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Winning Bid:
$25,255.72 (Includes 15% Buyer's Premium)
Bidding Ended:
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:00:00 AM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:00:00 AM)
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Auction #203 - Part I
Item numbers 1 through 1428 in auction 203
Value Code:
M - $5,000 to $10,000 Help Icon
Item Description
8x10" glossy photo shows players in uniform on field with five kneeling and six standing. Reverse side of photo has been filled out in ballpoint pen noting players names and positions and signed “Harold ‘Hooks’ Tinker”. Hand-printed text reads “On Our Way To The Top/Pittsburgh Crawfords-1928/Back Row-Neal Harris-LF-Jim Stills RF, Harold Tinker Mgr.-F John Moorei 1B-Allie Thompkins, OF- Charlie Hughes-2B Front Row Josh Gibson-C, -Wm. Kimbo-P. Gilbert Hill-P.Claude Johnson, CF+1B Bill Harris-3B-1B.” Emulsion of photo has yellowed with age and photo has some dust soil and creasing with 1" vertical tear at bottom edge at left of center. Reverse side is heavily dust soiled with a few pencil marks on left side. Overall Good with VG+ text and signature area. Harold Tinker spotted 16 year old Josh Gibson playing in an industrial league all-star game in 1928 and brought him to the Crawford team where he played until December of 1930. Tinker was an accomplished player but he is most famous for being the man who discovered Josh Gibson. This photograph may actually be the very first image of Josh Gibson ever taken in a baseball uniform .A superb sharp image of a young Gibson along with the manager who discovered him shown with the rest of the team. Early and historic. Photo is from the estate of Harold “Hooks” Tinker. From the Richard Merkin Collection and comes with Hake’s COA and JSA LOA.
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