at the player's or team's request. One of the reasons for that belief is that of the small number of examples that have surfaced, most have originated from the estates of former players or team executives. We do not know the origin of this photo, but, given the lettering along the base, it was obviously intended for special display. To find an original photo of this size featuring a player of Hornsby's stature is nothing short of miraculous, making it one of the most impressive vintage 1920s baseball photos we have ever offered. The photo is affixed to its matting by means of a single strip of tape along the reverse top border and displays some very minor rippling. In Excellent condition overall. Matted to total dimensions of 23 x 27 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,080

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