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“Skinny Ruth”, Black-Clad Matty Photo Highlight Latest RMY Auction

Dozens of rare photographs from some of the biggest names in baseball history are on the auction block as RMY Auctions kicks off its monthly online event.

Skinny Babe Ruth spring training 1923Coming on the heels of the company’s successful debut auction in October, this one features more than 200 lots.   Bidding is already open and will close on Tuesday, December 10.

Among the lots up for bid is an original Pictorial Press news photo of Babe Ruth at spring training.   With a caption entitled “Hey Skinny!” The photo features Ruth taking a mighty cut at spring training in 1923 and measures 7 ¼ by 9 ½”.

“Here’s the new Babe Ruth many pounds lighter thanks to the flu, but still able to send ‘em over the fence,”  reads the photography service caption on the back.

Photo Christy Mathewson 1911There are other photos of Ruth and Lou Gehrig, one of which shows the Iron Horse hitting during the Yankees’ spring training, 1934.

Much of the attention thus far has been devoted to a rare 1911 image of Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson, pitching while decked out in the black Giants’ uniform that they wore only in that one season.  The 4 ¼ x 7 ¼” Underwood and Underwood news service photo features hand-written notations on the back.

Latter year greats Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle are also represented including a 1960 Mickey Mantle photophoto of DiMaggio cutting his wedding cake and one of Mantle as he crashes into the Detroit Tigers’ catcher after a strike from Rocky Colavito nailed him at the plate.

“Outstanding image shows the side of Mickey that most people forget, his intensity and drive ,” reads the description.

There are other images from football and a few from basketball and hockey as well as a couple of rare shots of golf legend Bobby Jones.

“”For our Monthly Auctions we use First Class shipping to keep costs down for collectors,” says Rhys Yeakley, President of RMY.  ”We accept credit cards and Paypal and offer a full 30 days to pay.”

Bidding on most photos starts at $25.  Registration takes about one minute at

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