Official authentic vintage UPI/AP Wirephotos/Laserphotos are very limited with
usually only 1 sent to each major newspaper. Transmitted electronically by the
UPI/AP only to subscribing newspapers for possible use in their sports sections,
the photos were printed in black & white on electro-static printers and are far from the
quality of photos we have become accustomed to.
The photos were usually transmitted in 3 stages, CYAN, MAGENTA & YELLOW , which
the newspaper, if they wanted, could then combine into a color photograph for
their issue. Condition of most photos ranges from EX to NEAR MINT. As a bonus,
some photos have the blue-line cropping marks made by editors prior to their
appearing in the paper.
Scarce, interesting and a snapshot of history, most wire photos are of major subjects
and moments in history and make great collectibles for player and team collectors !
Wirephotos and laserphotos are no longer transmitted in this manner (I believe they
stopped in the early 1990's). Images are now transmitted directly from computer
to computer with no need for an actual hardcopy photo to be produced.
Images of nearly all wirephotos are available.
To save space and time, most were produced with a low resolution digital camera.
The resulting images do not do the wirephotos justice. The wirephotos are much
nicer than they appear in the images.
These are from the archives of the San Diego Union Tribune and
will make a nice addition to your collection.