MEARS is offering over 1700 items in its August online auction event including over 700 items from the archives of The Sporting News.
Other highlighted items include: 1978 Robin Yount Milwaukee Brewers game worn jersey given as a gift to the present of his fan club, 1940 Joe Stydahar World Championship Trophy Pocket Watch, 1927-28 Jackie Tavener Earliest Known Chain-stitched Detroit Tigers Spalding Game Worn Cap and a 1963 Chicago Bears championship game presentation game used football.
For photo enthusiasts, MEARS says The Sporting News Archives represent the largest accumulation of original photography ever assembled or offered for public sale. Founded in 1886, the original newspaper sold for five cents. For over the next 100 years, the magazine covered all major sports, with baseball its primary focus.
The auction features both original Type 1 photos along with production art. Before the invention of graphic editing, newspapers took original photos and created “mock ups”. Charles Conlon and other famous photographers had theirwork cut up, painted, and pasted to story board, which was then photographed for inclusion in the paper. Due to the unique nature of the editor’s request, each label listed in the MEARS Auction as “Production Art” is a one of a kind piece created for a specific use.
In order to insure the provenance of each item, an official The Sporting News hologram is found on the reverse of every item.
MEARS staff spent countless hours researching each original photograph as it was prepared for sale. In order to help date the photo, based on research, the company provided a basic dating with each lot description. The accepted definition is:
Designated as a Type 1 photo, this image was developed directly from the original photographers negative within approximately two years of the depicted person/event.
Photographers represented in the collection include Charles Conlon, George Burke, George Brace, William C. Greene, Alex P. Silverberg, and George Dorrill. Unlike the more common wire photos which are more readily available, these selected images were often hand developed by the photographer and sent to the Sporting News magazine. Therefore, the result is an actual first generation Type 1 photographers print. MEARS believes it to be the largest and most comprehensive major collection to enter the market of exclusive Type 1 photo prints to date.
News service photos are also included, and in those instances, are identified as such by their respective stampings. Acme Wire Photo, Associated Press, International News, and United Press provided images to the archives. Reverse images are included for identification purposes. As part of the production process for the newspaper, images may show production notes, photographer’s stamps, date codes, and other markings associated with the production of the Sporting News.
Each image was archived by the Sporting News and includes the official Sporting News hologram, assuring its origin and provenance. An additional MEARS LOA has been included with each lot.
The auction is now open for bidding and closes Saturday, August 28 at MEARSOnlineAuctions.com.