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Back Items For The Auction of November 10, 2012  
 
  Lot Number Item Description Est. Price Range Sold For Price
 
See a Picture of this Item 101 Rare Bobby Wallace signed black and white Artvue Hall of Fame postcard. Desirable vintage postcard has been signed within the lower border, "Roderick J. Wallace." Blue fountain pen signature rates 7/8 out of 10. Card displays the slightest hint of scattered wear when viewed from display distance, however has deep angled slit to left hand portion which penetrates through to the back. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Sig. EX/MT, Card: See description ($500-$1,500) $836.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 102 Hugh Duffy autographed index card. Standard sized 3"x5" index card has been signed on the unlined side, "Hugh Duffy Boston Red Sox." Black fountain pen signature rates 8 out of 10 with hairline/trail affecting the "H" mentioned for sake of accuracy. Card displays light scattered wear and consistent age toning. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Sig. NM ($300-$500) $483.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 103 Extremely rare Eddie Plank autograph. Paper slip as removed from a 1922 World Series program bears (5) pencil signatures including Wally Schang, Frank Baker, Sam Jones, Bob Shawkey, and notably rare Hall of Famer Eddie Plank. Plank pieced together one of the greatest pitching careers of the early 20th Century primarily as a member of Connie Mack's fabled Philadelphia Athletics. He was a member of two World Championship teams winning (20) or more games in (8) different seasons and became the first left handed pitcher to win (200) and then (300) games. Inclusive of this example, we have handled (5) or less in over 20 years with one originating from the very same program as this (sold in February 2002 for $10,000). Pencil signatures rate 7 to 8 out of 10 with Plank's last name being over dark portion. Paper is lightly toned with little wear. Includes auction LOA from JSA and full LOA from PSA/DNA: EX/MT ($3,000-$5,000) $2,100.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 104 Rube Marquard single signed baseball. Dudley brand "Official League" baseball has been signed across a side panel and spanning onto the sweetspot, "Rube Marquard." Bold black marker signature rates 8/9 out of 10. Clear coating has been placed over the signature panel and has toned slightly. Includes auction LOA from JSA: EX/MT ($750-$1,000) $532.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 105 Walter Johnson single signed baseball c.1930s. Red and blue stitched Reach W.Harridge OAL baseball has been signed across the sweetspot, "Walter Johnson." Vintage fountain pen signature rates 6/7 out of 10. Ball remains very well preserved with just a touch of expected light consistent toning. League stampings remain unusually bold. An extremely appealing example of one of the most desirable pieces within the genre. Includes original box (VG with scattered wear/tears and missing one side) and auction LOA from JSA: EX/MT ($4,000-$6,000) $4,248.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 106 Incredible Billy Southworth c.1929 single singed baseball with numerous career related notations. Red and black stitched Spalding baseball (bearing both Official National League and Official International League stampings) has been signed on the side panel in period fountain pen, "Compliments and Best Wishes to my Good Friend Dr. Chas Jorgenson from Billy Southworth, Mgr. St Louis Cardinals 1929." In addition, Southworth has inscribed the remaining panels with "New York Giants National League Champs 1924", "St. Louis Cardinals Worlds Champions 1926", and "Rochester Red Wings International League Champions 1928" thus noting all Championship teams of which he was a member as a player. Signature/handwriting rates 7/8 to 8 out of 10. Ball displays even toning with a touch of scattered wear. Southworth was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008 and a scant few single signed baseballs have come to market since. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Ball EX, Sig. EX/MT-NM ($2,000-$4,000) $3,300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 107 1919 Detroit Tigers signed baseball with Jennings and Heilmann. Rare and desirable early team ball being one of the few pre-1920 examples to have surfaced. Blue and orange stitched Reach B.Johnson OAL baseball has been signed by approximately (20) including Hall of Famers Hugh Jennings (with "1919" inscribed in his hand) and Harry Heilmann, both rating 7 to 7/8 out of 10 (no Cobb). Balance of autographs rate from a faint 1 to 1/2 to 7 out of 10 and include a mix of what appears to be players and executives with Shorten, Dowd, Tuthill (trainer), Veach, Dauss, and others. Ball displays even toning with scattered wear. Presence of player Dowd indicates that the ball was signed during either Spring Training or very early in the season. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Ball VG-EX, Sigs. PR-EX/MT ($2,000-$4,000) $1,365.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 108 1920 New York Giants team signed baseball. Red and black stitched Spalding J.Heydler ONL baseball has been signed by approximately (23) members of the 1920 team. Best preserved panel, in terms of signature quality (7 to 8 out of 10), has been signed by (5) including McGraw, Bancroft, Doyle, Douglas, and Gonzalez. Balance of signatures range from 1/2 to 5 out of 10 including Youngs, Kelly, Frisch, Burns, Barnes, Snyder, Toney, and Nehf. Ball itself remains well preserved with light toning, light to moderate wear, and especially bold manufacturer's stampings. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Ball EX-EX/MT, Sigs. GD-EX/MT ($1,000-$3,000) $1,200.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 109 Choice early career Babe Ruth single signed baseball c.1920s. Red and blue stitched Reach B.Johnson Official American League baseball has been signed across the sweetspot, "Babe Ruth." Vintage fountain pen signature rates 7 to 7/8 out of 10 with just a touch of loss to last name. Ruth+s use of quotes and diminutive signature style along with pre-1925 manufacture of ball help in placing this as having been signed during the earlier span of his days with the New York Yankees. Ball displays light to moderate even toning with a touch of minor scattered wear; more accentuated to the left of signature with three scuffs that break leather surface. Stampings remain very well defined. Very fine early example being one of the strongest we have offered of its dating period. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Ball EX-EX/MT (with note to scuffs), Sig: EX/MT ($10,000-$15,000) $12,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 110 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig autographed baseball with the Washington Senators team c.1931. Red and blue stitched Reach baseball displaying evident wear has been signed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in period fountain pen rating 6/7 (Gehrig) to 7/8 (Ruth) out of 10. The ball has also been signed by numerous members of the Washington Senators, most done in an ink which has largely faded (0/1-5/6 out of 10). Visible amongst these are Hall of Famers Heinie Manush, Sam Rice, and Manager Walter Johnson (reverse sweetspot 2/10). Ball has general toning and light scattered wear with period coat of shellac applied. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Overall VG-VG/EX ($2,000-$3,000) $3,221.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 111 1932 New York Giants team signed baseball with (6) Hall Of Famers. Red and black stitched Spalding baseball has been signed by approximately (28) members of the New York Giants with nearly all identified as rostered 1932 team members or coaches. There are a few unidentified who, along with Harry Danning did not join the regular season team until 1933, may suggest that this is a 1933 Spring Training ball. Includes Mel Ott (full name signed, "Melvin" - 3/4 out of 10), Dave Bancroft (5/6 out of 10), Bill Terry (4/5 out of 10), Fred Lindstrom (6 to 6/7 out of 10), Travis Jackson (1/2 to 2 out of 10), Carl Hubbell (6/7 to 7 out of 10), Sam Leslie, Chick Fullis, Bob O'Farrell, Eddie Moore, Hughie Critz, Fred Fitzsimmons, Tom Clarke, Frank Hogan, Sam Gibson , Harry Danning (rostered 1933 player), Jim Mooney, Hi Bell, Eddie Marshall, Roy Parmelee, Ethan Allen, Bill Walker, Francis Healy, and others. Period fountain pen signatures rate 1/2 to 6/7 to 7 out of 10, ball displays evident wear with toned coat of period shellac applied. Includes auction LOA from JSA: VG-EX ($500-$1,000) $650.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 112 Babe Ruth autograph in framed display. Bold pencil "Babe Ruth" signature rating 9 out of 10 appears on small section of what appears to be a paper napkin. Framed for display with large format (modern print) image of Ruth to 20.5"x26" overall. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Sig. NM-MT ($2,000-$3,000) $1,900.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 113 1927 Washington Senators partial team signed baseball. Red and blue stitched Reach B. Johnson OAL baseball has been signed by (12) including Tris Speaker (sweetspot 8 out of 10), Walter Johnson (7/8 out of 10), Joe Judge, Ossie Bluege, Bob Reeves, Goose Goslin (7 out of 10), Topper Rigney, Al Schact, Horace Lisenbee, Nick Altrock, Jack Onslow, and Earl McNeely. Fountain pen signatures rate 7 to 8/9 out of 10. Ball displays light consistent toning and has period coat of shellac applied. League stampings remain very strong and there is a period notation "Wash Aug-11-27" written over the Reach shield. Includes portion of original box (approximately 55%) which has been taped over and auction LOA from JSA: Overall EX/MT ($2,000-$4,000) $2,420.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 114 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig autographed baseball c.1930s. Red and blue stitched Reach W.Harridge OAL baseball has been signed on the sweetspot, "Babe Ruth" with "Lou Gehrig" appearing on adjacent panel. Black fountain pen signatures rate 7 to 7/8 out of 10 and are situated so that both can be displayed at once. Period ink inscription/identifier of the name of original recipient on panel below has largely faded from view and is mentioned for accuracy only. Ball displays light even toning and retains unusually strong League stampings. Very fine example for display. Includes auction LOA from JSA: NM with note to faded identifier ($10,000-$15,000) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 115 Rare and exceptional 1927 World Series Champion New York Yankees team signed baseball. Red and blue stitched Reach B.Johnson OAL baseball has been signed by (21) including Ruth, Gehrig, Huggins, Combs, Shawkey, Grabowski, Miller (bullpen coach), Paschal, O'Leary, Moore, Lazzeri, Shocker, Morehart, Bengough, Giard, Koenig, Durst, Ruether, Thomas, and Wera. Fountain pen signatures rate 6/7 to 9 out of 10, averaging 7/8. Ball displays moderate toning, likely the result of a thin coat of shellac, and has several scattered areas of surface loss (minute) which primarily only have an effect on signatures on one panel. Retains bold manufacturer's stampings (Johnson facsimile signature has all but faded) with small period "NY Aug-11-27" notation written over the Reach shield. For the sake of accuracy, we mention that there is an additional small notation near League stampings and what looks to be an additional very faded signature. Includes portion of the original box (approximately 70% intact - now covered in tape) and the lidded wooden storage box in which this and the 1927 Senators ball (offered elsewhere within this sale) were stored. During the course of our twenty year company history we have handled less then five 1927 Yankees team signed baseball of quality with this particular example easily ranking near the top of that exclusive list. Offered for the first time publicly from the family of the original recipient. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Ball EX, Sigs. EX-NM ($15,000-$25,000) $21,780.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 116 1943 National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals team signed baseball. Spalding F.Frick ONL baseball has been signed by (25) including Musial, Southworth, Cooper, Marion, and Walker. Also present are Umpires Tom Dunn and Bill Stewart along with Danny Murtaugh whom was on the Phillies at the time. Period fountain pen signatures rate 5 to 7 out of 10 (one or two lesser), ball displays moderate even toning. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Overall EX ($500-$750) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 117 Ted Williams single signed baseball c.1940s. Reach W.Harridge OAL baseball has been signed across the sweetspot, "Ted Williams." Vintage fountain pen signature rates 7-7/8 out of 10 having faded slightly. Ball displays an even cream coloration and retains unusually bold and well defined League stampings. Fine example bearing Williams' classic early signature style. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Ball EX/MT-NM, Sig. EX/MT ($750-$1,000) $700.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 118 Tom Yawkey and Joe Cronin autographed baseball c.1940s. Reach W.Harridge OAL baseball has been signed on adjacent side panels, "Joe Cronin" and "Tom Yawkey." Vintage fountain pen signatures rate 7/8 to 8 out of 10. Ball displays a light cream coloration with small areas of shellac applied over signatures and retains unusually bold League stampings. Highly desirable autograph pairing with ideal display positioning. Includes auction LOA from JSA: EX/MT-NM ($500-$1,000) $850.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 119 Lot of (4) St. Louis Cardinals and Browns related autographed baseballs c.1930s-1940s. Includes mid-1930s St. Louis Cardinals team signed Spalding F.Frick ONL ball having approximately (15) signatures including Frisch, Medwick, Mize rating 2 to 6/7 out of 10. Additional panel with Dizzy Dean and Jesse Haines sigs has been enhanced in period India ink. Ball has light coat of shellac, toning, and light scattered wear; 1946 St. Louis Browns team signed Reach baseball (faded stampings) with (31) signatures including Dahlgren and Stephens. Ball has light cream coloration, signatures rate 5/6 to 7 out of 10; c.1930s Browns/Red Sox multi-signed Reach W.Harridge OAL baseball with (8) signatures including Stephens and Higgins rating 2/3 to 6 out of 10. Ball displays even cream coloration and light wear; Spalding F.Frick baseball sweetspot signed by Harry Walker with even toning has period "two base hit by+scoring winning run in 1946 World Series" notation. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Range VG-EX/MT ($500-$750) $300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 121 "1937 All-Star Game" baseball attributed to use by Lefty Gomez and signed by George Barr. Well used/soiled baseball having faint vestiges of period appropriate William Harridge Official American League markings. Notated on the side panel in period ink (unknown hand), "From 1937 All Star Game Played at Washington D.C. - Game Won By Americans 8-3, This Ball Pitched by Gomez 7/7/37." Opposite panel has been signed "Geo. Barr" in fountain pen rating 8 to 9 out of 10. Ball displays appropriate use/wear with a small scuff and half dollar sized area of discoloration which is likely the result of prior mounting/display. The 1937 event was held at Griffith Stadium with President Roosevelt throwing out the first pitch and Gomez starting for the American League. Umpire George Barr was on field at third base. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Ball VG-EX, Sig. EX/MT-NM ($500-$1,000) $350.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 122 Ford Frick single signed baseball c.late 1930s. Spalding F.Frick ONL baseball has been signed on the sweetspot, "Ford Frick." Vintage fountain pen signature rates 6/7 to 7 out of 10. Ball displays even toning and scattered wear with light coat of shellac applied. This particular double circle Spalding logo dates to Frick's earliest days as National League President. Includes auction LOA from JSA: VG/EX ($750-$1,000) $1,300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 123 Late 1930s National League Umpires autographed baseball. Spalding F.Frick ONL baseball has been signed on the side panel by George Barr, Bick Campbell, and Dolly Stark. Period fountain pen signatures rate 7 to 8 out of 10. Ball displays even toning/soiling with evident usage wear and has shellac applied over signed panel. Includes auction LOA from JSA: EX ($250-$500) $150.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 124 Joe Medwick single signed baseball c.1930s. Spalding F.Frick ONL baseball has been signed across the sweetspot, "Joe Medwick." Vintage fountain pen signature rates 7/8 to 8 out of 10. Ball displays mild even toning with shellac over signed area. Additional half dollar sized circle of shellac appears on panel below sweetspot and that area has some surface loss (likely the result of prior mounting within display). League stampings remain bold and well defined and this particular double circle Spalding logo places era of manufacture within the 1930s. Choice example dating to Medwick's days as member of the St. Louis Cardinals fabled "Gas House Gang" teams. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Displays EX/MT ($1,500-$2,500) $1,114.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 125 1940 Cy Young single signed baseball. Red and black stitched Spalding J.Tener ONL baseball has been signed across a side panel, "March 8, 1940, Cy Young, Peoli, O." Vintage fountain pen signature rates 7-7/8 out of 10. Ball displays a mild even cream coloration with shellac applied over the signed panel. A pair of quarter sized circle imperfections appear over League stampings (one being shellac, other remnant of circle shaped adhesive mount - both with surface loss at center) resulting from prior display. The panel below that which is signed has a consistent abrasion throughout. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Displays EX-EX/MT ($4,000-$6,000) $5,476.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 126 Dazzy Vance single signed baseball c.late 1920s. Red and black stitched Spalding J.Heydler ONL baseball has been signed across the sweetspot, "A.C. Dazzy Vance." Vintage fountain pen signature rates 8 out of 10. Ball displays moderate even toning/discoloration with shellac applied over signed area. Light scattered wear mentioned for accuracy with small area of more pronounced toning with some surface loss over Heydler facsimile signature (likely resulting from prior mount within display). League stampings remain bold and well defined. Desirable playing days example dating to the era in which Vance dominated the National League. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Displays EX-EX/MT ($3,000-$5,000) $6,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 127 Early Connie Mack single signed baseball c.1910s-1920s. Red and blue stitched Reach B.Johnson OAL baseball has been signed on the side panel, "Connie Mack." Vintage fountain pen signature rates 8 to 8/9 out of 10. Ball displays moderate toning/discoloration and has shellac applied over signed panel. Sweetspot has small quarter sized remnant of circle shaped adhesive mount resulting from prior display with an area of adjacent surface loss. League stampings have faded slightly but remain well defined. This particular single circle Reach logo and printed on 1909 patent date place the era of manufacture c.1910s. With a (10) year playing career interspersed, Mack engaged in a brief stint at the helm of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1894-1896. He assumed control of the Philadelphia Athletics at Franchise inception in 1901 and was with the team through (9) American League pennants and (5) World Series Championships before retiring after the 1950 season. He remains the longest serving Manager in Major League history. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Displays EX-EX/MT ($2,000-$4,000) $1,800.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 128 Late 1920s Frank Frisch single signed baseball. Red and black stitched Spalding J.Heydler ONL baseball has been signed across the sweetspot, "Frank Frisch." Vintage fountain pen signature rates 6/7 out of 10. Ball displays mild even toning with shellac over signed area. Several light scratches to upper leather surface of top panel (mentioned largely for accuracy). Lower panel has a half dollar sized circle of shellac and this area has a small amount of surface loss and residue (result of prior mounting within display). League stampings remain bold and well defined. Uncommonly early example dating to Frisch's earliest days in St. Louis with a team he would lead to (4) World Series appearances. By far the earliest single signed example we have encountered and possibly the earliest to have surfaced. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Displays EX-EX/MT ($1,000-$2,000) $1,300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 129 Charles Rigler and Dick Nallin autographed baseballs c.1910s-1920s (2). Early Red and blue stitched Spalding T.J.Lynch ONL baseball has been signed on the side panel, "July 18, 1914 Compliments Chas. Rigler Umpire." Period fountain pen signature rates 6 to 6/7 out of. Adjacent panel was signed at a later date by Paul Derringer and Bucky Walters. Ball has shellac applied at areas with mild toning and light scattered wear (one small accentuated scuff). League stampings remain bold and well defined (Lynch facsimile signature faded). Small quarter sized remnant of circle shaped adhesive mount resulting from prior display appears on sweetspot. Rigler is often mentioned as a potential Hall of Fame candidate (displays EX); additional red and blue stitched baseball has extremely faint vestiges of OAL stampings visible and displays heavy wear/soiling throughout. Side panel has been signed "R.F. Nallin" in period fountain pen rating 4 to 5 out of 10. Indecipherable notation below (GD). Includes auction LOA from JSA: GD-EX ($300-$500) $1,200.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 130 1922 Ed Walsh single signed baseball. Red and black stitched Spalding B.Johnson OAL baseball has been signed on the side panel, "June 4 - 1922, Ed A Walsh." Vintage fountain pen signature rates 8 out of 10. Ball displays moderate even toning with shellac applied over signed area. Light scattered wear mentioned for accuracy with small quarter sized remnant of circle shaped adhesive mount resulting from prior display. League stampings which are unaffected by this remain bold and well defined. Walsh made his debut with the Chicago White Sox in 1904 and would contribute (17) wins to their Champion season in 1906. Two seasons later (1908) he put together one of the finest single season pitching records of the modern era notching (40) wins which is second only to Jack Chesbro's (41) in post-1900 play. He remains the all-time leader in Major League history with a 1.82 career ERA. Having retired from play just 3 years prior, in 1922 Walsh was then trying his hand in a short lived stint as an Umpire. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Displays EX-EX/MT ($4,000-$6,000) $6,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 131 1925 Bill McGowan single signed baseball. Red and blue stitched Reach B.Johnson OAL baseball has been signed across the side panel and sweetspot, "Umpire Bill McGowan July 19, 1925." Period fountain pen signature rates 7/8 out of 10. Ball display light even toning with shellac applied over signature. A hint of other light wear mentioned for accuracy with small quarter sized remnant of circle shaped adhesive mount resulting from prior display. League stampings remain bold and well defined. McGowan's career was just getting underway in 1925 having made his Major League debut just over (3) months prior to the dating of this piece. Ultimately he would work a record 2,400 consecutive games including (8) World Series and (4) All-Star Games. His remains one of the very few umpiring careers which has warranted induction into Baseball's Hall of Fame. More than likely the earliest dated example to have surfaced. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Displays EX-EX/MT ($1,000-$3,000) $4,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 132 Rogers Hornsby single signed baseball c.late 1920s. Red and black stitched Spalding ONL baseball has been signed across the side panel, "Rogers Hornsby." Vintage fountain pen signature rates 2 to 2/3 out of 10 with a coat of shellac applied over it. Ball displays mild toning with a touch of light scattered wear and has oval shaped remnant of adhesive mount resulting from prior display. League stampings which are unaffected by this remain unusually bold and well defined. Despite having largely faded from view Hornsby's signature is recognizable with this offering a fine alternative to a ball which would otherwise be far higher in value. Includes auction LOA from JSA: VG-EX ($500-$1,000) $800.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 133 Ty Cobb single signed baseball c.1910s (enhanced). Red and blue stitched Reach B. Johnson Official American League baseball displaying very light scattered surface wear with even toning throughout. Side panel has been signed "Ty Cobb" with the original underlying period signature having largely faded; traced later in black ink to aid in display with small area of shellac applied. Below the signature is written the number "5" (reason unknown) and "B.B.C." Panel below that which is signed has quarter sized remnant of circle shaped adhesive mount and adjacent area of surface loss, the result of mounting within prior display. Exceptionally early playing career example which would be valued at multiples of estimated range if not enhanced. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Ball EX-EX/MT, Sig. VG with note to enhancement ($1,000-$3,000) $1,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 134 G.C. Alexander single signed baseball c.late 1920s. Red and black stitched Spalding ONL baseball has been signed across the sweetspot, "G.C. Alexander." Vintage fountain pen signature rates 1 to 1/2 out of 10 with a coat of shellac applied over it. Ball displays mild toning with a touch of light scattered wear and has quarter sized area of shellac and remnant of circle shaped adhesive mount resulting from prior display. League stampings remain unusually bold and well defined. Despite having largely faded from view, Alexander's distinct hand is recognizable with this offering a fine alternative to a ball which would otherwise be in a five figure value level. Includes auction LOA from JSA: VG-EX ($1,000-$2,000) $600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 135 Exceedingly rare 1915 John J. McGraw single signed baseball. Red and black stitched Spalding ONL baseball has been signed on the side panel, "John J. McGraw 1915." Vintage black fountain pen signature rates 8 out of 10. Ball displays moderate even toning with shellac applied over signed panel and has light scattered wear. Sweetspot has quarter sized circle of shellac and remnant of circle shaped adhesive mount resulting from prior display. McGraw made his professional debut in 1891 with the Baltimore Orioles and established one of the great early playing careers which stretched until the close of the 1906 season. In the intervening years he had suited up with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants and starting in 1899 functioned on and off as both player and manager. In 1902 he assumed a more permanent role as New York Giants Manager and would hold the position for (30) years. During that time he notched a National League record 2,669 wins (out of 2,763 total - second only to Connie Mack MLB wide) with his teams winning (10) NL titles and (3) World Championships. An incredible rarity being only the second McGraw single signed ball we have brought to auction and likely the earliest hand dated example to have surfaced. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Displays EX, Sig. strong EX/MT ($5,000-$10,000) $9,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 136 Important Napoleon Lajoie single signed baseball c.1910s-1920s. Red and blue stitched Reach B.Johnson OAL baseball has been signed atop the side panel, "N. Lajoie." Vintage fountain pen signature rates 7 to 7/8 out of 10. Ball displays mild even toning with very light coat of shellac applied over signed panel and has just a touch of other scattered incidental wear (mentioned for accuracy). The panel below that which is signed has a small area of shellac and remnant of circle shaped adhesive mount resulting from prior display. League stampings are unaffected by this and remain unusually bold and well defined. This particular single circle Reach logo and printed on 1909 patent date place the era of manufacture c.1910s. The diminutive signature style employed by Lajoie is indicative of the early period in which it was signed. At this time players were unaccustomed to their signature being the only autograph placed on a baseball and in turn left ample room for teammates. By far the earliest Lajoie single signed baseball we know to exist and surely among the earliest single signed baseballs to have surfaced. These factors combined result in a highly important offering as relates to one of the greatest American League players of the 20th Century. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Displays EX-EX/MT ($5,000-$10,000) $8,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 137 Vice President Thomas R. Marshall single signed baseball attributed to Washington Senators 1917 Opening Day. Red and blue stitched Reach B.Johnson OAL baseball has been signed across the side panel and sweetspot, "Thos. R. Marshall." Period fountain pen signature rates 6/7 to 7 out of 10. Ball displays light even toning with shellac applied over signature. A touch of other light scattered wear has minimal effect on display value with small quarter sized remnant of circle shaped adhesive mount resulting from prior display. League stampings remain generally bold and well defined. Block letter printed notation on a side panel reads, "Opening Game Wash. D.C. 1917." The particular style of handwriting employed bears striking similarity to that of Hall of Fame Umpire Thomas Connolly, who is known to have noted other period balls from high profile events in the same fashion. In addition, Connolly would often have them signed by those involved or other prominent individuals. His collection included the baseball thrown and later signed by Woodrow Wilson on Opening Day, 1916; Wilson did not attend the festivities in 1917 and likely sent Marshall in his place. To be clear, we hesitate to infer that this is the very ball which was thrown to open the Senators 1917 season however, it was most certainly signed that day and likely represents the only Marshall single signed baseball to have surfaced. Includes auction LOA from JSA: VG-EX ($2,000-$4,000) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 138 1914 Bill Dinneen single signed baseball. Red and blue stitched Reach B.Johnson OAL baseball has been signed on the side panel, "Bill Dinneen, August 16th 1914, Syracuse N.Y." Vintage fountain pen signature rates 7to 7/8 out of 10. Ball displays mild even toning with light scattered wear and has shellac applied over signed panel. Area below has a small area of shellac and remnant of circle shaped adhesive mount resulting from prior display. League stampings are well defined being minimally affected by light wear. Rare and uncommonly early single signed baseball as relates to a highly regarded player who holds the distinction of winning (3) games in the 1903 World Series and went on to storied umpiring career. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Displays EX ($400-$600) $669.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 139 Bill McGowan autographed baseball. Reach W.Harridge Official American League baseball has been signed on the side panel, "Bill McGowan." Blue fountain pen signature rates 7/8 out of 10. In addition, McGowan has simulated, in his own hand, the "signatures" of (5) star players of the day incl. Grove and DiMaggio. Ball displays light even toning with incidental scattered surface wear and has period shellac applied over signed areas. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Overall EX/MT ($300-$500) $200.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 140 R.J. (Bobby) Wallace single signed baseball c.1910s-1920s. Red and blue stitched Reach B.Johnson OAL baseball has been signed on the side panel, "RJ Wallace." Vintage fountain pen signature rates 7/8 to 8 out of 10. Ball displays mild even toning with very light coat of shellac applied over signed panel. Ball has just a touch of other scattered incidental wear (mentioned for accuracy). The panel below that which is signed has a half dollar sized area of shellac, minute amount of surface loss, and remnant of circle shaped adhesive mount resulting from prior display. League stampings are unaffected by this and remain unusually bold and well defined. This particular single circle Reach logo and printed on 1909 patent date place the era of manufacture c.1910s. Wallace enjoyed a celebrated playing career, which began in 1894 with the Cleveland Spiders, saw a long stint with the St. Louis Browns, and two shorter spans of time with the St. Louis Perfectos/Cardinals ending in 1918. He spent the remainder of his life involved with game as either manager, umpire, or scout and was inducted into Baseballs' Hall of Fame in 1953. In addition to the rarity of a Wallace single signed baseball (we have seen perhaps one or two others) the offered example ranks among the earliest single signed baseballs to have surfaced within the hobby. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Displays EX-EX/MT ($10,000-$15,000) $19,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 141 Christy Mathewson single signed baseball c.1910s (enhanced). Red and blue stitched Spalding J.Tener ONL baseball displaying evident scattered usage wear with soiling throughout. Side panel has been signed "Christy Mathewson" with the original underlying period signature having largely faded; traced later in black India ink to aid in display. Panel below that which is signed has quarter sized remnant of circle shaped adhesive mount and adjacent area of surface loss, the result of mounting within prior display. This is an extremely desirable single signed baseball, though it remains an affordable substitute as an all original example would reach six figures in value. It remains a ball that was not only handled by Big Six but does indeed contain his highly coveted authentic signature below the added enhancement. Includes auction LOA from JSA: VG ($2,000-$4,000) $2,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 142 Incredibly rare 1915 Miller Huggins single signed baseball. Red and black stitched Spalding ONL baseball has been signed on the side panel in print, "Miller J Huggins" with the date "Sept 26/15" noted in his hand below. Vintage black fountain pen signature rates 8 out of 10. Ball displays moderate even toning with shellac applied over signed panel, and a touch of light scattered wear. Sweetspot has quarter sized remnant of circle shaped adhesive mount resulting from prior display. For the sake of extreme accuracy we mention a small imperfection to the ball surface at the center of signature. In 1915 Huggins was nearing the end of his playing days which had seen an earlier stint with the Cincinnati Reds (1904-1909) and then the St. Louis Cardinals for whom he was both tending second base and serving as manager. His last season of play came in 1917 and in 1918 he shifted allegiances to Jacob Ruppert and the New York Yankees. There he embarked on a fabled run leading Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and the legendary "Murders' Row" teams to an unprecedented string (6) American League Pennants and (3) World Series Championships between 1921 and 1928. Huggins remains one of the most revered managers of all-time and his association with the team, which many consider the greatest ever fielded, has lead to intense desirability of his autograph. To the best of our knowledge we are firm in stating that if this is not the only Huggins single signed baseball which has surfaced it is one of perhaps two or three and mostly certainly the earliest known. That it is "block letter" signed is fitting for the era in which most players were entirely unaccustomed to placing their autograph on a baseball with this practice having been observed many times. An incredible rarity and likely a singular opportunity. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Displays EX/MT ($10,000-$15,000) $15,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 143 Rare 1861 "Home Run Quick Step" baseball sheet music. Large 9 3/4"x12 3/4" sheet music with appealing color tinted engraving of a baseball game scene with two uniformed players on either side. Baseball equipment and floral decor surround the central image, titling at the bottom includes, "Respectfully Dedicated to the Members of the Mercantile Base Ball Club of Philadelphia". Cover is framed for display with visible area having mild age toning and scattered creasing/wear including several areas of surface loss. Appears professionally restored with several chips filled in and pencil writing removed from upper corner. Balance of the music interior pages (separated) displays with typical handling and age wear. One of the great early baseball related display pieces and very seldom offered: Cover displays VG ($2,500-$3,500) $1,925.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 144 1866 Beadle's Dime "Base-Ball Player" guide. Early guidebook with content including rules, rule changes, team rosters, statistics, and accounting of important games/players. Front cover hosts charming batsman graphic with several additional players in background. Moderate wear throughout with some discoloration, corner/edge wear, chipping and/or minimal creasing at corners, and several very small tears: VG-VG/EX ($400-$600) $550.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 145 1876 National League Constitution and Playing Rules. Important first edition printing of the rules adopted by the National League in 1876. These rules laid the foundation during their first year of existence and continue to govern Major League baseball to this day. Published by Reach and Johnson on particularly fragile paper stock with evident wear inclusive of corner/edge wear, chipping, and splitting and loss at binding. There is moisture discoloration throughout and a small pencil notation on front cover. Back cover is present but no longer affixed and several interior pages have small section clipped out: GD ($500-$1,000) $1,700.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 146 Baseball team tintype c.1890s. Appealing early amateur team image with visible equipment including workman+s style fielders gloves, pillow style catcher+s mitt, and ring decorated baseball bats. Measures approximately 2.5"x3.5" and comes housed in one half of period casing. Light surface wear/scratching: VG-EX ($500-$750) $475.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 146a Lot of (3) early baseball guides/publications c.1877-1889. Includes "Our Boys Base Ball Rules for 1877" (VG-VG/EX) remaining well preserved with toning throughout, general wear, and light vertical center fold; "Dewitt's Base Ball Guide for 1879" (GD) with general scattered wear, lower right corner front cover chip, missing back cover replaced with heavy stock, and tape re-enforced bound edge; and 1889 edition of "Chadwick's Base Ball Manual" (GD) with heavy age toning throughout and wear inclusive of chipping and several small tears: Range GD-VG/EX ($400-$600) $469.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 147 Lot of (2) baseball player tintypes c.1890s. Pair of 1/6th plate images (2.5"x3.5" each) of uniformed players incl. one standing holding ring decorated bat and another seated. Typical light to moderate surface wear/scratching with a touch of other wear. Includes portions of tooled metal housing in which one was stored (PR/GD): VG-EX ($250-$500) $350.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 148 Set of (6) c.1878 Forbes Co. baseball themed trade cards in framed display. Matched grouping of (6) early advertising trade cards, each featuring a different scene on front. Tastefully housed within vintage 16.5"x19.5" framed display with light evident toning/wear. We are unaware of method by which they are mounted and thus cannot assure possibility of removal: Overall EX display value with note to stated condition of cards ($250-$500) $215.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 149 1889 "Reuben Wood's Sons Mammoth Game and Sporting Good House" catalog. Early catalog being a compendium of information on period equipment from all sports. Cover boasts that they are "special jobbers+of Wright & Ditson" and "special stock house and shipping station of A.G. Spalding & Bros." Profusely illustrated with fair number of pages devoted to baseball. Light toning throughout with scattered light creasing/wear: EX ($250-$500) $125.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 150 Set of (9) c.1880s Cosack & Co. baseball themed trade cards in framed display. Complete set of colorfully illustrated advertising trade cards, each featuring a different scene on front. Tastefully housed within 24.75" square vintage picture frame, mounted to modern matting and arranged as though on field of play. Each card has clipped corners with varying degrees of mostly light edge/surface wear. Some, if not all, are slightly trimmed. We are unaware of method by which they are mounted and cannot assure possibility of removal: Overall EX display value with note to stated condition of cards ($250-$500) $175.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 151 1883 Philadelphia Athletics vs. Cincinnati Red Stockings scorecard. Original heavy stock fold over scorecard issued for game played at the Jefferson Street Grounds (Athletic Park). Scored neatly in pencil and identified as the game played on August 23, 1883. Mild consistent toning throughout with touch of wear at corners. Bound edge which is split at top and bottom has been reinforced with toned vintage tape. Highly visual front cover features game in action scene: VG ($300-$500) $350.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 152 Lot of (5) c.1880s Forbes Co. "Injury Series" baseball themed trade cards in framed display. Grouping of (5) early advertising trade cards missing only (1) to complete the series, each featuring a different scene on front. Tastefully housed within vintage 16.75"x22.5" framed display with light to moderate evident toning/wear. We are unaware of method by which they are mounted and cannot assure possibility of removal: Overall EX display value with note to stated condition of cards ($250-$500) $215.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 153 1888 "Base-Ball" book by John Montgomery Ward. First edition of Ward's important work which is titled in full, "Base-Ball How To Become A Player." Well preserved example with gilt lettered green colored covers displaying light wear which is a touch more pronounced at binding. Clean interior has expected age toning. Small handwritten pencil notation on first inside page: EX-EX/MT ($500-$750) $1,900.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 154 1888 A.J. Reach & Co. catalog. Early catalog as issued by the famed sporting goods producer featuring well illustrated cover with "Flinn & Breneman, Lancaster" reseller name printed on. Covers all period sports with profusely illustrated interior having a good number of pages devoted to baseball. Scattered wear including light toning, chipping at corners, several small tears, and more pronounced tear at lower right front. Hole through upper right retains original string as was meant to hang: VG-EX ($400-$600) $350.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 155 Lot of (4) early Reach and Spalding baseball guides c.1883-1892. Includes 1889 and 1892 editions of "Reach's Official Base Ball Guide" and 1883 and 1887 copies of Spalding's. Varying degrees of age toning and wear throughout with some chipping to corners/edges and several small tears. 1883 Reach guide has more pronounced loss at binding and some pencil notations on front: Range GD-VG ($600-$800) $500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 156 1889 New York Giants Championship Testimonial program. Rare original program for the October 28, 1889 "Grand Testimonial Concert and Presentation of Pennant" held in honor of the National League Champion New York Giants. Interior lists League wide season statistics and has vignette images of Giants players including Ewing, Keefe, Welsh, Connor, Ward, O'Rourke, and Manager Mutrie. Heavy stock front and back covers display light toning with all titling and gilt coloration intact. Wear at corners/edges is minimal. String binding has come loose (original string remains present) with several of the holes through which it would pass torn to the edge on interior, only (1) cover hole affected. Interior pages are generally clean with light consistent toning. Panoramic style fold out season win/loss chart (EX/MT-NM) remains affixed in back. Earlier the very same day the Giants had played the American Association Champion Brooklyn Bridegrooms in the eighth of what would be a nine games series to decide a World's Champion. It marked the first time New York clubs had squared off in the post-season and laid the groundwork for the great rivalries which would follow: VG-VG/EX ($2,000-$4,000) $1,300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 157 Rare "Home Run Cigarettes" advertising poster c.1910. Scarce color lithographic poster depicting a batter and catcher in full period baseball attire. Advertises "Home Run" brand cigarettes with unopened pack shown at bottom. One of only a handful of documented examples, the offered sign shows wear throughout inclusive of moisture toning/staining, strip of color loss at top, scattered general wear to central portion, and some tears/abrasions. One of the more desirable and attractive period baseball tobacco related displays retaining fine eye appeal. 12"x18" matted in a shadowbox style frame. Includes an original unopened package of Home Run cigarettes (later dating of 1921): GD-VG ($1,000-$2,000) $922.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 158 Delft porcelain baseball decorated beer stein c.1880-1890s. Lidded stein with baseball decorative scene in cobalt blue. Porcelain inlaid top featured University of Pennsylvania markings and according to family history it originated from the estate of the Pennsylvania coach in the period. Marked Delft, Germany on bottom, 7" tall with lithophane base depicting a Dutch scene when held to light: NM ($750-$1,500) $900.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 159 Heubach German bisque porcelain baseball figurine c.1880s. Attractive color tinted batter figurine with hand painted uniform and accents. Retains nearly all of the original surface coloration with light surface toning/soiling throughout. A few small imperfections include chip to hat (color filled in), thumb missing on upper hand, and very small surface fissure on leg. Bat is a replacement Impressed German manufacturer stampings "Geschuetzt-Gesetzlich" appear under the base. Seldom offered larger version stands 14" tall: EX-EX/MT ($500-$1,000) $526.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 160 Extremely rare Cy Young tobacco tin c.1910s. Scarce original tin for "Cy Young Mild Havana Blend" tobacco featuring a portrait image of Young as well as his facsimile signature. The design is repeated on either side, however due to wear it only remains visible on one side. Improper storage has lead to consistent heavy toning and surface discoloration throughout. Other wear is relatively light including several small dents. One of the great rarities within the tobacco tin field and one of the most desirable early player endorsed tobacco pieces extant: GD ($1,000-$2,000) $660.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 161 1897 "Louisville Rooters Club" baseball pin. Obscure celluloid stick pin inlaid onto a metal backing depicting an illustrative of an early baseball game scene. 1" in diameter with manufacturer+s stampings visible on the metal backing. Very desirable early pin with relation to the Louisville Colonels team which featured manager Fred Clarke, pitcher Rube Waddell, and a young outfielder by the name of Honus Wagner: EX ($500-$750) $550.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 162 Fan Taz baseball themed advertising sign c.1900-1910s. Original tin sign having emerald blue background with impressed white titling reading, "Drink Fan Taz, Drink Of The Fans, A Pennant Winner." Accented throughout with baseball motif. Measures just under 7"x20" with moderate scattered wear inclusive of some surface loss which is generally confined to edges and tack/mounting holes. Light soiling/discoloration to front; rust on back. Metal has taken on a touch of waviness and there are a few light "creases" and corner wrinkles. It appears that a small horizontal area at extreme lower edge may have been filled in with blue color at some point. Fan Taz is very well known within sports memorabilia circles as having produced a baseball themed syrup dispenser - using similar logo design- dating from roughly the same era as this piece which is regarded as one of the finest early figural displays ever created. While a number of the dispensers have surfaced and been sold over the years this sign remains exceedingly rare being the only example we have ever handled and one of only two that we can confirm to exist: VG-VG/EX ($3,000-$5,000) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 163 Baseball player folk art figure c.1910-1920s. Charming hand carved figural player in uniform with gloved hand and baseball in other. Stands approximately 10.25" tall retaining a good portion of its original paint with exceptional surface and patination. One arm and the other hand have light seams and it is not apparent if this is the result of production or repaired cracks. Small chip to nose. Highly visual and having outstanding folk art qualities: VG-EX ($1,500-$2,500) $1,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 164 1889 baseball game. Folk art wooden table top style pinball game with color lithographic paper playing field. General surface wear including some cracking to the paper surface and chipping to wooden perimeter. 19" tall: VG ($300-$500) $317.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 165 Baseball chalkware figural statue c.1907. Large 22" tall figural pitcher retains the majority of its original bronze wash paint and attractive original surface. The figure is signed with a stamped impression on the back of the base, "The American ? Co., Philadelphia Pa" with date of "1907." Remains in fine condition overall with some scattered small chipping primarily to the base. While not formally identified, the statue resembles the distinct pose commonly associated with Christy Mathewson. One of only a handful we have encountered, likely the result of construction from exceedingly fragile material: EX ($2,000-$3,000) $2,800.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 166 "League Base Ball Game" board/pieces in original box c.1910s. Early game board with raised platform construction allowing for spring loaded bat to hit small ball through a series of channels to arrive at result. Retains original player pieces (9 each of red and blue), pair of balls, and several unused scoring sheets. Board/pieces display light to moderate toning and wear. Colorfully illustrated box lid has areas of significant surface loss, soiling/discoloration, and side flaps are not longer affixed: Board/pieces VG-EX/MT, Box GD with note to description ($500-$750) $450.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 167 "The College Base Ball" game by Parker Bros. c.1910. Period baseball board game features a handsome color lithographic lid depicting a baseball scene. Interior playing field remains clean overall retaining its original wooden player pieces, die, and die container. Missing one side apron to the box lid: VG-EX ($750-$1,000) $450.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 168 1887 "Our National Ball Game" baseball board game. Color lithographic game board with players and baseball decor including crossed bat and ball design with U.S. flag. Small "Spalding" baseball shaped logo is visible as well. Board has some typical light separation at the center fold line and is framed: EX ($400-$600) $524.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 169 1900 Brooklyn Superbas vs. Pittsburgh Pirates scorecard. Original foldover scorecard issued for game played at Washington Park. Scored neatly in pencil for game played September 6th with additional notation on front relaying the score as "Pittsburgh 9, Brooklyn 2." The Superbas, managed by Ned Hanlon and featuring Willie Keeler, Hugh Jennings, and Joe Kelly, would go one to edge the Pirates and finish first in the National League. Honus Wagner was enjoying his first of what would become (17) seasons in Pittsburgh alongside Fred Clarke and Rube Waddell. Scattered wear at corners/edges with moderate discoloration throughout: VG-EX ($400-$600) $822.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 170 "A History of the Boston Base Ball Club 1871-1897" book by George Touhey. Early work chronicling the history of the Boston club from the time of inception of the National Association, through creation of the National League, and ending in 1897 year of publication. Highly detailed and profusely illustrated. General exterior handling wear with loss to cloth material at corners. Gilt lettering on front remains near fully intact. Interior has largely separated from binding reaming affixed but only at back. First page or two is missing. General toning and edge wear to interior: GD-VG ($400-$600) $250.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 171 1912 "Casey at the Bat" book by Phineas Thayer. Desirable first hard cover edition of the legendary baseball tale features a baseball themed decorative cover and interior color tinted illustrative plates. Clean example with some general exterior handling wear and a hint of discoloration. Small pencil notation on first inside page: EX ($400-$600) $2,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 172 "Big Six" original pen and ink artwork c.1913. Very well executed original India ink drawing titled "Big Six" at lower left and signed by the artist "Raymond Writeman 1913." Depicts pitcher in follow through with ball in hand. Obvious reference to Christy Mathewson further re-enforced by the "N" on hat; Mathewson was then a member of the New York Giants. Mild age toning. Housed in distressed frame giving period appearance and measures 11"x21" overall: EX ($250-$500) $600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 173 1915 Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox scorecard (Ruth and Jackson). Original foldover scorecard issued for game played at Fenway Park. Babe Ruth is listed within the Red Sox reserve players and Joe Jackson took the field for Chicago; seemingly ironic in that Jackson would soon rock the game with scandal and Ruth would all but revive it with the American public. Wear throughout including creasing/fold lines, several small tears, and light age toning. Scored neatly in pencil with additional year notation on front cover: GD/VG ($300-$500) $650.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 174 "Reach Basemen's Mitts" advertising poster c.1910s. Striking early advertising display featuring a large gloved hand at top with base runner below. Titled at lower left, "Reach Basemen's Mitts smother 'em at first." Measures approximately 16"x20" on heavy stock with front displaying light consistent age toning with some scattered spotting and a handful of small surface abrasions. Mostly minor wear at corner/edges with a touch of chipping at lower right which also has half dollar sized tear. Several light creases at places throughout do not break surface with one being slightly more accentuated. Housed in vintage frame for display. Please note - back has vintage tape applied at edges and displays more wear than front: EX or better display value with note to stated condition ($2,000-$3,000) $2,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 175 Frank Baker decal miniature baseball bat c.1910-1915. Well preserved 13.75" long Louisville Slugger "40FB" model bat with an original color decal of Frank Baker on the barrel end. The decal remains approximately 95% intact with some minimal chipping: EX/MT-NM ($1,500-$2,500) $1,400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 176 Early 1910s Eddie Collins Louisville Slugger full sized professional quality decal bat. Very fine quality hand turned Louisville Slugger dash dot dash model bat measures 34" long and weighs 35oz. Barrel end displays light scattered use/wear and retains approximately 60% of the factory applied decal. Although not used by Collins, the bat (without decal) is identical to those used by Major League players during the era: Bat: EX-EX/MT, Decal: VG-VG/EX ($400-$600) $2,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 177 Reach baseman's mitt advertising display c.1910s. Heavy stock advertising card offers striking visuals with vibrant coloration to player sliding into base scene and large mitt background. Titled at lower edge, "Reach First Basemen's Mitt" with that pictured identified as "The Hinge Model." Light toning and moderate scattered wear inclusive of corner/edge wear several small surface creases (isolated to corners) and chip to lower left. Pair of eyelets at top allowed for period display. 8"x11" Sign, framed to 15.5"x18.5" for display: VG-VG/EX ($1,500-$2,000) $1,300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 178 Harry Gowdy sheet of (4) unused bat decals c.1910s. Series of (4) identical unused decals as would have been applied to mini-bats in the period. Light toning/wrinkling with no other mentionable wear: EX ($200-$400) $220.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 179 Hillerich & Bradsby "Professional" model decal bat c.1915. Full sized 32.75" bat features early H&B "Pennant Winner" centerbrand. "Professional" decal on barrel remaining approximately 80% intact with some surface wear. Bat retains fine oil finish surface with light to moderate scattered wear. Knob end has "V" carved in: EX ($250-$500) $275.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 180 Louisville Slugger advertising display "Commemorating Baseball's 100th Anniversary" c.1939. Large format period piece featuring the H&B centerbrand logo over a pair of crossed bats, titled above in garland style. Text is related to "Selecting The Proper Length Bat" and the perimeter is ringed by player vignettes with each having a short paragraph below relaying the specifications used. Those pictured include (18) Hall of Famers with Foxx, Gehrig, Ruth, Hornsby, Wagner, Keeler, Anson, Cobb, and Lajoie. Edge wear includes chipping and mostly light creasing, more pronounced tear at upper left, and rounded corners. Central portion has moderate wear with a few scuffs/areas of scuffing and consistent muted toning. Measures 22.25"x28.25" and is displayed within a larger matting to which it has been affixed (partially separated at top with some resulting damage): Displays VG ($1,000-$2,000) $800.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 181 George Sisler Louisville Slugger advertising display c.1920s. Partial store display featuring a baseball player likeness with Slugger advertising billboard in background. Titling within lower border reads "(He)re's You Louisville Slugger (G)eorge Sisler uses no other." Left edge loss has removed the first letter(s) of both lines. Remaining sign has been framed to 13.25"x23.25" and displays light surface wear to right hand side: VG-EX ($200-$400) $850.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 182 Christy Mathewson Tuxedo Tobacco trolley card advertising sign c.1910. Breathtaking display piece ranks as one the most desirable player endorsed advertisements ever produced. Heavy stock 11"x21" sign has "Christy Mathewson" titling at top and his endorsement and facsimile signature below. A lifelike portrait appears on the right hand side. Remains in original "as found" condition with some light chipping to extreme edges of full bleed red borders. Two corners of left edge have semi-circle surface creases which are confined to the red area. Central portion remains very well preserved with a handful of minute imperfections mentioned for the sake of accuracy, all being pinhead sized and majority are likely printing flaws rather than condition issues. A light "haze" or discoloration throughout could likely be reversed through use of a professional restoration company. Back has mild scattered toning with 4" strip of archival linen hinging tape from prior mounting which can be removed if so desired. The piece retains its original vibrant coloration and remains what is surely one of the nicest condition all-original examples to come to market. Our consignor was involved in the original small "find" of Tuxedo signs some years back and retained this copy for his personal collection: EX/MT ($10,000-$20,000) $14,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 184 Winchester baseball equipment advertising display c.1915-1920. Large format 18"x39" cardboard display titled "Winchester" at top featuring color images of their line of baseballs and bats. Opposite side advertising their branded fishing tackle. Clean example with light age toning and the slightest hint of soiling has a crease to each of (3) corners with those at lower two breaking the surface. Generally clean example has been framed for display (both sides visible). : EX-EX/MT ($1,000-$1,500) $1,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 185 Winchester model baseball bat c.1910-1920. Winchester brand bat with moderate scattered wear, ink in centerbrand, and pair of holes drilled on one side: VG-EX ($300-$400) $175.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 186 Schmelzer model baseball bat with ball shaped knob termination c.1910. Full size 33 1/2" bat features "Schmelzer" brand logo stampings at centerbrand area and end of barrel. Bat features an uncommon ball shaped termination to the knob in a similar, but less pronounced, fashion to the Louisville Slugger "Ball Balanced" baseball bats of the same period. The bat shows evident use including areas of grain swelling to the surface, surface crack to back of barrel, and an elongated 6" area of chipping to the back of barrel area: VG ($500-$750) $545.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 187 Pair of "Famous Biscuit" baseball themed advertising fans c.1910s. Early circular color lithographed fans, each having advertising backs with different game action scenes/scorecards on front. General wear inclusive of toning/creasing and (1) has pencil notation on back: VG-EX ($250-$500) $400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 188 Rare "Spalding's Baseballs" display box c.1909. Large lidded box was likely intended for use as a salesman's sample or counter-top store display. Measures 13" square with exterior having subtle repeating "Spalding" branded design. Interior box lid advertises "Spalding's Baseballs Complete 1909 Line" with (14) different variations depicted. Light to moderate scattered wear with touch of surface loss at exterior seams, some subtle exterior discoloration and interior age toning, and imperfections to interior graphic at (2) areas. Tape hinged seam remains 90% intact. Choice period display piece and the only example which we have seen: Overall EX with graphic displaying at far greater level ($1,000-$2,000) $2,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 189 Spalding ring decorated baseball bat c.1880-1900. 36" Long bat with Spalding ball shaped centerbrand logo with "No.1" model designation having two sets of dual ring decoration on either side. Heavy use/wear throughout including areas of surface loss, chipping, heavily scored section of hitting surface, and repaired handle crack with toned area: GD ($300-$500) $375.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 190 Unopened Reach Ban Johnson Official American League baseball in box c.1910s. Rare Official American League Ban Johnson baseball by Reach, sealed within the original factory box which retains full and unbroken outer strip of branded paper. Mild consistent age toning with a touch of scattered wear including split/rip at one corner and one minute tear to paper band. The first Johnson ball we have sold at auction remaining sealed in box: EX/MT ($1,500-$2,500) $2,700.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 191 Spalding Official National League baseballs store display box c.1920s. Heavy cardboard stock box as would have held one dozen ONL balls during the tenure of John Heydler. Colorfully illustrated throughout. Heavy wear with splitting at seams, chipping, and scattered tears. Many areas have been re-enforced with scotch tape and there are a pair of address labels affixed to top. Despite noted condition issues to box retains fine display qualities and is of noted rarity: GD ($400-$600) $600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 192 High Grade late 1920s John Heydler Official National League baseball with original box. Well preserved red and black stitched baseball displaying bold League and manufacturer's stampings with "John A. Heydler" facsimile signature on side panel. Light even surface toning with just a touch of incidental wear. Includes the original box which has some splitting at seams and scattered small tears with a small surface blemish to one side. Ideal pairing for display: Ball EX/MT, Box VG/EX-EX ($500-$750) $675.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 193 High Grade Reach Official American League baseball c.1910s. Very well preserved red and blue stitched baseball displaying bold League and manufacturer's stampings. Light even surface toning with little to no mentionable wear. Includes the original box which has areas of loss and splitting. Highly uncommon at this level of condition: Ball EX/MT-NM ($750-$1,000) $2,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 194 Ford Frick NL baseball with box c.1940s. Unused Frick NL ball exhibits light age toning and includes an original Spalding Frick NL ball box: Ball: EX/MT-NM, Box: VG-EX ($250-$500) $150.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 195 "Ty Cobb Brand" tennis racquet in original branded carry bag c.1920s. Early wooden racquet retaining well preserved "Ty Cobb Brand W.B. Jarvis" decal at center. Housed in original period canvas carrying bag which has cloth tag of similar design. Moderate evident wear with ring of tape at handle end and darkened area where additional ring was likely present. Partially strung although what remains is dry and brittle having cracked/separated at many areas throughout. Bag has a hint of consistent discoloration with some additional scattered soiling and several small tears and areas of fraying: Overall EX ($500-$750) $300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 196 George Wright's Hall of Fame plaque frame. Original wooden frame which once housed George Wright's bronze Hall of Fame plaque. Mahogany wooden frame with classical columnar design measures 24" tall retaining its original brass appointments at top and bottom. "George Wright" written in period pencil notation on the backboard in identical fashion to several other player examples that have entered the marketplace previously. These wooden frames were removed from use at the Hall of Fame during renovations many years ago and serve as an interesting and desirable display item. Includes several George Wright postcards and an Artvue postcard picturing interior of the Hall of Fame in the 1930s with the wooden frames on display: EX ($1,000-$1,500) $1,400.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 197 Rare Louisville Slugger baseball bat display rack c.1920s. Rare original A-frame store display bat rack stands an impressive 63" tall with ability to hold (18) per side. All original wooden marquis sign at top reads "Louisville Slugger Base Ball Bats." Body of the display retains desirable original surface with a touch of light scattered wear and includes (6) of its original (72) wooden bat display pegs. One side of marquis has wear affecting an area. Stands slightly askew with some moderate warping: EX ($2,000-$4,000) $2,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 199 Ken-Wel Sporting Goods advertising poster c.1920-1930s. Appealing large format advertising display featuring a batter set against yellow background with players/spectators at his feet and "Ken-Wel" company name lettered in large font at side. Batter bears resemblance to Lou Gehrig who was an endorsee of Ken-Wel brand gloves. Bottom portion has company logo and "Play Ball! We specialize in quality Baseball Supplies" titling. Offers fine display qualities with majority of wear coming in the form of horizontal creasing at middle and strip of moderate toning at top. Visible area measures 12.5"x20.5", framed to 23"x30" overall. Vintage frame has some paint loss: Apparent EX with far greater display value ($1,000-$2,000) $850.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 200 Chesterfield Cigarettes baseball themed advertising display c.1930-1940s. Charming period window display featuring a batter in follow through with "A hit!" titling and "Chesterfield Cigarettes" company identifier below. Visible area measures 7.5"x17.5" with light evident wear inclusive of very light isolated surface wrinkling, upper corner creases, and a small tear just off center. Tastefully displayed in a vintage picture frame and measuring 13.5"x23.5" overall: EX-EX/MT ($300-$500) $250.00
 
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