Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Look Back at the Wingfield Collection

Back in 2004 Upper Deck accomplished quite a coup when they made a sizable investment in the Don Wingfield collection. Some, or many of you might be saying, "Who?!?" but let me assure you, in all probability, you are familiar with his work. Don Wingfield was a legendary photographer for the Sporting News and Look magazines as well as the on-field cameraman for University of Notre Dame football games. He is also attributed with some of the all-time classic images of US President's celebrating in the honorary "first pitch" ceremony.

The Don Wingfield collection is a historical portfolio of more than 6,000 photos spanning the 1940s through the early 1970s. Photographs from this remarkable gallery of images were incorporated into Upper Deck sports cards and Upper Deck Authenticated products beginning in late Fall 2004 and provided an excellent synergy with their dominating presence in the retired player only product niche. Upper Deck utilized the Wingfield collection in a variety of forms and products including as an oversized 5x7 box topper. Tying this collection to such great brands as Hall of Fame, Sweet Spot Classic and Legendary Cuts was a natural fit.


Upper Deck's Wingfield Collection includes:

- More than 800 never before seen images of Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron and Whitey Ford

- Pictures of Dodger's great Roy Campanella

- Roger Maris holding up a New Yankee's jersey with the number 61 engraved on it after hitting 61 homeruns in 1961

- Portraits of Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente

- Lou Gehrig playing stickball in the streets with New York city children

- Joe Morgan in a Houston Astro's uniform

- Many twentieth-century United States Presidents throwing out the first pitch at All-Star Games

The black and white photography consistent with the era, made a perfect fit for the player content and really added to Upper Deck's arsenal. Today, cards from the Wingfield collection can be found on the secondary market, however due to the popularity of 5x7 portraits, those can be difficult to find and pricey when you do.

2 comments:

Dean said...

Nice looking cards, but I have never heard of these cards. There are only a few for sale on eBay. No sets for sale at all. Why are these so difficult to find and pricey?

They must have been issued in limited quantities....

Rob- AKA "VOTC" said...

The 5x7's were issued as a box topper and the other cards as small run insert sets.

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