Massive 1908 silver gelatin cabinet photograph of Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Ty Cobb sliding home on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning of the third game of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs. Taken from about 30 feet away from the play but at ground level, this was done at West Side Park in Chicago. The catcher Johnny Kling is just a hint too late with the ball and he looks on helplessly as Cobb willed himself across the plate. A silver gelatin original in unusually large format, this was taken two years before the famous sliding photo by Charles Conlon and for our money, this is every bit as good! The photo portion itself is huge for the time period, measuring 9.25x14 inches alone. Only presentational pieces were made in this size and format at the time this was done, making it an almost certainly unique piece of photography. this is likewise one of only two known vintage copies of this image to have surfaced in the hobby with this one being far superior. Normally PSA will not authenticate cabinet photographs because they need to evaluate the reverse of the photograph itself, but the damage to the lower left actually did us a favor here as just enough of the photo has peeled up to be able render an opinion and this is indeed a Type 1 and will come with a full letter as well! A historically important image that is offered here in incredible size. While there is some damage to the mount and some minimal surface wear to the image, the photo could be fixed a touch and framed at a minimal cost to look absolutely breathtaking. One of the top five images of Ty Cobb that exists in the world!
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 6.5/10