An unusual 1913 Conlon shot of Cobb leaping in the air topped bidding in the company’s December Premier Auction of vintage photos, bringing a final price of $4,674 with the 7.9% buyer’s premium.
A 1930s restrike of Conlon’s famous image of Cobb sliding into third base sold for $4,537.
Other photos generating strong interest included one from late in Lou Gehrig’s career that also sold for over $4,000. Taken at an angle above the Yankee first baseman, the unique shot is the same one used for a card of Gehrig that was included in the 1961 Topps set.
A 1907 Paul Thompson image of Christy Mathewson warming up went for just over $3,000.
A unique photo of a smiling Babe Ruth and Billy Sunday meeting in the spring of 1917 sold for over $2,400 as did a 1946 image of Jackie Robinson with the Montreal Royals.