Chicago Sun-Times sells its photo archive to notable collector

As newspapers continue their unstopping transition into the digital age, often times their relics get forgotten about.

Often times, their pieces of history, their memorabilia — photographs, old books, media guides, etc. — get discarded or lost or piecemealed through the years and their present-day collections are found in dark old rooms, basements, cubby-holes in corners of buildings as well as in digital formats.

However, the entire printed photo archive of the Chicago Sun-Times, a publication with its modern lineage dating back to 1948 but with ties to publications from much earlier, has been sold to a memorabilia collector and businessman.

His name? John Rogers, a 36-year-old Arkansas-based entrepreneur with a name some might recognize — he bought a high-grade copy of Honus Wagner‘s infamous T206 baseball card in 2008 for $1.62 million.

His company will sort, scan and archive the newspaper’s images and he will then own the prints and negatives, however not the copyrights in many cases.

Read more about the deal here.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at

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