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1955 Original NEGATIVE - SANDY KOUFAX Fastball Grip ROOKIE Brooklyn Dodgers See original listing
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1955 Original NEGATIVE - SANDY KOUFAX Fastball Grip ROOKIE Brooklyn Dodgers

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From a fine group of Vintage 'period' ORIGINAL Negatives that we will be offering this week. The majority of these antique negatives are from the New York Daily News and were used in newspaper publication in the pages of the famous tabloid over the last century. Each negative is "ONE-of-a-KIND" and are professional-size, LARGE 5" x 7" or 4" x 5" format. With their slogan "New York's Picture Newspaper" since 1920, the 'News' prided itself for offering the best sports pictures among the New York papers (including the Times and the Post). In covering the hometown Yankees, Dodgers and Giants during New York's 'golden age of baseball', photography greats of the time such as Charles Hoff, Frank Hurley, Hank Olen and Fred Morgan were armed with the best equipment employed in those days from the latest Speed Graphics cameras to the howitzer-like Big Berthas, the Daily News was truly New York's picture newspaper.

The offered LARGE format, 4" x 5" acetate negative is a vintage 1955 exemplar and features an INCREDIBLE, EARLY image of 19-year old Sandy Koufax in his 1st season as a rookie hurler. Taken by Fred Morgan of the New York Daily News on April 9, 1955 before the start of Opening Day, this amazing image of Koufax's fastball grip is in the style of legendary sports photographer, Charles M. Conlon whose extreme close-ups of the hands of ballplayers are iconic works of the pre-WWII era. More like a work of art than a baseball image, Morgan's composition on this one is brilliant. The clarity on this one is mind-blowing, if palm readers could read fingers, then there would be no problem making out the rich detail and lines on this southpaw's hand !

The negative is in outstanding excellent condition delivering an absolutely stunning image ! It is capable of producing unlimited prints of any size with excellent contrast and razor SHARP clarity. For illustrative purposes, we have scanned the negative using a film scanner for a visual of the positive (an actual photo developed from this negative through a traditional dark room chemical process will be far superior to the image seen below). Along with the negative is the original Daily News filing sheet with 4/9/55 date and Morgan's photographer's credit.

Original negatives of this caliber do not come up often publicly as most are locked away in the archives of institutions, museums, or held privately in the finest photography collections in the hobby. This a standout "ONE-of-a-KIND" treasure, capturing the legendary Koufax fastball "EARLY" in its development. We have offered more than our share of Koufax images on eBay. In our opinion this is a trophy piece that belongs in the National Baseball Hall of Fame !

(NOTE: the item is being sold as a collectible only and no commercial reproduction rights are expressed or implied).

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(This is a 10-day Auction that ends on SUNDAY Night, December 11th).

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