A collection of rare candid photographs, apparently taken by a fan who had on-field access prior to a Yankees-White Sox game in the 1920s, is among the highlights in an online auction underway through Sunday.
The collection of 14 images features Yankees players, including Babe Ruth. Unlike most fan snapshots that were taken at a distance, most of the photographs in the auction show the players posing for the camera. Another image shows Ruth taking a swing in the batting cage.
The photos were originally affixed to seven scrapbook pages, according to seller Henry Yee, who is offering 500 vintage sports and entertainment photos in his auction, which is being conducted on eBay.
The auction includes several other photos of Ruth and Lou Gehrig, including those collectors might recognize from baseball cards. There is a PSA/DNA Type 1 8×10 that shows a smiling Babe, surrounded by youngsters, two of whom are seated on his lap as he sits on the step of a train in 1927. Taken by Ray Jones of First National Pictures, the 8×10 silver gelatin photo dates to Ruth’s 60 home run season.
The auction also includes a rare 7 ½” x 9 ½” studio cabinet photo of Tris Speaker that dates from sometime between 1907 and 1909, an image from the grand opening day at Yankee Stadium in 1923, one showing Satchel Paige in his 1965 appearance with the Athletics and others featuring Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, Roger Maris, Michael Jordan and other stars.
There is no reserve on any of the lots in the auction, which closes Sunday, September 23.
You can see the entire auction here.