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Back Items For The Auction of November 15, 2014  
  Lot Number Item Description Est. Price Range Sold For Price
See a Picture of this Item 101 Diamond Brand sporting goods baseball catcher's mask with rare sun visor c.1910-20. Fine condition example retaining its original light brown leather head padding with intact manufacturer's stamping impressed on chin area. Retains its uncommon original leather sun visor at the top. General light use and wear overall: EX-EX/MT ($300-$500) $550.00
See a Picture of this Item 102 Rare Rawlings spider style catcher's mask with diamond shaped "spitter" and large bead weld construction c.1915-20. Very fine quality cast iron and leather mask retaining its original leather padding with Rawlings mfg. label on head band. Front of mask displays uncommon and desirable large bead weld construction with a diamond shaped spitter area. Leather surfaces have been oiled and expected usage wear is visible throughout: EX ($500-$750) $399.00
See a Picture of this Item 103 Baseball catcher's mask with round "spitter" and elongated throat protector c.1915. High quality mask with round "spitter" area and elongated throat protector. Heavy overall use evident with surface wear/flaking to the leather padding. Missing head strapping: GD-VG ($400-$600) $375.00
See a Picture of this Item 104 Rare Spalding "diamond point" baseball umpire's mask c.1919. Large high quality mask with "diamond point" front retaining its original moveable ear padding and elongated throat protector. Retains Spalding labeling on head strapping with some reinforcement/repair to leather padding on chin and surface wear to other leather padding: VG-EX ($500-$1,000) $850.00
See a Picture of this Item 105 Baseball birdcage style catcher's mask with elongated throat protector c.1910. Strong example with clean lines and attractive surface. General overall wear: VG-EX ($400-$600) $275.00
See a Picture of this Item 106 Vintage Spalding reeded shin guards c.1920s. Early pair of shin guards representing a top of the line model with leather knee portions atop reeded body. Each has a well defined "Spalding" logo with mild/moderate usage wear evident throughout incl. discoloration and light scuffing. Some loss to padding behind knees: EX ($200-$400) $350.00
See a Picture of this Item 107 Baseball stitching vise c.1910s-20s. Period metal vise which remains operational through use of foot pedal retains vintage (though possibly replacement) rubberized ball grips. Mounted to wooden frame stand for display (stands approx. 36" tall). Rust and appropriate usage wear throughout: EX ($250-$500) $450.00
See a Picture of this Item 108 Stall & Dean baseball shinguards c.1910-15. Rare wooden dowel reeded shinguards with brown leather knee pads retaining their original backstrapping. Stall & Dean manufacturer's stamping clearly visible on leather portion of one knee pad. Light to moderate use visible with fine appearance: EX ($400-$600) $650.00
See a Picture of this Item 109 Spalding baseball uniform with cadet style collar c.1910. Very fine quality uniform of a grey base color having maroon cadet style collar with yolk and sleeve trim. Notably clean condition throughout retaining its original Spalding mfg. label inside collar. Housed in atractive hinged door shadowbox style display cabinet with matching pants positioned behind jersey: EX ($500-$750) $450.00
See a Picture of this Item 110 J.C. Higgins "Black Beauty" model baseman's mitt c.1920s. Black leather LHT baseman's mitt with buckle back strapping having J.C. Higgins labeling attached to back. Interior retains its original "Black Beauty" titling along with J.C. Higgins stampings. Light to moderate evident use: EX ($200-$400) $135.00
See a Picture of this Item 111 Spalding "Inter City" model baseball fielder's glove c.1916. Black leather full size glove with 1" web retains its original Spalding mfg. label on exterior backstrapping with crisp stampings on the interior including "Inter City" titling. Glove has been oiled and exhibits light general use: EX ($200-$400) $125.00
See a Picture of this Item 112 Victor Wright & Ditson Sporting Goods fielder's glove c.1910-15. Light brown leather LHT fielder's glove retains its original manfacturer's label on backstrapping with very bold Victor Wright & Ditson stamping on interior palm area. 3/4" web intact with moderate use visible throughout: VG-EX ($200-$400) $225.00
See a Picture of this Item 113 Spalding oversized double buckle model catcher's mitt c.1915-20. Enormous 11" tall model glove retains Spalding mfg. label on back with dual buckle back formation on hand and web areas. Spalding "OK" model stampings visible on interior. Moderate use and age wear overall with separation to the webbing: VG-EX ($200-$400) $125.00
See a Picture of this Item 114 Fine Reach black leather baseball catcher's mitt c.1915. Strong condition exemplar manufactured only in 1915 by Reach of a black leather body with red piping. Retains buckle back and Reach mfg. label on verso. Interior displays Reach stampings with model 150N. Very clean overall with supple surface and very light use: EX-MT ($750-$1,000) $425.00
See a Picture of this Item 115 Rawlings two tone catcher's mitt with "patch pocket" interior c.1910-15. Black and white leather model catcher's mitt retains its original Rawlings mfg. labeling on back with uncommon interior black leather "patch" pocket. Moderate use throughout: VG-EX ($300-$500) $400.00
See a Picture of this Item 116 Lot of (2) white leather baseball fielder's gloves to include: Horace Partridge model with full web retaining its original Horace Partridge labeling on the backstrap. Glove exterior and interior surfaces display nicely having cleaned with partial stampings visible: VG-EX and Goldsmith 1 3/4" web fielder's glove retains its original manufacturer's label and brass button on back with partial stampings visible on the interior. Exterior surfaces display nicely having been cleaned: VG-EX ($500-$750) $550.00
See a Picture of this Item 117 Reach baseball fielder's glove c.1905-15. Light brown leather full web model glove retains its orignal Reach mfg. label on backstrap. Glove has been oiled and shows moderate to heavy use overall: VG-EX ($200-$400) $350.00
See a Picture of this Item 118 D&M baseball catcher's mitt with Decker patent leather backing and reinforced leather buckle back c.1910. Full size brown leather mitt with uncommon Decker patent backing and original leather reinforced buckle back. Glove surface has been oiled and exhibits moderate use in general. Excellent quality period mitt: VG-EX ($400-$600) $200.00
See a Picture of this Item 119 Black leather baseball fielder's glove with rare buckle web c.1900-15. Full size black leather RHT glove featuring uncommon triangular brown leather buckle web. Glove surface shows heavy use and age crazing throughout while retaining rich original color: GD-VG ($200-$400) $125.00
See a Picture of this Item 120 Unusual Tiger Maple baseball bat c.1900-20. Full size 34" long bat with striking Tiger Maple wood construction retaining its original surface. Some minor surface wear to the barrel end including vestiges of some engraved lines: VG-EX ($200-$400) $250.00
See a Picture of this Item 121 D&M "Cyclone" model baseball bat with decal decoration c.1915. Attractively grained 33" model bat with D&M "Lucky Dog" logo impressed at centerbrand area having two decals positioned at center and end of bat. Decals remain in fine overall condition with a scratch through the decal positioned at handle end: EX ($500-$750) $325.00
See a Picture of this Item 122 D&M model baseball bat with uncommon ball shaped knob termination c.1900-1915. Early 34" long model bat with D&M "Lucky Dog" logo at centerbrand area having uncommon ball shaped knob termination. Bat exhibits attractive rich brown patina with some areas of surface wear including chipping to knob and few barrel indentations: VG ($500-$750) $484.00
See a Picture of this Item 123 A.J. Reach Co. "Burley" model decal decorated baseball bat c.1910-15. Rich brown 33" long bat featuring a color decal on the barrel end of Reach "Burley" baseball graphic. Decal remains approx. 85% intract with some surface scratching. Bat has some plug repairs to the handle area: VG-EX ($300-$500) $500.00
See a Picture of this Item 124 Zimmerman's "Professional" model baseball bat c.1900-10. Nicely grained bat with impressed manufacturer's trademark at center area. 34" long: EX ($200-$400) $475.00
See a Picture of this Item 125 "Giants" model mushroom knob baseball baseball bat c.1905-15. Full size 34" baseball bat with "Giants No. 2" stenciled at the centerbrand area and mushroom shaped knob end. General surface wear throughout retaining very fine appearance: VG-EX ($500-$750) $600.00
See a Picture of this Item 126 Reach mushroom knob baseball bat with original coiled wire handle grip c.1905. Fine quality mushroom knob bat with Reach trademark at centerbrand area and original coiled wire handle grip remaining intact. 35" long with few areas of surface restoration to barrel end and handle crack under wire coil: VG-EX ($500-$750) $450.00
See a Picture of this Item 127 Rare Joe Kelley autographed album page. Standard size autograph album page has been signed in pencil, "Joe Kelley" rating 8-8/9 out of 10. Most noted for his time in Baltimore, where he was known as "Kingpin of the Orioles", he played on (6) National League Pennant winning teams including stints with Boston, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, and Cincinnati. Over (17) years in baseball he batted .317 and often finished with the League leaders in average, homeruns, RBI, and stolen bases. Retiring from play in 1908 he spent the majority of his later life involved in the game in a number of different capacities and was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1971. Seldom offered with this being the first we have handled in quite some time. Page is also signed by Steve O'Neill and Greg Mulleavy of the 1938 Buffalo Bisons. Includes full LOA from JSA: NM ($2,000-$4,000) $1,997.00
See a Picture of this Item 128 Rare 1887 Louisville Colonels vs. Brooklyn Grays scorecard with Pete Browning. Original scorecard issued for game played at Eclipse Park bewteen the hometown Louisville team and American Association rival Grays. Most notable among participants was Pete Browning, one of the most adept batsman of the 1880s. Garnering the nickname of "Louisville Slugger", Browning was the first player to have his bats custom made instituting a practice which has become the standard to this day. Displays a touch of light toning and wear with a crease to lower front cover which terminates in a small professionally repaired tear. It appears that the binding has been similarly reinforced and the interior is partially scored in pencil: Overall EX ($1,000-$1,500) $600.00
See a Picture of this Item 129 1905 Brooklyn Superbas vs. New York Giants scorecard with Ebbets on cover. Original multi-page scorecard issued for game played at Washington Park has Charles Ebbets pictured on the cover who in the same year would purchase a controlling interest in the team. Pre-printed line-ups are scored neatly in pencil for game vs. the Giants. Iron Joe McGinnity lost an exciting game when Brooklyn scored (2) runs in the 9th. Mild toning/wear throughout with a large tear through all pages which extends 3.5" in from the left side. The first inside page has a large later period gummed stamp affixed over tear; stamps of similar size have been removed from the covers with a resulting area of residue and some very minor surface loss: Technical GD ($250-$500) $350.00
See a Picture of this Item 130 Early Boston Red Sox stock certificate c.1900s with 1913 T200 Fatima team card. Tastefully done framed display (23"x23.5") houses an unexecuted "Boston American League Base Ball Club" stock certificate which appears "like new" with the exception of some very light scattered toning. Text in the area in which year was to be noted reads "190" confirming issue during the formative years of the Franchise. Mounted above is a 1913 T200 Fatima team card of the Boston Americans which is well centered with a touch of wear at corners/edges and what appears to be a small tear at lower left: Certificate appears NM, card VG-VG/EX ($750-$1,000) $475.00
See a Picture of this Item 131 Lot of (4) 1887 N172 Old Judge baseball tobacco cards with Baltimore relation. Includes Purcell (tiny label on verso), O'Brien (tiny label on verso), Sommers (tiny label on verso), and Fullmer: Range PR/GD-EX (with note to labels) ($500-$750) DNS
See a Picture of this Item 132 1888 "Base-Ball: How to Become A Player" by John Montgomery Ward. Soft cover 19th century book as authored by Hall of Fame player John Ward. Back cover is detached with interior remaining clean overall: VG ($1,000-$2,000) $750.00
See a Picture of this Item 133 Collection of baseball tobacco cards primarily with Baltimore relation. Includes (15) 1909-11 T-206 tobacco cards. Players include Dunn, (2) Keeler, McGraw, Straw, Jackson, Bresnahan, Nichols, and Egan. All but one have Pied. Backs: Range GD-EX. Lot also includes 1910 T-201 Daubert/Rucker: VG ($400-$600) $300.00
See a Picture of this Item 134 Grouping of vintage baseball ephemera from the Bready Collection to include: Baseball game scene stereoview c.1910-20: EX; (8) Baseball color lithographic scorecards c.1890-1910 (unscored): Range EX-EX/MT; and (5) baseball postcards with embossed decoration c.1910: Range GD-EX ($300-$500) $161.00
See a Picture of this Item 135 Jim Bready 1958 All-Star Game related mememorabilia. 1958 game program signed on front cover by Willie Mays and Sherm Lollar (scored), (4) Field passes as issued to Bready with original mailing envelope; and (2) game ticket stubs each with rain check intact. Includes auction LOA ($300-$500) $218.00
See a Picture of this Item 136 Lot of (2) rare Babe Ruth baseball books with original dust jackets. Includes 1928 "Babe Ruth's Own Book of Baseball" and 1931 "Babe Ruth How to Play Baseball". Each has owner's name inscribed on interior cover page. Uncommonly clean condition examples: EX-EX/MT ($2,000-$3,000) $600.00
See a Picture of this Item 137 Grouping of vintage baseball books and memorabilia from the Bready Collection to include: 1912 "Baseballogy"; 1937 "Who's Who in the Major Leagues"; 1962 "The American League Story" by Allen inscribed by Allen to Bready; 1962 "The National League Story" by Allen inscribed by Allen to Bready; 1947 "Baseball" by Robert Smith inscribed by Smith to Bready; Babe Ruth Member Club pin; and 1908 "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" sheet music by Jack Norworth (some separation at spine): Range VG-EX/MT ($100-$300) $250.00
See a Picture of this Item 138 Fine Honus Wagner autographed typewritten letter. Dated December 22, 1919 one page letter typed on desirable Honus Wagner Sporting Goods Co. stationery picturing Wagner at top left. Content extends Wagner's regret to not being able to attend a function and appears to have been typed by Wagner himself as opposed to other known examples with secretarial initials. Signed, "J. Honus Wagner" in black fountain pen rating 8/9 out of 10. Includes original mailing envelope also picturing Wagner. Outstanding Wagner letter which is certainly among the finer of its type to have entered the marketplace. Includes auction LOA from JSA: EX/MT-NM ($2,000-$3,000) DNS
See a Picture of this Item 139 1898 "The National Game of Baseball" game. Color lithographic game board as issued in uncut sheet form by the Baltimore American newspaper in 1898. Includes playign field along with die cut players and grandstand. Some peripheral chipping and light age toning: VG ($200-$400) DNS
See a Picture of this Item 140 Unique Babe Ruth, Kennesaw Mountain Landis, et all autographed album page. Dated 1921 and 1922 respectively in Landis' and Ruth's hand signed unlined album page. Ruth signature presents beautifully in bold black fountain pen across the bottom. Very rare full name, "George H. Babe Ruth Oct. 13th, 1922" rating 9 out of 10. Landis has signed above with a date of July 12, 1921 rating 7/8 out of 10. The presence of Ruth and Landis signatures on a singular object is of noted scarcity. The relationship between the game's greatest star player and the staunch Commissioner of Baseball was, at best, contentious at times inclusive of several noted confrontations and subsequent suspensions. It is reasonable to deduce that these very factors may in fact contribute to the rarity of items which have been signed by these two extremely significant figures within the history of the game. Reverse is additionally signed by several notables including Jackie Cooper, Jackie Coogan, and Mitzi Green with General Leonard Wood above Landis. The lot also includes Jim Bready's original receipt for the purchase of the piece from Walter Benjamin autographs for $20 as well as the original catalogue listing and (2) original photographs of St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Range EX-NM (Ruth signature rates NM) ($5,000-$7,500) $3,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 141 Rare 1894 Baltimore Orioles team cabinet card. Attractive example not previously publicly offered from the Bready Collection depicting the championship Orioles team of 1894 in vignette arrangement. Players are identified under their respective images to include McGraw, Jennings, Keeler, Robinson, Gleason, Brouthers, and manager Ned Hanlon. Image contrast is very fine for its issue with even appearance and clean borders to its original mount which is stamped by Betz photographers in Baltimore. Notably, the images within the offered cabinet are identical to those used in the very rare 1894 Baltimore Orioles Alpha Photo-Engraving card set of the same date. Two very minor vestiges of adhesion are found on the reverse of the cabinet mentioned for accuracy only. Includes matting and frame. One of only a scant few surviving examples in superior condition grade with impeccable provenance from the Bready Collection: EX-EX/MT ($7,500-$10,000) DNS
See a Picture of this Item 142 1885 Baltimore Orioles team cabinet photograph. Rare early depcition of the Orioles team posed in full uniform with team name and player identified on original mount. Players include Muldoon, Stearns, Sommers, Emslie, and Trott. Image quality remains quite good with strong original contrast. Mount itself has some edge/corner wear including a vertical tear at bottom margin intersecting with player names. Reverse has various period pencil notations none of which appear to be relevant to the piece. 8"x9" matted and framed: GD-VG ($3,000-$5,00) $5,500.00
See a Picture of this Item 143 Significant 1897 Boston vs. Baltimore baseball game cabinet photograph. Incredibly scarce 19th century game action image depicting the third game of a series played between the rival Boston and Baltimore clubs at Union Park in Baltimore. Stunning game scene image taken from a right field vantage point picturing an overflowing crowd watching a late season contest between the Boston and Baltimore clubs. Baltimore had won the National League title the previous three seasons with Boston winning several prior with the September 27th, 1897 match marking the final meeting of the year between the two clubs. The two teams split the first two games of the series with this final game going to Boston by a score of 19-10 after Baltimore's pitcher (Joe Corbett, younger brother of boxer Jim) took a line drive off his pitching hand in the second inning. Image quality is exceptional for the medium boasting crisp focus and fine contrast. Stadium game scene imagery from the late 19th century is exceedingly rare with the offered example counted as one of the earliest of its type. Titled within the negative at bottom margin and marked "Copyright 1897 by E.D.McAfee" at bottom right. Preserved nicely on its original mount the image itself measures 7 1/2"x9 1/2" having a horizontal crease that extends across the photo which does break the surface towards the left side of the photo. Original mount has pencil notations by Bready at bottom denoting its use as the title page photo for his classic Baltimore Orioles volume, "The Home Team+ in 1958. Verso retains original Baltimore Trust Co. identification paper label. One other exemplar without titling or photographer's credit is known within the Library of Congress and although there may be other surviving examples we have not to date offered another. Important Baltimore baseball related artifact with desirable provenance from the Bready Collection: VG-EX ($10,000-$20,000) $10,500.00
See a Picture of this Item 144 Tappan's "League Bouquet" baseball decorative perfume bottle c.1890-1910. Blown glass baseball bat shaped perfume bottle with original applied paper labeling having crossed bat and ball dÄcor. Label has some small edge flakes. Retains original threaded silver plate end cap which has some separation at the seams and does not tightly thread onto the post. 6" long. Rarely offered early baseball related decorative object: EX ($500-$750) $605.00
See a Picture of this Item 145 Lot of (3) Louisville related souvenir pennants c.1930-50s. Includes (2) Louisville, KY pennants with horse racing/Churchill Downs themes and (1) Louisville Colonels baseball pennant (damage to left edge): Range GD-EX ($150-$300) $50.00
See a Picture of this Item 146 Folk art frame with decorative Western/Baseball decor c.1910. Handsome wooden frame having various Western and baseball themed objects of a gesso medium on the faìade of the frame. Includes baseball bat, early full web baseball glove, liquor bottle, and pistol. 7" tall with very light surface wear: EX ($750-$1,250) $1,001.00
See a Picture of this Item 147 Horse Racing autograph collection of (29) pieces. Includes (15) pairs of goggles, each signed, highlighted by Laffitt Pincay Jr (with Pincay signed COA numbered out of 125 pieces) and Pat Day. One pair is multi-signed and one or two appear used; Jean Cruget signed small photo of Seattle Slew; Edgar Prado signed "My Guy Barbaro" book and Barbaro hat; (7) pieces signed by Jerry Bailey incl. hardcover book "Against The Odds", (2) hats, and (2) packaged card sets (signed on wrappers); Jacinto Vasquez signed Saratoga hat; 2008 and 09 Kentucky Derby programs, each with (3) unidentified signatures on cover; "Legends 08" hat signed by (9) incl. Jean Cruget, Laffit Pincay Jr, and Pat Day. Ink and marker signatures rate 6/7 to 8/9 out of 10, touch of light wear effecting a few pieces. Includes auction LOA from JSA: EX-NM ($500-$750) $300.00
See a Picture of this Item 148 Mark Guidry autographed racing ensemble in shadowbox display. Nicely done oversized frame holds a jockey's jacket, pant, hat, crop, goggles, and boots which are attributed to Guidry whom has signed the goggles and pants in black marker rating 8 out of 10. Obtained by our consignor at a charity event under the premise that Guidry had worn them while riding. Although we can not substantiate the use, there is light evident wear with scuffs to boots. Guidry won 5,222 races from 1974-2014 and established several records during a career which culminated with Induction into (2) different Halls of Fame. Includes auction LOA from JSA (auto): Ensemble EX-NM, Sigs. NM ($1000-$2000) $1,100.00
See a Picture of this Item 149 Ron Turcotte and Triple Crown Winners autographed pieces (3). Includes Ron Turcotte signed 22"x28" Time Magazine Secreteriat cover poster; 2006 Kentucky Derby glass signed by Turcotte; and additional 2006 Derby glass signed by Triple Crown Winners Turcotte, Steve Cauthen, and Jean Cruget. Marker signatures rate 7-9 out of 10, touch of light wear confined to edges of poster. Includes auction LOA from JSA: EX/MT-NM ($250-$500) $160.00
See a Picture of this Item 150 1905 Philadelphia Athletics vs. Boston Americans scorecard. Original scorecard issued for game played at Columbia Park in Philadelphia with highly visual front cover illustration. Neatly scored in pencil on pre-printed interior lineups. Displays at the EX-EX/MT level with touch of light wear/spotting (slightly more accentuated on back). Bound edge is largely separated. Rare example dating to the A's American League Championship season: Displays EX-EX/MT with note to description ($400-$600) $228.00
See a Picture of this Item 151 1906 Boston Americans vs. St. Louis Browns scorecard with Jimmy Collins on cover. Original "Official Score Card" issued for game played at the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds in Boston. Ornate cover illustration includes images of Hall of Famer Jimmy Collins and legendary Boston fan and owner of the 3rd Base Saloon, Nuf Ced McGreevy. Relatively well preserved having been housed within a scrapbook. Light consistent age toning with small quarter size scuff to upper left front cover which also has some wear largely isolated to the lower edge. Very small tear approx. 1.5" in from left and lower right corner has small chip. Back cover has areas of staining/paper loss as a result of mounting within the scrapbook. Interior is generally clean and has been scored neatly in pencil: Displays VG/EX-EX with note to description ($400-$600) $237.00
See a Picture of this Item 152 Arts and Crafts rocking armchair with baseball decoration c.1910-1915. Mission oak Morris style seat of simple yet timeless design has decorative baseball scene carved within upper back slat which has been painted with noteworthy attention to detail. Surface has some scattered nicks/chips and general crazing throughout. It is likely that the upholstery has been replaced and the painted portion was touched up in a later period. One of the premier pieces of its type and notably rare with this being one of a select few we have handled: EX ($3,000-$$5,000) $2,400.00
See a Picture of this Item 153 Unique Louisville Slugger baseball decal bat folk art frame c.1915-20. Hand crafted folk art frame constructed with (4) original Louisville Slugger miniature decal bats. Players include Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie, Frank Baker, and Eddie Collins. Each bat measures between 15-17' in length conjoined together by bats being afffixed through holes carved into their respective barrels/handles. Decals present with expected surface wear ranging from 30-75% intact. Interior photograph (modern replica) depicts the player within whose family the piece descended: VG-EX ($1,000-$2,000) $800.00
See a Picture of this Item 154 Baseball decorative locket c.1910. Small cast brass locket with baseball player raised surface depiction on the front having small inset stones. Locket is blank inside with exception of impressed manufacturer's hallmark, "SRBL Co". General surface wear inclusive of a few minor indentations on the back. 1 1/4" diameter. Includes ornate chain link chain with clasp: EX ($300-$500) $170.00
See a Picture of this Item 155 Lot of (4) vintage souvenir spoons with baseball decoration c.1890-1910. Quartet of sterling silver spoons each displaying attractive baseball decoration as well as melon style football. Subjects include Harvard, Nebraska, Yale, and monogrammed examples. Each marked "sterling" on the back with total weight of 4 Troy ounces. Light to moderate wear evident throughout: Range VG-EX/MT ($400-$600) $225.00
See a Picture of this Item 156 Collection of (10) pieces of vintage baseball decorated porcelain by Shenango Pottery Co. c.1910. Excellent selection of interesting pieces from this classic and desirable baseball decorative porcelain set to include: Pedestal fruit compote (9" diameter); Soup bowl (9 1/2" diameter); Dinner plate (9" diameter); Handled sugar and creamer set (two pcs); Matchsafe/toothpick holder; Miniature compote (4" diameter); Vegetable dish (6" long); Cereal bowl (7" diameter); and Child's plate (5" diameter). Generally fine condition overall with some typical light surface wear. No measurable chips, cracks, or notable damage present. Uncommonly substantive offering by quantity of this popular early 20th century baseball china: Range VG-NM ($500-$1,000) $950.00
See a Picture of this Item 157 Lot of (4) pieces of Forbes Field porcelain china c.1910. Desirable grouping each featuring painted exterior stadium scene of Pittsburgh's Forbes Field. Includes cup/saucer, small handled cup, 5" tall pitcher, and uncommon 3 1/2" tall bulbous form pitcher with scalloped edge: Range EX-NM ($500-$1,000) $375.00
See a Picture of this Item 158 Lot of (2) pieces of Forbes Field porcelain china c.1910. Desirable pair each featuring a painted exterior stadium scene of Pittsburgh's Forbes Field. Includes 4" square ashtray and 5" square ashtray with scalloped corners. Marked "Bavaria" on base: EX-MT ($300-$400) $225.00
See a Picture of this Item 159 "Home Run Cigarettes" unopened package c.1917. Early unopened cigarette package features decorative baseball graphics on the front panel retaining its original tax stamp paper on end panel. Some minor splits at corner joints and few other areas of light surface wear: VG-EX ($300-$500) $350.00
See a Picture of this Item 161 "Lucky Curve" baseball decorative tobacco tin and rare matching tobacco pouch c.1920s. Lot includes classic red and yellow painted tobacco tin featuring baseball pitcher graphic on front and back panel. Notable wear and handling visible to top and front panels with paint loss. Back panel remains in fine visual condition. Base of the tin has a number of holes punched: GD-VG. The lot also includes an original "Lucky Curve" tobacco pouch with both front and back panels displaying colorful baseball pitcher graphic. Pouch presents very nicely with partial tax stampings remaing affixed to side panels. Tobacco remains intact inside but top of pouch has been opened. First example we have encountered: EX ($500-$1,000) $450.00
See a Picture of this Item 162 Rare "Hot Ball Tobacco" baseball decorative tobacco pouch and related advertising sign c.1905. Includes unopened "Hot Ball" tobacco pouch having hand holding a baseball graphic on front. Paper stock packaging has some spilts to a side panel with a small tape repair to the same area. Retains a portion of its original 1905 tax stampings: GD-VG. Lot also includes an original color lithographic "Hot Ball" tobacco cardboard advertising sign depicting two red uniformed devilish jesters throwing a baseball with flames. 9"x12" matted and framed with pinholes at the corners and some areas of surface creasing/scratching: VG ($500-$1,000) $600.00
See a Picture of this Item 163 Collection of (6) vintage tobacco packages and containers with baseball dÄcor c.1910-20s. Includes unopened tobacco packages of the following: 1926 "Grand Slam"; 1926 "Four Bagger"; 1928 "Pinch Hit"; and "Big Mitt". Lot also includes "BAT" tobacco pouch (opened) and 1910 "Catcher" tobacco lidded box. Varying degrees of wear throughout: Range VG-EX/MT ($500-$1,000) $375.00
See a Picture of this Item 164 Significant 1910 Philadelphia Athletics World Championship presentational pin. As the country completed the first decade of the 20th century the Philadelphia Athletics continued their dominance of the baseball world capturing a World Championship over the Chicago Cubs. Champions in 1902 and 1905 the mighty A+s team of 1910 may well have been the finest of their era finishing with a record of 102-48 en route to a resounding 4 games to 1 victory over the Cubs in the World Series. Although a powerful team in a major metropolitan area the Athletics had not generally awarded their players and staff with lavish presentational jewelry on the occasion of their championships as some other teams had done such as the Chicago and Boston clubs. Offered is an outstanding quality 1910 World Championship medal which we believe to have been presented to players and team dignitaries as a result of the 1910 title. Top of the medal features an enamelwork pennant shaped pin back having inlaid white elephant mascot and -A+ team insignia. Attached blue silk ribbon displays, -Philadelphia Athletics Champions 1910+ in silver with a suspended silver elephant beneath. Total length of 4 _+ with pennant marked by prestigious Caldwell Co. of Philadelphia on the reverse. The piece remains in fine overall condition with some tape reinforcement to the reverse of the silk ribbon for some partial separations. This example presents as one of only three known surviving specimens adding credence to a limited original production quantity commensurate with team presentation. Interestingly this style of presentational pin served as the model for the highly desirable Athletics World Series press pins issued for the 1911, 1913, and 1914 contests of the same Caldwell Badge Co. manufacture. Factoring overall quality and similarity to related World Champion presentational pieces, coupled with the rarity of such pieces during the early part of the century, we believe this piece to have been presented to a member of the Athletics (player or team related) for the World Championship title of 1910. Superb and significant World Series presentational piece with relation to one of the greatest teams in the history of the game: EX (with note to ribbon reinforcement) ($7,500-$10,000) $9,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 165 1911 Philadelphia Athletics souvenir plate. Full size 10" diameter plate features a transfer decorated scene at the center with the World Champion A's players superimposed atop their elephant logo. The offered example is largely free of typical age toning save for one small area and retains a good portion of the gilt decorated rim. Marked Florence Cook Pottery Co. on the back: EX ($500-$1,000) $405.00
See a Picture of this Item 166 1910 Philadelphia Athletics large format Burke & Atwell Baseball Magazine premium. Oversized composite display piece showing Connie Mack and his team which included Hall of Famers Plank, Bender, Collins, and Baker. Captioned within the lower border and noted as "Published by the Baseball Magazine Co." Marked within the print by "Burke & Atwell" of Chicago. Framed for display to 19"x27" with semi-unobtrusive tear at lower left and some evidence of moisture exposure: VG-EX ($400-$600) $300.00
See a Picture of this Item 167 "Young Laddie" baseball decorative pocket watch c.1920-30s. Silverplated men's pocketwatch having incised dÄcor on the backplate depicting a baseball player with bat. Watch is in running order but does need to be adjusted for use. General light to moderate surface wear: EX ($300-$500) $250.00
See a Picture of this Item 168 Vintage baseball candy container c.1930s. Paper mache figural container stands 7" tall in the manner of the Palmer Cox Brownie caricature series. Very clean overall condition with minimal wear except for feet having been re-attached to the base. Figure lifts off the base to reveal the candy receptacle: EX-EX/MT ($300-$500) $300.00
See a Picture of this Item 169 Detroit Tigers doorstop c.1920-30s. Figural cast iron standing Tiger holding a baseball bat measures 8 1/2" tall. Retains a fine coat of vintage paint with black striping: VG-EX ($300-$500) $248.00
See a Picture of this Item 170 Vintage baseball candy container c.1930s. Paper mache figural container stands 7 1/2" tall in the manner of the Palmer Cox Brownie caricature series. Fine general condition with light surface crazing to a few areas. Figure lifts off the base to reveal the candy receptacle: EX-EX/MT ($300-$500) $250.00
See a Picture of this Item 171 1927 Hillerich & Bradsby "Louisville Slugger Trophy". Rare and desirable Lousiville Slugger endorsed figural baseball trophy featuring a cast bronze plated baseball batsman positioned atop a large black painted wooden plinth. Inscribed brass placards affixed to either side panel, "For Leading Home Run Hitter in Minneapolis Season of 1927 Won By Ben George Held" and "Louisville Slugger Trophy Awarded by Hillerich & Bradsby Co. Louisville, KY". 16" tall with light general surface wear. First example of its type that we have handled: EX ($1,000-$2,000) $1,350.00
See a Picture of this Item 172 Baseball bronze figural statue display. Bronze casting of a 19th century uniformed baseball pitcher after the original likely produced in the 1950/60s standing 9" tall atop a black marble plinth: EX-MT ($400-$600) $225.00
See a Picture of this Item 173 Japanese "Home" baseball decorative box. 1920-30s. Home plate shaped lidded cardboard box of Japanese origin having baseball decorative exterior papering. Marked on top of lid, "Yakye Sembei Home Takasagoya Co". Box is fully intact with one loose side apron and some expected scattered flaking to exterior paper covering: VG-EX ($300-$500) $264.00
See a Picture of this Item 174 "Bambino" baseball decorative tobacco tin c.1930s. Very clean example exhibits fresh, original color with a silhouette of Babe Ruth batting. General light surface wear throughout retaining its original hinged tin lid. 4 1/2" tall: EX ($500-$1,000) $700.00
See a Picture of this Item 175 Lou Gehrig store model baseball bat c.1920s. Louisville Slugger 125 model baseball bat with "Lou Gehrig" facsimile signature impressed at barrel end. Length of 33" is factory stamped in the knob. Usage wear throughout with ball marks and scattered indentations to barrel which has an interesting scoring pattern. Handle is discolored from removed tape and there is a small repaired crack: EX ($400-$600) $248.00
See a Picture of this Item 176 Significant 1927 New York Yankees team autographed photograph. The 1927 season would mark the 25th anniversary for the American League club from New York and would also play witness to one of the greatest teams in the history of the game. The Yankees had been consistent pennant contenders since their acquisition of Babe Ruth participating and/or winning the World Series for seasons 1921, 1922, 1923, and 1926. It was clear from the onset of the 1927 campaign however that no team would match the mighty Yankees who finished the season with a record mark of 110-44 which was a full 19 games ahead of the powerful Philadelphia Athletics. Although many layers contributed to the team+s success that season, appropriately, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig enjoyed a year which would see them belt a combined 107 home runs inclusive of Ruth+s vaunted record total of 60. The World Series proved to only be a formality with the Yankees destroying the Pirates in a four game sweep to capture the World Championship. Presented is an incredibly scarce and remarkable 1927 New York Yankees team autographed photograph. Image size measures 7 7/16+x9 _+ depicting the Yankees team posed in full uniform at spring training in St. Petersburg, FL on March 21, 1927. A total of (43) players are pictured in the image remarkably matched by (43) autographs as well as three additional signatures Mark Roth (Trav. Secretary), Ed Barrow (Team President), and Jacob Ruppert (Owner). Hall of Fame members include Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Miller Huggins (manager), Waite Hoyt, and Earle Combs. In addition, a number of desirable player obscurities are present including Joe Giard, John Grabowksi, Urban Shocker, Myles Thomas, and Walter Beall. The black ink signatures present beautifully against the light background areas in which they were signed ranging from 8-10 out of 10. The photograph itself remains in fine original condition of a matte finish surface retaining its original stamping, -Photo by Ray Williams+ on the reverse along with an additional handwritten identification on the reverse believed to be in the hand of Williams along with date of March 21, 1927. This very same dating is penned on the front of the photograph at bottom left corner in the same hand (Williams+). Overall condition of the image is very fine with small linen tape repair on the back of the bottom corner to repair a tiny tear. Based on inscription, photo type, and provenance it is our belief that this particular image was quite literally the -master copy+ as retained by photographer Ray Williams. To date, only a scant few signed 1927 Yankees images of a similar type have surfaced with the offered example clearly rating as the finest of that elite population with regard to condition, signature quantity, and provenance. The photograph is accompanied by a folio of authentication documents to include: Full LOAs from PSA/DNA and JSA; LOA from Hunt Auctions; Detailed examination reports from Barabe & Associates, LLC and The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Objects, Philadelphia regarding scientific analysis of ink/photograph. Superb piece with relation to the greatest team in Major League history which succinctly ranks among the very finest autographed items we have handled. Photo: EX-MT, Signatures: Range EX/MT-NM/MT (Estimate Upon Request) (Estimate Upon Request) $230,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 177 Tony Lazzeri c.1930s autographed Baseball Magazine publication photograph. Large format black and white image appearing on interior side of back cover has been signed in period fountain pen, "Tony Lazzeri." Signature rates 8-8/9 out of 10. Light wear effecting image portion is limited to some surface wrinkling; touch heavier wear within borders and on back would not be visible when framed for display. Lazzeri is seldom offered on substantive signed images with this being a choice example. Measures 9.5"x11.25" overall and includes auction LOA from JSA: Sig. NM, Premium EX-EX/MT ($750-$1,250) $900.00
See a Picture of this Item 178 Fine Babe Ruth autographed photograph c.1930s. Classic sepia toned image has been signed in period fountain pen, "Sincerely Babe Ruth." Signature rates 8 out of 10 and is ideally situated over the lightest portion of his uniform. Done on matte paper stock measuring 7.5"x9.5" with some mild waviness and a touch of silvering. Choice representation of an iconic image. Tastefully framed for display and includes auction LOA from JSA: Sig. NM, Photo EX/MT ($3,000-$5,000) $3,500.00
See a Picture of this Item 179 Enormous photographic display of Babe Ruth and other "Field Events Winners" of 1931. Imposing display piece features a die-cut image of Babe Ruth, Lefty O'Doul, Ben Chapman, Ethan Allen, and Mayor Jimmy Walker of New York. The occassion was a charity event and Ruth won the fungo contest. Each is identified in raised applied lettering and the piece is captioned in similar style, "Field Events Winner Sept 14, 1931." Measures approx. 64"x84" displayed in an ornate gold framed enclosure with maroon felt background. Although not clear as to the era of manufacture, the piece was clearly done at great expense and is of the highest quality construction. The gold wash border is flaking at areas and there is a touch of other mild wear: EX/MT ($1,000-$2,000) $600.00
See a Picture of this Item 180 Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio c.1936 autographed baseball with others. Red and black stitched Nyasco "Official League" baseball has been signed by (6) incl. Gehrig (across the sweetspot) and DiMaggio along with 1936 Yankees team mates Lefty Gomez and Walter Brown. Also appearing is Oscar Melillo whom was then playing in Boston. Period fountain pen signatures rate uniformly strong 8-8/9 out of 10, ball displays mild even toning with some minor additional discoloration and a touch of wear. Protective coat of shellac was applied long ago. Top quality Gehrig exemplar with ideal sweetspot positioning offers a suitable alternative to what would otherwise be a prohibitively expensive single signed baseball. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Ball EX, Sigs. EX/MT-NM ($3,000-$4,000) $3,300.00
See a Picture of this Item 181 UPDATED DESCRIPTION: Babe Ruth single signed baseball c.1931-34. Lightly clear coated and toned Wm. Harridge AL baseball signed by Babe Ruth across the sweet spot in black fountain pen. Signature rates 7 out of 10 displaying nicely with excellent contrast. Ball itself exhibits scattered areas of light toning which appear to be mostly from aging of clear coat. Manfacturer stampings including Harridge facsimile signature (side panel) remain clearly visible. Very fine example being offered for the first time publicly by the family of the original recipient in the 1930s. Due to the shellac coating on the baseball JSA was not able to authenticate the Ruth signature. The ball will include an LOA from Hunt Auctions: Ball: VG-EX, Signature: EX-EX/MT ($5,000-$7,500) DNS
See a Picture of this Item 182 Fine 1927 Lou Gehrig handwritten and signed letter with original mailing envelope. Lengthy handwritten letter covering (2) sheets of "Book Cadillac Hotel" stationary penned by Gehrig to a friend with content largely related to Ford automobiles. One interesting section, in reference to Henry Ford, reads in part, "I was out to see old Henry and said well...I want to open an agency in N.Y. What's the dope - and he said, well Mr. Gehrig ole boy, ole boy - you see it's this way..." A short paragraph later notes "As for the baseballs I'll have them for you when we get to N.Y." Signed at the close, "Sincerely Lou" in fountain pen rating 8-8/9 out of 10. Original mailing envelope is postmarked August 26, 1927 and bears additional "L Gehrig" signature within return address. The Yankees played in Detroit that day, besting the Tigers 8-6 with Gehrig contributing a double and sacrafice hit to the effort. Typical mailing folds to letter along with some light toning; envelope is torn at edges from opening with general mild wear. Exceptional and rare letter with desirability furthered by ties to one of the most fabled teams in history. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Letter EX/MT, Envelope VG-EX, Sigs. NM ($7,500-$10,000) DNS
See a Picture of this Item 183 New York Yankees partial team signed baseball c.1927-28. Red and black stitched Spalding J.Heydler Official National League baseball has been signed by (15) incl. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Herb Pennock, Earle Combs, Tony Lazzeri, Miller Huggins, Pat Collins, Charles O'Leary, John Grabowski, Wilcy Moore, and others. Period fountain pen signatures generally rate 3 to 5/6 out of 10 with a few that have faded from view. Ball displays light even toning wtih a hint of wear and retains bold stampings. Includes full LOA from PSA/DNA and auction LOA from JSA: VG-EX ($4,000-$6,000) DNS
See a Picture of this Item 184 Fine Babe Ruth original painting by Lance Richbourg c.1986. Original abstract watercolor on artist paper depicting Ruth in Red Sox uniform from the 1915-18 period. Beautiful use of color and light abounds in this fine rendering by noted baseball artist Lance Richbourg whose passion for the game was born from watching his father (of the same name) play in the Major Leagues from 1919-1938. Richbourg's works are especially known for their use of light in capturing the various nuances of the game within the subject matter. The Ruth painting measures 22"x30" in a museum quality wooden shadowbox frame and is signed at bottom right by Richbourg. Original Kolin Gallery, Los Angeles paper label affixed to verso. Exceptional original Babe Ruth artwork rating as one of the finer works by a widely lauded sports artist: EX-MT ($7,500-$10,000) DNS
See a Picture of this Item 185 Babe Ruth et. al autographed c.1930s scrapbook cover (incl. 8 HOFers) with related "Goudey Gum Co." letter. Heavy stock 7"x11.5" cover removed from a period scrapbook (with gilted titling on unsigned side) has been signed by (20) incl. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Walter Johnson, Bill Dickey, Jimmie Foxx, Heinie Manush, Mickey Cochrane, Red Ruffing, and others. A dozen, including the prominent names, are done in fountain pen rating 7-8 out of 10 while the balance appear in pencil rating 6/7-8. Horizontal crease just below Gehrig's autograph and a minute tear above are the only condition issues worthy of note. Accompanied by a 1934 dated letter on "Goudey Gum Co." stationary (signed by the Treasurer) which references the album to which the cover was previously affixed as having been sent to the noted maker of baseball cards whom states that he is passing it along to Lou Gehrig to have signed. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Sigs. EX-NM, Cover EX ($2,500-$4,500) $2,400.00
See a Picture of this Item 186 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig professional model baseball bat display piece. Pair of Louisville Slugger 125 professional model baseball bats handsomely displayed in a shadowbox style frame with image of the two Yankees sluggers and a titled brass placard. Gehrig bat dates to the 1943-49 labeling period and measures 35" long weighing 305. oz. Model #G69 stamped on knob end with a restored handle crack: VG-EX. Ruth bat measures 35" long with 1921-31 labeling period weighing 37.6oz. Bat has some indentations to the back of the barrel with 35" stamped on knob end: VG-EX. Very fine display piece with similar visual appeal of Ruth and Gehrig game model bats. ($3,000-$5,000) DNS
See a Picture of this Item 187 Jimmie Foxx single signed baseball. Moderately toned Frick NL baseball signed across a side panel and sweet spot by Foxx in blue fountain pen. Signature remains very bold and rates 8 out of 10. Ball itself exhibits some moderate toning along with some areas of minor surface abrasion. Recipient+s name (Joyce Bain) has been signed on adjacent side panel in faded blue ink. Foxx single signature baseballs remain among the most difficult to obtain of the 500 Home Run club members with the offered example presenting nicely with a notably bold autograph. Includes auction LOA from JSA and full LOA from PSA/DNA: Bal : VG-EX, Signature: NM ($4,000-$6,000) DNS
See a Picture of this Item 188 1975 New York Yankees autographed professional model baseball bat with Thurman Munson. Adirondack 302 BigStick model 248A bat with "Elliate Maddox" player name (misspelled) block lettered into the barrel. Signed throughout by (9) members of the 1975 Yankees incl. Thurman Munson, Lou Pinella, Graig Nettles, Elliott Maddox, and Chris Chambliss. Bobby Bonds and Pat Dobson is clubhouse signed. Black marker signatures rate 8-8/9 out of 10 with Munson, situated in ideal area, being bold and emminantly displayable. Bat displays light usage and surface wear. Includes auction LOA from JSA and LOA from Hunt Auctions: Bat EX/MT, Sigs. NM-MT ($2,000-$3,000) $1,400.00
See a Picture of this Item 189 Rare 1929 New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Athletics at Yankee Stadium panoramic photograph. Sweeping original sepia tone image taken from the right/center field vantage point at New York's Yankee Stadium during a game played between the Yankees and the Philadelphia Athletics. Beautiful image shows a full crowd watching the game played on June 22, 1929 with Babe Ruth clearly visible at bat under magnification. Image itself measures 8"x25" on original cabinet mount in three sectional images as commonly seen of the era. Contrast and clarity are very strong with some scattered surface wear to the emulsion. Hand notated titling by New York photography studio "Cosmo" at bottom right corner with "Phila.-Yankee June 22-29" an bottom margin. Matted and framed. First such example we have handled or encountered with period Yankee Stadium panoramic photography seldom offered at auction: VG-EX ($2,000-$4,000) DNS
See a Picture of this Item 190 Lou Gehrig original painting by Arthur Miller. Handsome potrait rendering of the Iron Horse posed in Yankees pinstriped jersey by noted sports artist Arthur Miller. 13"x18" housed in a Victorian wooden frame with floral border dÄcor. Signed by artist (visible under matting): EX-MT ($1,000-$2,000) $550.00
See a Picture of this Item 191 Babe Ruth original painting by Arthur Miller. Striking original oil on board rendering by noted artist Arthur Miller picturing Ruth standing in Yankees pinstriped uniform holding a bat. 12"x16" framed in museum quality gilt lined black wooden frame. Signed by Miller at upper left corner: NM ($2,000-$4,000) $1,700.00
See a Picture of this Item 192 Rare Babe Ruth autographed large format photograph dated 1947. Oversized black and white 16"x20" photograph displaying artlike clarity and strong contrast has been signed, "To My Good Friend Jack Lester, From Babe Ruth, 1947." Period fountain pen signature rates 6/7-7 out of 10. Lester was then the District Manager for the Ford Motor Company in Cincinnati and we have located an image of he and Ruth which is noted on back as being taken on August 4, 1947. Image itself shows a touch of extremely minor scattered wear (largely mentioned for accuracy) with a few scattered surface wrinkles. A flaw within the print (at upper edge) suggests that it is a second period print (though by nature done in 1947 or earlier). Given the obscure nature of printed photographs of such size relative to era, and the process involved in production, this is not at all unexpected. Exceedinly rare with this being one of a select few substantive photographs of Ruth in this large size which we have offered. Includes full LOA from PSA/DNA: Photo EX/MT-NM, Sig. EX-EX/MT ($7,500-$10,000) DNS
See a Picture of this Item 193 Outstanding Babe Ruth single signed baseball c. 1940s . Very lightly toned Wm. Harridge American League baseball signed across the sweet spot in blue fountain pen by Babe Ruth. The signature rates a resounding 9 out of 10 and could reasonably be argued to rate higher. The ball itself retains its navy blue league stampings along with a small -U.S.+ above the manufacturer+s sweet spot denoting its production during WWII. Ball surface remains uniform overall with no game use and only some very minor age toning. This particular specimen was originally obtained by a Naval Chief Petty Officer who was stationed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The officer was responsible for training sailors in physical fitness and sports recreation during which time he had the occasion to meet Ruth at his Riverside apartment in New York. Ruth signed several baseballs for the men one of which (the offered example) the young officer retained and subsequently descended within his family. During our 22 years in conducting auctions we have had the privilege of offering some of the finest Babe Ruth single signed baseballs to have entered the marketplace inclusive of the current highest graded exemplar. In that spirit, we feel inherently confident that this particular Ruth signed baseball is quite literally among the very finest we have offered to date with its only superior being the aforementioned highest graded example. Truly incredible Ruth signed item. Includes auction LOA from JSA along with a full LOA from PSA/DNA (Graded: Ball: 6, Signature: 9, Overall Grade 7): Ball: EX-MT, Signature: NM/MT-MT ($75,000-$100,000) $70,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 194 Ty Cobb autographed c.1909 "Souvenir Photos" folio. Period piece done in textured rag paper stock has "Souvenir Photos of Ty Cobb+" titling printed within front cover design. Interior features a pair of tipped in 3.5"x6" black and white printed photographs between which it has been signed, "Very Truly, Ty Cobb." Early fountain pen signature rates 7/8-8 out of 10 and booklet has a touch of light general handling/age wear. Measures 6.5"x10" and displays at 13"x10" when opened. Exceptional career era piece and one of the nicer Cobb related items we have handled as of late. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Overall EX/MT ($1,500-$2,500) $1,500.00
See a Picture of this Item 195 Ty Cobb autographed Louisville Slugger "Science of Batting" booklet. Multi-page vintage publication has been signed on the cover, "Ty Cobb 7/7/52" in green fountain pen rating 6/7-7 out of 10. Book itself has mild toning throughout and light wear to corners/edges. Uncommon signed piece and one of the only such examples we have handled with no personalization as signed by Cobb. Includes full LOA from JSA: Overall EX ($1,500-$2,500) $1,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 196 1919 Christy Mathewson full name signed "Special Orders" document related to his ill fated Military service. One of baseball's greatest talents and most celebrated players, Christy Mathewson. Important document served as an Official set of Mathewson's travel orders noting that his "services are no longer required in the A.E.F." (American Expeditionary Forces) and returned him to the United States. Signed in period fountain pen beneath "True Copy" text, "Christopher Mathewson Capt. C.W.S." rating 8 out of 10. This lot is accompanied by a letter of Authenticity from JSA. ($5,000-$7,000) $6,500.00
See a Picture of this Item 197 Honus Wagner autographed personal check. Fine example dated May 5, 1920 executed and signed by Wagner in black fountain pen signed "John H. Wagner" rating 9 out of 10. Check is encapsulated and graded PSA 8 NM-MT (crack to the plastic holder). Includes auction LOA from JSA: NM ($1,500-$2,500) $1,188.00
See a Picture of this Item 198 Honus Wagner, Fred Clarke, and Tommy Leach autographed photograph - Stars of the 1909 World Series Champion Pirates. Sepia toned photograph based on the original which was taken in 1909 during the Pirates Championship season shows the trio around which the team was built. Signed in fountain pen by "Honus Wagner" (8 out of 10) and "Fred Clarke" (6/7-7) with "Tommie Leach" done in ink (8). In addition, both Leach and Clarke have signed the back with each adding a short handwritten note (Leach mentions his participation in the 1903 World Series, Clarke his 22 years in the National League). Image itself has a touch of silvering with little mentionable wear. Framed for display in gallery style to 12"x13" overall, the 3.25"x4.5" image is mounted along one edge with framer's tape which has effect on notes/signatures (unknown if this can be removed). Exceptional piece showcasing the Pirates greatest early 20th talent. The Wagner signature exhibits areas where it appears to have been partially enhanced likely by Wagner himself based on similarity of ink and handwriting style. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Photo EX/MT, Sigs. EX/MT-NM ($2,500-$3,500) $950.00
See a Picture of this Item 199 Honus Wagner single signed baseball c.1930s. Spalding F.Frick Official National League baseball has been signed across the side panel, "J.Honus Wagner." Period fountain pen signature rates 6/7-7 out of 10. Ball displays mild even toning with some very minor scattered discoloration and wear. Stampings have faded a bit but remain well defined. Choice example of an extremely desirable and seldom offered key single. Includes auction LOA from JSA: Sig. VG/EX-EX, Ball EX ($5,000-$7,500) $6,000.00
See a Picture of this Item 200 Lefty Grove single signed baseball. Lightly toned -Big League+ marked baseball has been signed across the sweetspot, -Lefty Grove+ in ink rating 7/8 out of 10. A -Clark+ candy bar within stampings denotes it was likely a promotional piece done in the 1970s. Choice example with desirable sweetspot positioning has little mentionable wear. Includes full LOA from PSA/DNA: EX/MT-NM ($3,000-$5,000) DNS
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