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Back Items For The Auction of April 12, 2014  
 
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See a Picture of this Item 301 Early baseball in Boston related photography c.1910s, lot of (4) glass plate negatives. Includes fine image of a capacity crowd at Fenway Park with large advertising billboard for "Baseball Magazine" visible c.1914; shot of a large spectator group which is headed to the 1912 World Series (as noted on envelope); view of stands filled with spectators which is identified as having been taken on September 18, 1915 as the Red Sox played the Tigers; and scene of game in play with top hat wearing fans filling the stands at what is believed to be the South End Grounds. Touch of incidental wear and a hint of very mild toning throughout. Includes letter of provenance from the Brearley Family: EX-EX/MT ($500-$750) $350.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 302 1907 Boston Doves Opening Day vs. Brooklyn Superbas, large format glass plate negative. Exceedingly rare early view can be dated through the black bow observed over team logo on jersey of the batter. This was worn for the April 12th game in honor of Cozy Dolan who succumbed to Typhoid Fever just a few days prior. General wear throughout with some very small flaws in central portion and slightly more pronounced loss at edges. Approximately 5"x7". Includes letter of provenance from the Brearley Family: VG ($500-$750) $1,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 303 1906 Boston Americans and New York Highlanders season opener at Huntington Ave. Baseball Grounds, (2) large format glass plate negatives. Exceedingly rare early views of baseball played at the professional level. The Boston American and New York Highlanders are shown walking the field shoulder to shoulder and standing together during the 1906 season opener in Boston. Identified in period handwriting above the players. General wear throughout with some very small flaws in central portion and more pronounced loss at edges. Both can still be developed to great effect. Approximately 5"x7". Includes letter of provenance from the Brearley Family: GD-VG ($750-$1,000) $2,200.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 304 1906 Boston Americans and New York Highlanders season opener at Huntington Ave. Baseball Grounds, large format glass plate negative. Exceedingly rare early view of the Americans and Highlanders walking the field during the 1906 season opener in Boston. Identified in period handwriting above the players. General wear throughout with some very small flaws in central portion and slightly more pronounced loss at edges. Approximately 5"x7". Includes letter of provenance from the Brearley Family: VG ($750-$1,000) $1,900.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 305 1918 World Series Game 3 ticket stub. Original stub issued for the game played at Comiskey Park in which Boston won over Chicago (2-1). The Red Sox would go on to win in (6) taking home their last World Championship before a drought which stretched (86) years before their 2004 season ended victoriously. Displays very well with some light surface wrinkling noticeable upon close inspection. Rare stub with this being the first we have handled in some time: Displays EX ($2,000-$2,500) $1,300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 305a Rare early Fenway Park seat c.1910s-1930s (autographed by numerous Red Sox Legends). Desirable and seldom offered example dating the era which pre-dates the 1934 renovation of Fenway Park is one of a select number which we have offered in over (20) years. Displays the majority of it’s original green painted surface and remains free standing with typical/expected wear (some loss/pitting/rust) which is consistent with long term outdoor use. The back slats have been autographed by (12) Red Sox Alumni incl. Yastrzemski, Fisk, Tiant, Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, Lonborg, Evans, Lynn, Rice, and Dick Williams. All have added career relevant inscriptions and Doerr and DiMaggio have signed their full names. Marker signatures rate 7-8/9 out of 10 (with note to inherent difficulty of applying marker to some areas of the surface). Includes auction LOA from JSA: EX ($3,000-$5,000) $3,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 306 1918 Boston Red Sox Grand Stand pass. Original pass with prominent "Boston American League Base Ball Club Fenway Park" titling would have entitled the bearer attendance within the Grand Stand area of the fabled venue during one of it's earliest seasons in use. Unused, in essentially in "as issued" condition, and tastefully displayed in 12.25"x14.5" frame: Apparent NM ($750-$1,000) $1,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 307 Unique Boston Red Sox Legends autographed baseball with Babe Ruth c.1930s Red and blue stitched Reach E.S.Barnard OAL baseball hosts a total of (31) signatures highlighted by (12) Hall of Famers. Notables include Babe Ruth and Frank Baker (sharing the sweetspot), Herb Pennock, Harry Hooper, Joe Wood, Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Lou Gehrig, G.C. Alexander, Jimmie Foxx, Ed Walsh, Tris Speaker, Chief Bender, Bob Meusel, Chick Shorten, and Jack Onslow. Period fountain pen signature run a full range of approximately (2) through (7/8) out of (10) with most of the bigger names being at minimum well defined (Alexander and Baker fall at lower end of stated range; Cy Young the strongest at around 7/8). Ball displays mild even toning with some light scattered wear. Highly unusual assemblage traces origin to a former Fenway Park employee who had the ball signed at numerous times throughout the early 1930s. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Ball EX, Sigs. GD-EX/MT ($4,000-$6,000) $3,422.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 308 Duffy Lewis Major League Baseball Lifetime Pass c.1930s. Desirable silver plated presentational piece as issued "in appreciation of long and meritorious service" to the game of baseball. Rectangular pass measures 2.75"x4.25" with ornate design and raised titling/lettering throughout front along with facsimile signatures of League Presidents Harridge and Frick. "Duffy Lewis" is engraved at center. Marked "Lambert Bros." on back and comes housed in original leather holder which also has Lewis' name impressed. Generally clean with a touch of light wear. Lewis, along with Harry Hooper and Tris Speaker, helped form the Boston Red Sox "million dollar outfield" and was a hitting threat often finishing within the top (10) in offensive categories. He was a member of the World Series Champion teams of 1912, 1915, and 1916: Pass EX/MT, Holder EX ($3,000-$5,000) $2,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 309 1918 Boston Red Sox team photograph. Desirable period original showing the championship team with a young Babe Ruth. "Underwood & Underwood" wire service stamping on back along with "Received Aug 31 1918" date stamp. Tastefully display within 13"x16" double glazed frame with touch of light wear visible to front (slightly more pronounced scattered toning on back): Apparent EX-EX/MT ($4,000-$6,000) $4,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 310 1901 Boston Sunday Post "Opening of the Baseball Season" front page. Oversized cartoon decorated front page to the "Boston Sunday Post Funny Paper" with the impending baseball season as subject. Visually appealing with bright coloration displayed throughout and a touch of toning and light wear. Framed to 22"x27.25" overall: EX ($400-$600) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 311 Rare 1912 Boston Red Sox "Champions" pillow top by Wright & Ditson. Magnificent period display piece with "Red Sox Champions 1912" titling has "Wright & Ditson" mark imprinted at bottom. Illustrated throughout with panoramic team photo and images of key players including Tris Speaker, Jake Stahl, Heine Wager, Bill Carrigan, and Joe Wood. Condition is exceptional with only a touch of light/mild toning and a series of small holes from mounting visible. The printed portions/imagery remain fully intact. Tastefully framed for display in fine gallery style (27.5"x30"): EX-EX/MT ($5,000-$7,500) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 312 "Million Dollar Outfield" c.1912. Definitive period photograph of the Red Sox fabled trio of Harry Hooper, Tris Speaker, and Duffy Lewis. Displays exceptional composition with little visible mentionable wear. Tastefully framed for display to 13"x16": Apparent EX/MT ($500-$1,000) $1,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 313 Extremely rare Boston Red Sox pennant c.1910s. Large red felt pennant (35" long) having screened on "Boston" titling within a baseball bat illustration and colorized batsman in follow through. Two-color tassels remain affixed at left edge. Displays limited wear relative to age with some very mild pitting and a touch of other light wear. Beautifully framed in gallery style to 17"x50.5" overall: EX/MT ($2,000-$4,000) $3,200.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 314 Kid Nichols' scrapbook. Hardcover scrapbook with "Kid Charles Nichols" gilt lettered at lower right front has all interior pages covered in c.1920s-1940s era newspaper clippings/articles. Most are of relation to his career with a few other subjects/individuals included. He has, at numerous places throughout, made small fountain pen/pencil notations (mostly dates/names of publications). Light wear. Includes auction LOA from JSA (handwriting): Overall EX ($300-$500) $800.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 315 Kid Nichol's 1952 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction invitation and pass with autographed envelope and other material. Includes invitation to the July 21, 1952 Induction Ceremonies for Harry Heilman and Paul Waner; original mailing envelope (addressed to Nichols) which has been signed on the back, "Charles A. Nichols" in ink rating 7/8 out of 10 (mild toning and scattered wear with some tear to flap); and "Guest Admission" paper stock credit card sized pass from same year (Nichol's name typed in). Balance comprised of Hall related material as kept by Nichols and/or his descendants featuring several publications, postcards (several black and white HOF cards of other players and 1942 postmarked card sent to Nichols), Hall of Fame Game scorecards, a few pieces of correspondence, etc. Varying degrees of wear throughout. Includes auction LOA from JSA: EX-NM ($750-$1,000) $1,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 316 1939 All-Star Game program scored by Kid Nichols and his 1931 World Series Game (7) ticket stub. Original multi-page program issued for the game played at Yankee Stadium was the personal copy of Kid Nichols whom has block lettered printed (in his typical style), "All Star Game July 11th 1939" on the front cover. In addition, he kept a neat and concise game score in pencil on the scorecard pages and added some addition notes in fountain pen. Overall a very sharp example with minor scattered wear essentially limited to some faint creases and small tear to one upper back corner and a very faint vertical center fold. Includes auction LOA from JSA attesting to handwriting: Very strong EX/MT-NM; Original ticket stub issued for game played in St. Louis having light wear visible from front and some paper loss on back: VG ($500-$750) $424.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 317 1951 Ford Frick letters to Kid Nichols (3). Trio of letters as sent to Kid Nichols in 1951 and signed by Ford Frick in ink (rating 7/8 to 9 out of 10. Typical mailing folds with limited wear otherwise and the top portion of (1) has been neatly trimmed off. Includes an original envelope on which Nichols has made several notes regarding Bobby Lowe. Includes auction LOA from JSA (handwriting): Letters EX/MT, Envelope VG ($300-$500) $300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 318 Kid Nichols c.1940s photographs with one autographed on back (block letter printed signature). Includes matte finish 8"x10" studio portrait on heavy stock (EX/MT-NM); glossy studio portrait (some discoloration to emulsion on front) on the back of which he has written his name "Charles Kid Nichols" in block letter print done in fountain pen (8 to 8/9 out of 10); sepia toned print on heavy stock of his Wisconsin Hall of Fame Plaque with related letter of transmittal (Nichols began to sign it at lower edge, "With Sincere", the second word has smudged); composite collage which shows the Jenny Wren Bowling Team; and additional group photo in which he can been. Mostly 8"x10" with one smaller, varying degrees of generally very light toning/wear: EX-NM ($1,000-$1,500) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 319 Letters and correspondence to Kid Nichols c.1930s-1950s. Includes 1939 letter from the Treasurer of Boston; 1951 postmarked envelope addressed to Nichols with typed summation/letter regarding the Players/Brotherhood League; additional envelope/letter to Nichols which is a two page story; 1952 letter from the Treasury of Wisconsin; 1952 typed letter (secretarially signed by several former ball players) on "Ballplayers of Yesterday Association" letterhead; and 1953 dated letter from the Philadelphia Phillies. Also includes typed "Hall of Fame Civic Luncheon" handout. ($300-$500) $225.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 320 Assorted ephemera from the Kid Nichols collection. Interesting mix of material as retained by Kid Nichols post-career including publications ("Earl Foster's Baseball Hand Book", "Gene Mack's Hall of Fame Cartoons", and "Baseball Centennial...Detroit"); several newspaper clippings; 1951 dated Polo Grounds postcard sent to Nichols; 1951 Sportswriters dinner program; several typed information/summation sheets as related to either Nichols career or baseball in general; envelope addressed to Nichols containing several premiums; and pair of large format 12.75"x15.25" 1955 KC As team photos. Also includes a pair of 1960 All-Star Game ticket stubs as retained by the family. Varying degrees of wear throughout: GD-EX/MT ($300-$500) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 321 Kid Nichols' scored June 19, 1949 Yankees vs. Indians scorecard. Original scorecard as issued for game played at Yankee Stadium has been neatly scored in pencil in the hand of Kid Nichols with noteworthy attention to detail. Very strong condition overall with minimal wear and an extremely light vertical fold down center. Includes auction LOA from JSA (handwriting) ($250-$500) $110.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 322 Assorted ephemera and photography from the Kid Nichols collection c.1900s-1940s. Includes portions of a 1904 St. Louis Cardinals Sporting Life team composite which are mounted to scrapbook page; (25) late 1910s legal sized contracts (unused) as relate to the "Kid Nichols Electrical Base Ball Score Board" which he had devised and was marketing; early typed biography and listing of career stats; (2) photographs of Nichols in later years (one throwing a game opening pitch from the stands); additional photo of a Nichols related "Hall of Fame" display; (2) c.1910s baseball player real photo postcards (not showing Nichols); 1949 "Kid Nichols Day" souvenir paper handout; and several typewritten pages related to baseball in the 1880s-90s. Varying degrees of wear throughout: GD-EX/MT ($500-$750) $375.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 323 1904 Jack Taylor pitching record. Pair of 8.5"x12" formatted sheets on which the season record of Cardinals (20) game winner. Identifier appears at the top of each sheet with meticulous notations throughout and a summation at center of page (2). Light wear is limited to some very small tears/chips at edges and typical fold lines. Includes c.1890s sepia toned photograph of Nichols in street clothes which shows toning and some wear (mostly near face) on trimmed mount: Photo GD/VG, Sheets EX/MT (Inconclusive as to whether this was written in Nichols hand; does not include JSA LOA.) ($500-$750) $300.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 324 Lot of (2) Kid Nichols cabinet cards c.1890s. Pair of 4.25"x6.25" studio portraits, each mounted to cabinet backing with one marked, "Holcombe and Metzen Detroit" and the other, "G. Waldon Smith." Black bordered example has touch of very limited wear, the other has some scattered spotting/discoloration which does not largely effect the image: Graded (SGC 35 GD+) and (SGC 60 EX) ($500-$1,000) $1,200.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 325 "Kid Nichols Team" real photo postcards and photographs c.1910s (7 pieces). Fine selection of photographic pieces as relates to the team formed and managed by Nichols which wore his name on their uniforms includes (5) real photo postcards showing players; sepia toned 8.5"x10.75" studio team photograph in which Nichols is standing at center of back row. Small handwritten card, not necessarily written by Nichols, has notations listing those shown; and cabinet mounted 6"x8" sepia toned photo (10"x12" mount) showing Nichols in uniform with several players. A small business card is affixed with the year 1911 listed along with player names. Cabinet mounted image has some damage, other pieces have light/mild age toning and touch of incidental wear. Includes auction LOA from JSA (handwriting): VG and EX-EX/MT ($500-$750) $550.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 326 Vintage Joe Tinker photograph c.1907-1910s. Period image of Tinker shown in a rarely seen uniform style as worn by the Chicago Cubs during the 1907 World Series. Printed on high quality stock with raised "C.F.Gairing & Co+Chicago" seal at lower right. Trimmed at edges (currently measuring 7"x9.5") with a touch of silvering/discoloration and a hint of wear: EX-EX/MT ($400-$600) $500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 327 Fine Charles "Kid" Nichols autographed photograph. Choice 8"x10" black and white photographic print on high quality stock is based on an original by Chickering. Signed at lower left front, "To my Grandson, Charles Kid Nichols" in vintage fountain pen rating 7 to 7/8 out of 10. Image has a hint of light wear mentioned for accuracy which has no meaningful effect on display. Deceptively scarce is this highly desirable format with substantive signed photographs very seldom offered. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Overall EX/MT ($2,000-$4,000) $3,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 328 Lot of (5) Kansas City Baseball Club passes c.1930s. Group of passes as issued to Nichols family member Harlan Everett includes celluloid versions from 1930 and 1931; dated 1932 heavy paper stock pass; and (2) additional which are from the period but year is not specified. Typical age toning/discoloration and light wear with exception of mounting residue on backs: Overall EX ($250-$500) $225.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 329 Fine 1922 "Old Timers Day" at Braves Field panoramic photograph by Carl Horner. Enormous sepia toned photograph is captioned at center, "Old Time Baseball Players+Braves Field+Boston, Mass+Sept 11, 1922." Pictured are a host of players, presumably all retired, with notables among them including Cy Young, Nap Lajoie, Kid Nichols, Jesse Burkett, Johnny Evers, and Jack Chesbro. "Carl Horner" studio mark imprinted at lower right corner. Can be displayed to great effect with the most severe flaw (a taped over tear to lower right hand portion) the only major condition issue which could not be largely hidden from view behind matting. Otherwise, there is some general light corner/edge wear and light even toning. 43"x9.5" framed. Highly desirable Boston baseball related panoramic image originating from the personal collection of a participating Hall of Fame member: Overall EX ($2,000-$4,000) $1,900.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 330 Kid Nichols autographed photograph (block letter printed) with (3) additional photos. Includes 11"x14" group photo of gathering of Hall of Famers (and a few select others), signed within upper portion "2/3/51 Charley - Thanks for having me on the team - Toots" by Toots Shor. Signature rates 8 to 8/9 out of 10, photo has wear and some tears; 8"x10" photo taken at the same event and showing a close-up of some attendees. Kid Nichols has block letter printed the names of each person shown including himself (thus leaving a print name autograph). Touch of light wear, handwriting rates 5 to 6/7 out of 10; choice 11"x14" photograph of Connie Mack ("Connie Mack" fountain pen signature on front, 9 out of 10); and panoramic 8"x18.5" taken at a 1939 Old-Timers dinner in Boston with those shown including Nichols and Walter Johnson. Rolled and in fine condition overall with a touch of light toning. Includes auction LOA from JSA (handwriting): VG-EX/MT ($1,000-$1,500) $700.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 331 1915 Charles "Kid" Nichols signed Missouri Valley College Athletic Association contract. Two page agreement whereby Nichols agreed to tender his services as a coach from March to June of 1915. Signed on the second page, "Charles A. Nichols" in period fountain pen rating 8 out of 10 with numerous League and school officials above. Light toning with typical (faint) fold lines and a touch of corner/edge wear. Nichols went on to manage the team through the 1915 and 1916 seasons. Very rare in this format and one of the earliest signed pieces we have seen or handled. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Contract EX/MT, Sig. NM ($1,500-$2,500) $1,200.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 332 Kid Nichols' personal 1889 "Athletics Sports" book and 1905 Spalding Baseball Guide. Well traveled leather bound edition of the 1905 Spalding Guide has "Charles Nichols" gilt lettered on the front cover and it appears he had written "wrong picture" next to what is supposed to be his image on the inside. Wear throughout with loss/chipping to covers (which have tape applied to bound edge) and wrinkling and corner/edge wear to interior pages. It appears that some additional damage may be the result of some moisture exposure; hard cover edition of "Athletic Sports in America, England, and Australia" showing considerable wear with separating covers, some rips/tears (outside and in) and possibly some missing interior pages. Nichols has made two small ink notations on at least one interior page: PR-PR/GD ($300-$500) $350.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 333 Early St. Louis Cardinal photograph album c.1904. Incredible grouping of early photography likely taken in Spring Training of 1904 includes a total of (33) images ranging in size (approx. 2.5"x5" to 6.5"x4.5" with one larger) and mounted to pages from a string bound album. Includes both individual player shots and small groups such as Kid Nichols and Jake Beckely. Most notable is Beckley who, having just joined the team, can be seen in his Cincinnati Reds uniform in two photographs; one being an exceptional shot of him posed with bat. Album (7"x10", string no longer intact) displays very light wear as do the interior pages, photos are all neatly trimmed with very few having any mentionable defects beyond light/mild toning. Affixed to one page inside is a handwritten accounting of the team's roster as prepared by Nichols' daughter: EX ($2,000-$4,000) $3,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 334 Early St. Louis Cardinals photograph c.1904. Rare early image showcasing a number of Cardinals players. Likely taken in Spring Training it appears that Jake Beckley is seated at left end of the front row, still wearing his Cincinnati Reds uniform having just joined the team. Mild silvering mostly affecting the edges which has some light evident wear and a few creases. Trimmed at edges (6.75"x9.5") with some mounting residue on verso: EX ($1,000-$2,000) $750.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 336 1909 Charles "Kid" Nichols signed lease agreement. Multi-page legal sized document as executed in January of 1909 has been signed in period fountain pen, "Charles A. Nichols" rating 8/9 out of 10. Light toning with a hint of wear to pages (more wear/small tears/stains to outer cover sheet) and typical fold lines from storage. Agreement covered his use of a bowling hall from 1909 to 1912. One of if not the earliest documented Nichols signatures we have ever offered. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Contract EX, Sig. NM ($1,500-$2,500) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 337 Kid Nichols and the 1895 Kansas City Championship bowling team photograph with other c.1930s bowling material. Includes photograph of the 1895 Kansas City Championship bowling team with Nichols; small enameled metal charm on ribbon which is engraved on back, "Kid Nichols High 30 1931-32"; 1939 dated letter to Nichols on attractive "Pal-Mor" stationery; numerous bowling related photographs, a portion of which include Nichols himself. Most have been mounted to a pair of period scrapbook pages and Nichols has handwritten a date on two and a caption on another (caption includes block letter printed "Nichols" last name as part of the text). Mounted to back of one page is a signed 8"x10" photo of noted bowler Jimmy Smith inscribed to a Nichols family member. Varying degrees of wear throughout. Includes auction LOA from JSA: VG-EX/MT ($500-$750) $450.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 338 Scarce Kid Nichols Uhlman cabinet c.1889. Exceedingly rare cabinet card (4.25"x6.5") showing Nichols with Omaha utilizes the same image as can be found on one version of his N172 Old Judge card; this larger and very clear image bears the same "copyright 1889 Goodwin & Co." imprint and "Nichols..." captioning. This is the first such example we can confirm to have surfaced and given his brief (1) season stay with the Omaha team it can be assumed that at most a very small number were produced and this is quite possibly the unique surviving copy. Image portion remains very clean with well registered photograph showing little mentionable wear; the mount has some light wear to corners/edges. Lower left corner has minor chip. Back in generally the same shape with one small line of discoloration. Graded (SGC 45 VG+): EX/MT ($2,000-$4,000) $6,500.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 339 Account of (3) 1892 Boston Beaneaters baseball games. Trio of lengthy handwritten accounts of Boston Beaneaters game played during 1892 season (1 vs. Louisville, 2 vs. St. Louis) including box scores, highlights, and other recap. All are done with noteworthy attention to detail and are likely "practice". All are standard sized paper with an additional section stapled and/or taped at bottom. Very minor wear: Overall EX/MT (Inconclusive as to whether this was written in Nichols hand; does not include JSA LOA.) ($750-$1,000) $1,200.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 340 Pair of early Kid Nichols scrapbooks c.1887-1903. Two early books which appear to have been assembled in the period by Nichols himself with numerous notations in his hand scattered throughout (small, generally dates). Mostly boxscores and game accounts which appear to start in 1887 while he was with Kansas City and conclude around 1903 with Memphis. One is missing its covers. Wear scattered throughout as would expected with pieces of this vintage and there are likely some missing pieces/pages. Incredible first hand and personal documentation related to the earliest days in professional baseball of a man who went on to be regarded as one the finest pitchers of his time. Includes auction LOA from JSA (handwriting): GD-VG ($750-$1,000) $800.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 341 January 11, 1894 Kid Nichols handwritten letter to Mrs. Charley Bennett with pair of Bennett cabinet photographs. Significant two page letter written by Kid Nichols to Alice Bennett shortly after the accident which cost her husband his legs and ended his playing career. Heartfelt and exceptional content reads in part, "I saw the account in the San Francisco paper that Mr Bennett got two legs cut off...it made me sick when I heard it..try and keep up and we will try and do all we can for you both..." Although unsigned, Nichols references his wife Jennie and young daughter Alice ("sends kisses to her dear uncle B. and auntie B."). It appears that he was on a Barnstorming or Exhibition game tour at the time and references another Charlie numerous times ("Charlie is going to try and get some one to pitch in his place so we can go home or where ever you are"). Includes the original mailing envelope and a pair of oversized (7"x9") cabinet mounted photographs of Bennett and wife which appear to date to his playing days or very shortly thereafter. On the back of one is an ink notation placed there by Alice mentioning that she was named after Mrs. Bennett. Letter has splits along the upper fold lines but is otherwise in name shape with mild toning, envelope has torn right edge and tape at left with other scattered wear. The cabinets have mild wear and some light/moderate discoloration along with some scattered handwritten notations. Incredibly early Hall of Famer handwritten letter and of great historical interest. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Overall EX ($1,000-$3,000) $1,600.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 342 Important August 27, 1894 Boston Beaneaters Charley Bennett Tribute game program with related material. Original program (7.5"x10") issued for game played at the South End Grounds which was "Boston's Tribute to The King of Catchers Charles W. Bennett." Unscored with pre-printed lineups including Kid Nichols, Tommy McCarthy, and "Corbett" who is listed as leadoff. This was in fact then Heavyweight Boxing Champions Gentleman Jim Corbett who played first base to show his support. Program has split at binding and has tape stains visible on both covers (several articles/copy stapled/affixed to insides) and other general wear to include chipping, some small tears, several pencil notations, and vertical crease. Includes (2) cabinet mounted photographs with one being of Charley Bennett (his name written on front in ink in Kid Nichols' distinctive print) and the other of his wife; and handwritten account of the game's participants, score, and gate receipts as prepared by a Nichols family members based upon his recollections: Program PR/GD, Others VG/EX-EX/MT ($1,000-$3,000) $2,000.00
 
See a Picture of this Item 343 Kid Nichols personal Heubach German bisque porcelain baseball figurines c.1880s. Striking large size variation batter and pitcher figurines stand 14 1/2" tall with hand painted red and blue pinstriped uniforms. Very clean overall with bright coloration and limited wear (batter has small chip to hat and thumb on upper hand is missing). Impressed German manufacturer stampings "Geschuetzt-Gesetzlich" appear under the base. The only such examples we are aware of the have originated from the personal collection of a baseball Hall of Fame member: EX/MT and NM ($2,000-$4,000) DNS
 
See a Picture of this Item 344 Historically significant July 5, 1886 Charles "Kid" Nichols Spalding presentational baseball bat from the Blue Ave BBC. During the late 19th century the midwestern portion of the United States supported numerous professional quality baseball teams and clubs. Many of these teams and leagues spawned some of the finest talent which would filter into the more established professional leagues. Charles Augustus "Kid" Nichols was one such talent when he began his professional baseball career with the Blue Ave BBC of the Kansas City, MO area. The team was one of the more highly regarded of its region capturing several tournament and regional championships during the mid to late 1880s. As referenced by Kansas City newspapers of the period, the Blue Ave Club played against the Wyandotte Reds several times during the time between June and August of 1886. Included in these articles was mention of a win in Bonner Springs, Kansas. The offered baseball bat is in fact a presentational trophy bat from that very championship tournament played at Bonner Springs by the Blue Ave club with Kid Nichols. The bat itself is of the highest quality of manufacture for the era by Spalding measuring 36 3/4" long with a weight of 29.9 ounces. Centerbrand area of the bat retains the vast majority of its original mustard color painted ring decoration with Spalding insignia in black. "Pat. June 17, 1884" date stenciled in black under the logo area. Remainder of the bat exhibits appropriate evident use including several small surface indentations as well as vestiges of period handle tape removed prior to 1949. Reverse side of the barrel displays an affixed coin silver oval shaped placard having engraved baseball player graphics with script names for the players of the Blue Ave club. Players include Kid Nichols along with two of his brothers Willie and George. Placard measures 5" long with original hand cuts tacks in place. Surface of the placard has a few small indentations and some tiny areas of tarnish. An additional gold shield shaped placard measuring 1 1/2" tall is found affixed to the centerbrand area. Placard is inscribed, "Won by Blue Ave BBC". Finally, a small 3/4" diameter silver disc is located on the end of the knob inscribed, "Bonner Springs Tournament July 5, 1886". Overall condition of the bat is stunning with superb patination and completely unrestored original surface. As well documented for numerous other baseball teams of the period the offered bat was very likely either uniquely used or one of two used for the tournament by all teams involved given the cost of the bat for the era. It is almost certain that Kid Nichols himself would have used this very bat which would equate to the only surviving exemplar of same. As recounted by Nichols during a 1949 interview, "The first team I played on was the Blue Ave. Club of Kansas City, MO in 1886. In 1886, when I was 16 years old, being confident in my ability as a ball player, I was determined to get on a baseball team." Nichols would of course graduate from the Blue Ave team to enjoy an illustrious career from 1890-1906 with the Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals, and Philadelphia Phillies. His career pitching statistics were truly remarkable with a final record of 361-208 that included an incredible run of seven 30 win seasons. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1949 as the youngest pitcher in Major League history to reach the vaunted 300 win plateau (30 years old). Presentational 19th century trophy bats of this quality and pedigree are exceedingly scarce with the offered exemplar ranking as one of the more coveted of the select group. The bat has remained within the family of Kid Nichols until this very special offering and includes an image of Nichols holding the bat with two small children in 1949. The historic import of the bat is only further enhanced by its almost assured game use by one of the elite players of the late 19th century. These reasons coupled with its superb visual appeal as a presentational baseball bat of the late 19th century place this specimen among the very elite to have ben offered to the collecting public. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions, photo of Nichols holding the offered bat, and letter of provenance from the Nichols family: EX ($40,000-$60,000) $95,000.00
 
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