From the end of the Staubach era to T.O. and Romo, Ron St. Angelo’s photographs have traced the modern history of the Dallas Cowboys. Now, he’s selling it all.
For 25 years, Ron St. Angelo as staff photographer for the Dallas Cowboys enjoyed unparalleled access to “America’s Team.” Now, the collection of St. Angelo, some 100,000 one-of-a-kind original photographs, is to be auctioned as a single lot, including the copyrights, by Lelands.com. The catalog auction begins online in mid-October and culminates on Friday, November 21.
Many would argue that the Cowboys of the ‘90s were the greatest team in NFL history, and St. Angelo certainly supports that claim as co-author of a book with Norm Hitzges, “Greatest Team Ever.” He photographs from that very book are to be included in this auction.
The St. Angelo collection not only includes some of the legendary Cowboys in action – Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, et al, but also such legendary opponents as Brett Favre, Tom Brady, Payton Manning and Eli Manning. Celebrities at the games, photographed by St. Angelo, include Nelson Mandela, Elizabeth Taylor, Jessica Simpson and Beyonce.
His first year as photographer, 1979, featured Tom Landry as coach, with superstars Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, Drew Pearson, Preston Pearson and Harvey Martin.
The collection includes a combination of original film negatives, transparencies and digital images, dating back to that ’79 season and includes shots from three Dallas Super Bowl championships and all NFC playoffs in which the Cowboys participated. St. Angelo shot at home and on the road, traveling with the team to many of its memorable encounters.
The reserve price on the collection is $50,000.
St. Angelo is also selling his accumulation of Cowboys and NFL memorabilia including includes a lot of personal letters from Tex Schramm, Tom Landry, Troy Aikman, Jerry Jones, Roger Staubach, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer, a large number of autographs and numerous game credentials from the regular season, playoff games and the Super Bowl.