Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dodgers Memorabilia at REA Auctions - The Vintage Photographs

I just can't get enough of REA's Spring Baseball Auction.  It's like they have a museum for sale.  So far, I've highlighted historic Dodger memorabilia, painted Baseballs, vintage game-used equipment.  Now, I focus on some great old photographs.  Go here to take a look at my past post on this auction.

For those of you have never seen a photo of this former Dodger owner.  Take a gander at the below cabinet photo of Charles Ebbets.  It has even been signed by him.
(Auction Link)

Below are a couple fantastic vintage press photos featuring Jackie Robinson.  The top photo has Jackie showing off his bat to an unknown person.  The lower photograph captures the famous moment when Phillies skipper Ben Chapman posed with Jackie in 1947.  From the auction description.
This is a famous photo and one that Chapman was "forced" to take by team officials. Chapman, who was a southerner, was one of Robinson's most vocal detractors in 1947. In an effort to deflect the negative press his vitriolic bench jockeying was bringing to both the Phillies and the city of Philadelphia, Chapman was ordered to pose with Robinson before a game in Philadelphia to help mitigate the situation. As one can see here, Chapman does not appear to be happy with the assignment.
(Auction Link)

This next photo is of the most famous Baseball fan to ever exist.  Say hello to Hilda Chester.
(Auction Link)

I absolutely love this collection of fan-taken snapshot photos of the "Boys of Summer".  They date from 1948 to 1951, and feature three signed photos: Roy Campanella, Duke Snider, and Carl Erskine.  Overall, there are 35 different snapshots available in this one auction.  Do you recognize them all?

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