Lot # 451: c.1910s Jim Thorpe Original Type I Photo – Underwood & Underwood – Measures Approx. 4” x 5” – Full PSA Type 1 LOA

Category: Photos

Starting Bid: $300.00

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Item was in Auction "Spring Break Rarities Auction 2019",
which ran from 3/14/2019 4:00 PM to
4/6/2019 7:00 PM

(LOT 451)
c.1910s Jim Thorpe Original Type I Photo – Underwood & Underwood – Measures Approx. 4" x 5" – Full PSA Type 1 LOA

This stellar Jim Thorpe original portrait photo was taken by the renowned Underwood & Underwood news service and portrays the immortal 20th century star in his period-style formal attire. Issued in the c.1910's period, it was issued at the height of his baseball, football and Olympics stardom, with century old Thorpe mementos few and far between. One of the greatest all-around athletes ever, the immortal Jim Thorpe not only dominated various Olympic events including winning gold medals in the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon events as well as playing professional baseball and football during the early 1910's.

His storied amateur career at Carlisle Indian School included two amazing All-American seasons in 1911 and 1912, with Thorpe leading Carlisle to the National Championship in 1912. His remarkable image depicts the immortal Thorpe donning his dapper-like suit, with a curious facial gaze that almost captures the iconic star taking a glimpse of the future he is about to embark on. Negligible flaws include a few light surface abrasions near the lower right and left edges and some stray wrinkles barely noticeable to the naked eye. The verso reveals various Underwood & Underwood credit stamps, the final compliment to one of Thorpe's most captivating images via its unparalleled crystal-clear clarity that has somehow managed to defy "father-time"! Full PSA Type I LOA

MIN BID $300


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