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    1938 DIMAGGIO WIRE PHOTO. The significance of this wire photo may not be immediately apparent.  Its pasted caption reports that he "...doubles in first inning of his 1938 debut..."  On the reverse, we discover that it's dated "5-7 '38."  It seems that Joe rejected his contract for 1938, and he held out for a three-fold salary increase.  Reaction from fandom was swift and harsh; DiMaggio settled for $25,000 - a sharp departure from his demands.  He missed the entirety of April that year and, indeed, this photo (taken May 7th of '38) captures his 'debut' that season.  It's a 9" x 7" and, if we forgive very small tack holes in the right border, this piece is fully EX with light corner creases. 

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