A previously unknown photograph of Baseball Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson, possibly taken by legendary photographer Charles Conlon, is our Vintage Photo of the Day from RMY Auctions.
The 5”x 6 ½” mounted original dates from 1904 and is among the most striking Mathewson images ever found. It is attracting strong collector interest in a major auction of vintage news photos being offered online this month.
Mathewson was 24 at the time, but had already established himself as one of baseball’s greatest pitchers. That season, the Bucknell graduate finished 33-12 with an earned run average of 2.03.
The silver gelatin original may have been taken by Conlon during his first assignments, which were to photograph members of the Giants.
The previously unknown photograph has no stamps or identifying marks on the back, but bears a strong resemblance to the work that was done by Conlon during the first part of the 20th century.
The photograph shows some wear, including two creases, some light pinholes and has clearly been used for editorial work (note Mathewson's name and the number ‘9’ on the front), but is a one-of-a-kind item. In early bidding, the photo had surpassed $1,700 with 28 bids having been recorded.
The auction continues through June 21 at RMYAuctions.com.
You can see more of Conlon's work on eBay here.