Dozens of rare photographs from some of the biggest names in baseball history are on the auction block as RMY Auctions kicks off its monthly online event.
Among the lots up for bid is an original Pictorial Press news photo of Babe Ruth at spring training. With a caption entitled “Hey Skinny!” The photo features Ruth taking a mighty cut at spring training in 1923 and measures 7 ¼ by 9 ½”.
“Here’s the new Babe Ruth many pounds lighter thanks to the flu, but still able to send ’em over the fence,” reads the photography service caption on the back.
Much of the attention thus far has been devoted to a rare 1911 image of Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson, pitching while decked out in the black Giants’ uniform that they wore only in that one season. The 4 ¼ x 7 ¼” Underwood and Underwood news service photo features hand-written notations on the back.
Latter year greats Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle are also represented including a photo of DiMaggio cutting his wedding cake and one of Mantle as he crashes into the Detroit Tigers’ catcher after a strike from Rocky Colavito nailed him at the plate.
“Outstanding image shows the side of Mickey that most people forget, his intensity and drive ,” reads the description.
There are other images from football and a few from basketball and hockey as well as a couple of rare shots of golf legend Bobby Jones.
“”For our Monthly Auctions we use First Class shipping to keep costs down for collectors,” says Rhys Yeakley, President of RMY. “We accept credit cards and Paypal and offer a full 30 days to pay.”
Bidding on most photos starts at $25. Registration takes about one minute at RMYAuctions.com.