Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kodak Color Slides

Awhile back I was sent a large package of Wallach cards and miscellaneous other items from fellow Wallach fan, Nick in Texas.  Included among the miscellaneous items were five color slides he said he had picked up somewhere along the way.

I've seen slides pop up on ebay with some regularity, but have never purchased any.  Often they tend to be extremely expensive, sometimes $30+.  And even when they show up for a more reasonable $0.99 or just a few bucks, I've always held off for a couple of reasons.  For one, I wasn't sure what I would do with them.  For another, a lot of the photos tend not to be that exciting.  And primarily, every dollar I spend on a Wallach slide is a dollar I'm not spending on Wallach cards.

None the less, I was quite pleased to see these slides included in the package that Nick sent.  But two my three problems listed above still existed.  Far be it for me to look a gift horse in the mouth (I'm very grateful for the slides), but I wasn't sure what to do with them, and most of the photos weren't very exciting.

What I ended up doing was taking the slides to a local photo studio.  For $3 per slide, they scanned them, then put them all on a disc for another $5.  I don't know if that's a good price or not, but I went ahead and had it done.  Unfortunately they developed a couple of them backwards (some of my photos of the slides are as well, but that was done intentionally).  I imagine this is a relatively easy fix if I ever decide to have prints done, but I'm not photoshop savvy enough to know for sure.

The slide at the top is my favorite of the bunch by a wide margin.  My tentative plan is to have an 8x10 print made of it, and frame it with the five color slides below it.  If I ever get around to it, you'll certainly hear about it.

Below are the rest of the slides and photos, I assume Bryan Yablonsky was the photographer, the slides came with not very official looking "release" from him as well:


  1. Have you picked up any of the TV slides yet? From about 1978 through mid 80s MLB issued slides to TV stations that produced baseball games. The tv stations used them to put the players photo on the screen either when they were batting or to show the hitters coming up the next inning. All the ones I have found of Virdon from the 80s are very cheap the 70s ones though are expensive.

    1. No, I haven't. I've been on the look out for those too.

  2. Love your blog, I just wanted to give you a little background on Bryan Yablonsky. He was one of the most prolific sports photographers of the 90's and into the 2000's, working mostly in Baseball (his photos are on many, many cards from the period) but he shot all of the Big 4 sports. I worked for an agency that repped his work in the mid 90's and he was one of the hardest working photogs I knew, as well as a nice guy. He passed away in 2013 I believe.