Monday, March 30, 2020

Vintage Dodger Photos on Auction -- Koufax, Ebbets and Ruth... Oh, My!

Even with the national shutdown in effect numerous auction houses continue to operate 'business as usual' -- which should come as no surprise. Items have already been cataloged, so why not have collectors do some bidding. Whether that's wise, considering a potential downturn in values, only time will tell. Thankfully, none of that really matters to us since we can use these auctions as a little respite to change-up the day.

Right now there are two auction houses I wanted to focus on here -- Love of the Game and Hunt Auctions. Both of these companies have some fantastic vintage photographs I wanted to point out to you.

For instance, check out the above Sandy Koufax photo.

How often do you see an action photo of Sandy taking a mighty swing? It was taken by noted photographer Bud Gray and is available through Love of the Game Auctions (Auction Link). Bud had began his career as a photographer for the Navy during WWII, then as a photojournalist for the Herald Examiner and UPI, and a still photographer for Universal.

To the right is another Sandy Koufax photograph. (Auction Link) This time he is photographed during his very first no-hitter, dated June 30, 1962. On this day he struck out 13 hapless Metropolitan batters.

Now for something a little different. Featured above is a, circa 1905, Carl Horner -- a very famous turn of the century photographer -- pic of Dodger owner Charles Ebbets looking quite dapper. This auction item is available through Hunt Auctions. (Auction Link)

To the right is a 1938 International News Service press photo of Babe Ruth as a Brooklyn Dodger coach -- also available at Hunt Auctions (Auction Link). As you can see, it is in very rough condition, but should still sell for a pretty penny.

Lastly, below is another Babe Ruth photograph, but this time he is paired with fellow superstar Dizzy Dean. It too is dated to 1938 and is from Acme Newspictures. You can find this photograph at Hunt Auctions (Auction Link).

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