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1950s Dick Groat Contact-Proof Original Photo by Jacobellis (PSA/DNA TYPE I) - Used for 1955 Topps Card

Lot Number 471

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No matter how many Jacobellis contact proofs one sees, their crystal-clear images never cease to amaze. Here, you can actually make out clovers among the individual blades of grass. Just startlingly life-like. This is Groat's action-vignette shot from 1955 Topps, but it's just a tad bit different from that of his 1954 Topps card. Long-time Topps art director Ben Solomon has signed off on the reverse. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

 

 

THE "GOLDEN AGE OF BASEBALL CARDS" PHOTO ARCHIVE: Featuring the Master Photography Collections of Jacobellis, Olen, Barr, Greene and More

 

Recent meteoric growth in our hobby's "card-used photo" sector can largely be traced to this very archive. When the Type I original photos of Topps/Bowman photographers Bill Jacobellis and Bob Olen first surfaced at auction in 2014, the terminology of "contact proof" was still relatively unknown. Now, any advanced photo collector immediately recognizes the extraordinary quality and value of Jacobellis contact proofs, as evidenced by the nearly $7,000 paid for Mickey Mantle's 1956 Topps photo in our August 2017 auction. Meanwhile, in that same sale, Olen's 1965 Topps photo of Joe Namath—described by expert Henry Yee as "the single most important football photograph ever offered"—hit the whopping record total of $66,000. And that marks the fourthtime in the past 5 years that a card-used photo has reached such an echelon, with Mantle's 1951 Bowman and 1952 Topps photos selling for $72,000 and $60,000, while a 1933 Goudey Gehrig photo by Charles Conlon likewise garnered $60,000.

 

Thus, it's with great excitement that we present another tremendous selection of offerings from the "Golden Age" archive. Each unique piece in the Bill Jacobellis Collection carries the Jacobellis copyright stamp and has received a Full LOA from PSA/DNA. These contact proofs represent the ultimate in crystal-clear image quality and are essentially the closest thing to the negative itself. Simply put, the contact-proof development process was not employed for everyday news-service photos printed on a tight publication deadline, but rather was reserved for specialized, studio-caliber purposes such as card production by Topps, Bowman and other leading companies. Dimensions are 4x5 (with a distinctive black border) and condition averages EX-MT.



 
 
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