Monday, December 17, 2012

eBay: Some Great Vintage Dodgers Photos from HYee Auctions

Ya know... It can be difficult chasing sports memorabilia on eBay.  Oftentimes, you just aren't sure if you are really getting what is described.  Is it really vintage, or is it a modern knockoff?  Heck, eBay can be kind of like a giant flea market filled with all kinds of characters.  So, you've got to be careful when shopping and you must always be mindful of how an item is described.  On the flip side, sometimes you run into a seller who has consistently sold the good stuff, and who seemingly has a reputation (both online and in the collecting community) as a top notch seller. 

For this post I feature some incredible vintage photos and photo negatives from a eBay retailer who I would consider one of those top notch sellers- HYee Auctions.  Shown here are some items currently on auction (but closing soon) that I thought would be fun to share.

Below is a October 5, 1949, original glass negative from the archives of the New York Daily News featuring the meat of the Dodgers lineup that season.  In the photo is Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges, Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Carl Furillo and Jackie Robinson. 
(Auction Link)

The below photo comes from an original New York Daily News glass negative.  It is of a very young (19 years old) Sandy Koufax from the 1955 season.  As the auction description indicates, this may very well be the earliest known Baseball photograph of the Hall of Fame lefty.  It is dated to April 9, 1955 and was taken by Fred Morgan before the start of Opening Day.  As you can see, Sandy is showing off his 2-seam fastball grip.
(Auction Link)

I love this 1947 International News press photo by Harry Hirsch.  It shows the fans of Brooklyn cheering on their pennant winning Dodgers with a parade.  It is dated at September 26, 1947.
(Auction Link)

You have probably seen hundreds of photos of Jackie Robinson.  You've seen him batting, sliding, running and posing, but how about a photo of him getting beaned in the hand?  Well, know you can say you've seen that, too.  Here is a July 20, 1949 Associated Press photo of Jackie on the dirt while holding his battered hand as Pirates catcher Clyde McCullough chats with Hall of Fame umpire Al Barlick.
(Auction Link)

The next photo has nothing to do with the Dodgers, but is something I knew I had to share here.  Below is a May 25, 1943 Associated Press photo of four players from the All American Girls Softball League.  This photo immediately made me think of that Baseball movie, A League of their Own.
(Auction Link)

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