In the world of photo collecting, the 1996 sale of the archives of Baseball Magazine by Christies is the one people dream about. It was the first photograph sale that generated a buzz and the pieces that went through that sale are worth millions today. Of all the images in that collection, this photograph of Walter Johnson reading a copy of Baseball Magazine was selected to be on the catalog cover. This is an impressive and important work of baseball photography in its own right, stamped on the back by Hugh Miller and with editorial enhancements, but the use of this photo on the cover of the most famous baseball photograph sale of all time, puts this into a different stratosphere among collectors.
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 9/10