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    1940's Negro Leaguers Original Photographs Lot of 17 (PSA/DNA Type 1) from The Monte Irvin Collection.

    UPDATE: Each photo has been deemed Type 1 by PSA/DNA.

    Not enough material from the Negro Leagues has survived for future generations. These seventeen small photographs (almost all 3.25x4.5") show Negro Leaguers - mostly in uniform. These were part of Monte Irvin's personal collection. Depicted players include: Johnnie Davis, Bob Harvey, Rufus Lewis, (2) Max Manning, Clarence "Half Pint" Israel, Cotton Evans, Terris McDuffy, (2) Leon Hooker, Jimmy Wilkes, Jim Hill, Len Pearson, and a few more. Letter of provenance from Monte Irvin's daughter. LOA from PSA/DNA, Type 1 for each.

    The Monte Irvin Collection

    The story of Jackie Robinson is one of the most important in the annals of American sports history, but that tale is diminished in no way by the insistence that Robinson did not shoulder the weight of history alone. It was only fifteen months after Robinson's debut that the great Monte Irvin made his own, the fourth African-American to wear the uniform of a Major League team, and the first in the history of the Giants franchise.

    Certainly the fight for acceptance, much less equality, was far from over when Irvin took his first brave steps into the maelstrom but, like Robinson, his steady resolve and extraordinary talents were essential tools in righting the sport's most grievous wrong. He remains one of the most significant athletes of any American sport active during the post-war era.

    The lots that follow derive from Mr. Irvin's personal collection, covering a wide range of decades from his youth in the Negro Leagues through his 1973 Hall of Fame induction, and onward through the closing years of his long life as one of baseball's great ambassadors. Each lot will be accompanied by a letter of provenance from Irvin's daughter.


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