Resolution Photomatching now has about 100,000 more sports photos from which to determine whether that jersey, bat, helmet or other piece of sports memorabilia was used in competition.
The company announced Tuesday that it had acquired exclusive rights to utilize a significant new photography collection from a prominent east coast sports photographer. It’s the second such major photography acquisition the company has made in the last year.
Resolution is used extensively by auction companies and private memorabilia collectors to try and identify matching characteristics of a piece of memorabilia via period photographs. For a fee, Resolution searches its database to see if it can spot the item in one of those images. Sometimes, the effort comes up empty or inconclusive but other times, a definitive match can be made, increasing the value of the piece, sometimes by a substantial dollar amount.
The newly acquired rights include both the unnamed photographer’s own work and image lots he has acquired from fellow photographers over the years. His images include baseball, basketball, football, and hockey photos, spanning from the 1960s to present day.
“We made a connection with the photographer previously, and it was clear his full database was very substantial,” explained Resolution’s Founder and Owner, John Robinson. “It included not only all of his photography, but databases he had purchased from other photographers as well. A vast majority of it is not online anywhere. It was very exciting to be able to acquire copies for photomatching use of the full collection. With this acquisition, we continue to invest in expanding what is already by far the most thorough source list in the industry.”
Robinson says he now has access to over 30 online databases, including licensing contracts that allow higher clarity use. The company’s electronic database is now approaching one million images for which it has exclusive access.