Stacks of rarely or never before seen photos are on the block in a new auction.
Among those being offered by longtime photo specialist Henry Yee is a Type 1 photo from 1919 showing six of the eight members of the Black Sox including Joe Jackson.
The image shows the players relaxing as they pose for the camera during the season in which they were accused of conspiring with gamblers to throw the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds.
Another photo, taken before Game 3 of the 1919 series shows starting pitchers Dickie Kerr, who wasn’t involved in his teammates’ plan, and Ray Fischer of the Reds, posing for the camera. There are other photos involving members of the Sox as well.
Yankee legends across two eras meet in a series of rare moments captured on film.
There’s a 1920s team photo, an unpublished posed photo of Lou Gehrig in uniform that dates to the early 1930s and another that shows a young Joe DiMaggio meeting Babe Ruth in 1938.
A rare 1950 candid shows Jackie Robinson signing autographs for young fans in Southern California.
There are also a series of color images of Michael Jordan in his prime with the Chicago Bulls.
In all, there are more than 330 sports images in the auction, which is being conducted on eBay.
Bidding on the 1952 Topps SGC 9.5 Mickey Mantle soared past $5 million on Tuesday and appears a cinch to break the record for the most expensive baseball card currently held by an SGC 3 T206 Wagner. With the buyer’s premium, the current price is over $6.1 million.
A collection of Muhammad Ali memorabilia, including the $6 million sale of the WBC belt from the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle, pushed the total for Heritage Auctions’ most recent catalog total to $17.9 million.
The title belt was one of 428 Ali lots sold among the 4,201 that found new homes during the multi-day event.
While the WBC belt was owned by a private collector who had purchased it from MEARS’ Troy Kinunen, the vast majority of the items were still part of Kinunen’s multi-faceted hoard of Ali relics. His collection, which began with a single fight poster purchased in 1988, sold for over $1.7 million including the buyer’s premium.
Overall, more than 2,800 bidders took part in the auction.
A St. Louis Blues fan and collector is suing the team over game-used items he says he bought that didn’t match what they were purported to be.