The vast collection of historic baseball photography from the archives of Photo File, Inc. will be offered at the 14th annual Hunt Auctions MLB All-Star FanFest Live Auction event on July 16 and 17 in Washington D.C.
The archive is being unveiled publicly for the first time and is largely comprised of original baseball photography from the period of 1910-1940, originating from the files of The Ring Magazine. Founded in 1922 by Nat Fleischer, The Ring Magazine chronicled the golden age of boxing and in addition to other sports and was one of the most important sports publications of that era.
Since its inception in 1987, Photo File has developed into a major provider of sports-related photo products nationwide.
The Photo File Archive Collection consists of thousands of original photos with heavy focus on the 1910-30 period including works by master photographers Conlon, Paul Thompson, Louis Van Oeyen, and George Grantham Bain to name a few. Countless iconic images will be featured in the auction including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Lou Gehrig, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, Napoleon Lajoie, Rogers Hornsby, Bob Feller, and Lefty Grove. In addition to Hall of Fame players the collection includes a number of images as used for classic baseball cards and publications such as the 1911 T-205 baseball tobacco card set, T3 baseball cabinet card set, 1933 Goudey baseball, Baseball Magazine and Police Gazette publications.
“Many of our iconic, pre-war photos have not been seen for almost a century as they have resided undisturbed in our archives for several decades,” stated Chuck Singer, President Photo File, Inc. “Many examples can even be traced back directly to The Police Gazette and were used as working press photos shortly after the turn of the century. We are beyond excited to be offering these historically significant original photos to the public for the very first time.”
“Since our very first sports auction in 1991, we have been privileged to handle many of the greatest photographic collections to have entered the hobby,” remarked David Hunt, President Hunt Auctions. “This archive will undoubtedly take its place among the great baseball imagery offerings and we encourage interested parties to take note of this very special event.”
While there will be a live element to the auction on the day of the All-Star Game, bidding can also be done online. The Photo File collection will be sold over several auctions with the core offering within the July event.
Consignments for the All-Star auction are still being accepted at [email protected].