It's one of those "yard sale shopper discovers famous painting" type stories, only this one deals with famous and rarely seen images of the some of the most famous athletes and celebrities in the world.
Recently, Historic Images purchased a sizable collection of photos which had been held in private hands and locked away for several decades. Many of the boxes were still sealed and the contents unknown.
Contained within were hundreds of original date-stamped sports photos; including Shoeless Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Satchel Paige, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Walter Johnson, Bobby Jones and Yankee Stadium, including photos by Charles Conlon and Louis von Oeyen. Photos included several teams, rookies and artistic study shots: grips, arms, feet and equipment of Hall of Famers.
The current top lot is a 1939 rookie year shot of Ted Williams by Herman Seid.
But it's not just the subject matter, it's the rarity of the photos that have people talking. Many have never been seen before, anywhere.
And these are not just amazing images, but amazing stories. Rhys Yeakley of RMY Auctions has spent the last several months curating these photographs carefully describing each image and why it's so significant.
The culmination of this effort is a more than 1,100-lot auction that end Saturday, Oct. 5 at www.RMYauctions.com. You must register to bid, and you must bid on lots to be included in "extended" bidding. RMY expects items to sell for between $50-$5,000, meaning collectors on any budget can get into the game.
There is something for everyone in this auction, including non-sports like Truman, Einstein and Dillinger.
RMY Auctions is a partnership between Rhys Yeakley and Historic Images. For more information, call (614) 551-9761.