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Lot 262.  Tinker, Evers and Chance Display Featuring Original Paintings by Mark Rucker. Widely recognized and respected for his knowledge and collection of vintage baseball images, Rucker has co-written baseball books, received awards from the Society for American Baseball Research and produced covers for various publications. In the mid-1980s, our consignor, an inveterate Chicago Cubs fan and optimist, commissioned him to create a display with the Cubs memorialized in Franklin Pierce Adams’ 1910 poem – Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance. The result is an original individual painting of each Hall of Fame star displayed with a scene from Chicago’s West Side Grounds as a backdrop. The Cubs played at the West Side facility from 1893 to 1915. Rucker employed gouache, cedar board and paper to create the display. The images of Tinker and Evers are approximately 4.5” x 7.5” to 8.5”. The horizontal painting of Chance is approximately 5” x 9”. Each painting is mounted on a heavy backing that can be removed from the display. The background shows a nearby building, spectators and a sign for the “Sporting News.” Measuring 30” across x 16.5” tall x 9” deep, the display has wood sides and bottom. Plexiglas is on the top and front could be removed to make the display more “open” and accessible. The back provides images of the ball park. This Mark Rucker original will stand out impressively wherever it is displayed!
Winning Bid $242     

Lot 263.  1870s Chicago Baseball Club Bib-Front Uniform Metal Figure. These uncommon figures, 7” tall, were used as a central element in oil lamps. They also were displayed alone, typically resting on a somewhat heavy base. The association of this cast metal figure with Chicago is affirmed by the “C” on the bib jersey and “Chicago Club” on the player’s belt. It shows light wear and some tiny spots that only add to its character in its 140th (or so) year.
Winning Bid $327     

Lot 267.  1907 “Cubs on Parade” Rare Sheet Music. The 1907 Cubs marched to the team’s first world championship, outdistancing Pittsburgh by 17 games and then sweeping the Detroit Tigers after playing to a tie in the first game. Composer H. R. Hempel caught the spirit the baseball season. He dedicated his “Cubs on Parade” to Frank Chance, the Cub’s manager and first baseman. An inset on the sheet music cover shows Chance “discussing the situation” with club owner Charles Murphy. The sheet music is vg with various small creases and two edge tears, both less than ½” inch. It was framed at one time, and the edges, which were covered by a matt, are very slightly darker than the rest of the cover. Three staples have been added along the left side, and a small piece of tape is at the top on the back. The sheet music is complete, displays nicely and will be an entertaining addition to a Cubs collection.
Winning Bid $204     

Lot 268.  Rare 1908 Sheet Music Featuring Johnny Evers and Joe Tinker, Composers. After the Chicago Cubs won their first world championship in 1907, Tinker, Evers, Frank Chance and other Cubs were more popular than ever. Chicago music publisher W. R. Williams (Will) Rossiter capitalized on their popularity by publishing sheet music for a song titled “Between You and Me,” attributed to the two middle infielders. Both are pictured on the sheet music cover, with facsimile autographs below. The song is a romantic number that begins with “Two lovers stroll together, two lovers hand in hand.” This copy of the sheet music is fair, complete with tape inside holding the front cover to the inside and color added along the top right edge. Some stray pencil marks are on the front. Matted and framed, it will make an attention-grabbing display piece.
Winning Bid $125     

Lot 269.  Mordecai Brown Memorabilia, Johnny Evers and “The Greatest Ball Game Ever Played.” What was baseball’s greatest game ever? For the editors and writers who produced the Oct. 17, 1908 edition of “Harper’s Weekly,” it was the game nine days earlier at the Polo Grounds between the Chicago Cubs and New York Giants. A 4-2 victory in the playoff game earned the Cubs their third consecutive National League championship. They went on to capture their second straight world championship. Fred Merkle’s infamous base running error made the game necessary. In a Sept. 23 game, the two teams were tied in the bottom of the ninth inning. Merkle, a first baseman for the Giants, was on first base with two outs when Al Bridwell delivered a hit that sent Moose McCormick home with what appeared to be the winning run. With victory apparently theirs, Giants fans poured onto the field. In the ensuing tumult, Merkle failed to touch second base. When the Cubs appealed, the umpires called Merkle out, canceling McCormick’s run. The game was then called because of darkness. In the playoff game, Three Finger Brown relieved Cubs starter Jake Pfiester in the first inning and pitched his team to victory against Christy Mathewson. Various items offered here relate to the game or key players. A page from the Oct. 10 “Harper’s Weekly” provides photos from the 1908 season, including one from the Polo Grounds. A page from the Oct. 17 edition presents 13 photos from the Oct. 8 championship game. Brown is the subject of several items: 1. He’s on the cover of the April 15, 1911 issue of the “Police Gazette.” Vg. 2. A 1910-11 S74 white silk. This example is free of stains and shows only the slightest fraying. 3. An incomplete article from the April 25, 1948 “American Weekly” that describes Brown’s throwing hand as a “Lucky Handicap.” 4. A 1913 magazine page showing the throwing hands of Brown, Christy Mathewson, Chief Bender and several other pitchers. 5. An 11.75” x 18” red, white and blue poster promoting Brown’s “How to Pitch Curves” publication. The back of the poster has photos of premiums available to boys who delivered “The Saturday Blade” and “The Chicago Ledger.” Vg-ex and accompanied by an original envelope for mailing the poster. 6. Two postcards from the W. D. Boyce Co., which published Brown’s publication. Also included in this collection are two Johnny Evers items. Evers scored one of the runs in the Cubs’ Oct. 8 victory. One is a second edition of Evers’ book, “Touching Second,” 1910, vg, published without a dust jacket. The other is the Aug. 1, 1936 issue of “Liberty” magazine, which has an article by Evers titled “Tumult on the Diamond.” Vg.
Winning Bid $127     

Lot 271.  Chicago Cubs Rare 1930 “Fan the Cubs to Victory” Schedule and Paper Fan. This 7.25” x 9” die-cut, printed in brown, has a bear holding a bat on the front and the Cubs’ 1930 home schedule on the back. The die-cut is essentially free of creases. It has a 3/8” tear along the right edge and couple of tiny areas of paper loss. Vg-ex. The stick has been broken in two places; on break has been repaired, and the other is inconsequential on the back. In the last 35+ years, we have seen only two other examples, and this is easily the best of the three.
Winning Bid $218     

Lot 272.  Very Rare 1930s Chicago Cubs Full-Sized Pennant with an Upright Bear. The Cub on this 26.5” orange on black pennant holds a bat. “Chicago Cubs” appears to the right. It looks as if the pennant once had tabs, but no longer does. That aside, it is a strong, quality ex-m+ example with strong colors and essentially no evidence of paint cracking.
Winning Bid $240     

Lot 273.  Chicago Cubs 1930s Very Rare Full-Sized Pennant with a Bear and a Cub. The bear pair is at the left of this 28” white on red pennant. To the right, large letters, which have a three dimensional appearance, say “Chicago Cubs.” The pennant is vg+ to ex with two small pin holes, very slight rounding at the tip and a stain along the spine.
Winning Bid $148     

Lot 274.  Chicago Cubs Rare 1940s Three-Quarter Size Pennant. This 8.5” x 25.5” pennant is faded from white on blue to white on gray and has a 1” circular stain at the left. It is free of holes or significant cracks in the paint. Vg-ex.
Winning Bid $85     

Lot 275.  Chicago Cubs 1950s Full-Sized Pennant with a Brown Bear Inside Wrigley Field. Ex-m to nm with a cub standing upright in the infield of the Chicago ball park, which is multi-colored. “Chicago Cubs” is in white on a purple field.
Winning Bid $168     

Lot 276.  1969 Chicago “Cub Power” Rare Pennant with Photos of Banks, Santo and Williams. From 1961 through 1969, Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Billy Williams constituted one of baseball’s more formidable power-hitting trios. Except for 1963, when they collected only 68 home runs, they collectively contributed at least 73 home runs to the Cubs’ cause. Their production peaked at 95 in 1965. The blue and white on red full-sized pennant has a 4.75” x 6.5” black & white photo of the three sluggers. “Cub Power” is in blue and white to the right. The pennant’s tip is clipped, and there is a larger tack hole toward the clip and a smaller one on the spine. Including the photo, this pennant is free of easily noticeable creases. Vg to vg-ex.
Winning Bid $120     

Lot 283.  St. Louis Browns 1944 “American League Champions” 2.25” Pin. The 1944 Browns edged out Detroit by one game for their only A.L. title during their 50+ seasons in Missouri. In the World Series, they lost to the Cardinals in six games. Manufactured by the St. Louis Button Co., the brown and orange pin on white is ex-m.
Winning Bid $121     

Lot 284.  Oversized St. Louis Browns Pin Commemorating Their 1944 American League Title. In their 44th major league season, the St. Louis Browns finally captured the American League pennant. They finished only one game ahead of the Detroit Tigers. Facing the Cardinals in the World Series, they took a 2-1 lead but lost the next four games. After nine more seasons in St. Louis, eight of them with losing records, the Browns relocated to Baltimore. This pin, 6” in diameter, marks the pinnacle of the Browns’ success. With the team’s brown and orange logo in the center, brown letters at the top declare them to be “American League Champions,” and letters below provide the year. The pin has a paper back, and in place of the typical pinback, two large staples keep a large safety pin in place - AS MANUFACTURED by one of two premier pin companies located in St. Louis. The back is exceptionally clean and shows only the impression of the safety pin beneath the pin itself. This Browns pin is exceptional ex-m+ to nm. MB
Winning Bid $218     

Lot 286.  Cincinnati Reds Collection of Books, Media Guides, Programs, Pins, News Clippings, Etc. More than 120 individual items make up this collection: 1. Warren Giles business card as general manager of the Reds (1937-51), ex. 2-3. 1943 Reds ticket and program with a special cover for a July 28 twilight-night fundraiser doubleheader with players from the Great Lakes Naval Training Station facing Reds and Boston Braves players before the regular Reds-Braves game. Proceeds were for the War Relief and Service Fund. The 16-page scorecard, which has the regular cover inside, is neatly scored for a 4-3 Reds’ win over the Braves. Vg. Likely because of weather, the major league game was actually played July 29. One-half of the ticket is present. 4-9. Six printer metal plates with 1.75” x 2.5” photos of Frank Robinson, Concepcion, Anderson, Tebbetts, Perez and Post. 10. A 6” x 10” metal printer’s plate of an action photo involving the Reds. 11-12. Two hardback books, “The Big Red Machine” by Bob Hertzel, 1976, ex-m book and ex dust jacket, and “Cincinnati’s Greatest Sports Stories,” Pat Harmon, 1978 ex-library, cover glued on. 13. Christmas Card “from the team of the ‘70s!” with “ornaments” for various N.L. West, N.L. or World championships, ex-m. 14. 1994 Reds’ yearbook, vg+ to ex. 15-17. Three Reds’ programs, one for 1995 and two for 1996, all different with Barry Larkin covers, ex-m. 18-19. 1984 and 1989 (name on cover) Reds’ media guides, ex. 20. 1993 scorecard for a Major League Old Timers game with a “Special Tribute to Pete Rose,” ex. 21-24. Newspaper or magazine photos – Ewell Blackwell portrait on the April 15, 1951 “Pictorial Enquirer” cover, vg; a page from an unidentified magazines with b&w photos of Blackwell on each side, ex; Nuxhall, Burgess, Tebbetts and Post on the Aug. 14, 1955 “Pictorial Enquirer” cover, tear in upper left, vg, and a page from the same issue with Kluszewski and others, ex. 25. B&w photos of Bill McKechnie on the inside of a binder page. 26-27. An envelope with 1976 promotional materials for “Reds Alert” magazine. 28-29. A Red Rooter’s Club envelope with a brochure for the 1983 spring training tour to Tampa. 30-33. An attached group of four phantom tickets, two for the 1987 NLCS and two for the World Series, ex-m, “Souvenir” stamped on the back. 34. Steve Foster Athletes in Action tract, ex. 35. 1975 ballot for the Reds’ Hall of Fame, folded twice. 36. 1959 Reds’ home schedule and Arrow Express bus schedule, ex. 37-38. 1941 and 2006 Reds’ pocket home schedules. 39. 2007 ticket brochure. 40. 1975 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum newsletter. 41. 1940 N.L. schedule from the Reds, vg. 42-43. A Crosley Field seating plan and a news clipping with a photo of the 1938 All-Star Game. 44-45. Two full newspaper pages with coverage of the 1938 All-Star Game at Crosley Field. One page is heavily damaged. The other has photos of the stars, including DiMaggio, Foxx, Grove and Feller. 46. “Get Well” card with the Reds’ mascot signed by “The Hank Zureicks.” Zurieck was the Reds’ publicity director for 16 years. 47. Aug. 18, 1936 “News of the Reds” newsletter with such headlines as “‘Mickey’ Is Nickname for Reds’ New Jewish Recruit” and “Why Johnny Mize Is Not with the Cincinnati Reds,” vg. 48. July 14, 1953 “Redleg News” newsletter, Kluszewski and Bell on the cover, ex-m. 49. Promotional brochure for Ethan Allen’s 1953 book “Major League Baseball,” p-f. Allen played for the Reds 1926-30. 50-119. 70 copies of the May 5, 1946 “News of the Reds,” ex-m. The newsletter promotes “Spectacular Pre-Game Shows” at Crosley Field and Grady Hatton as a possible Rookie of the Year. 120. Johnny Bench Distributing Co. cloth patch, nm. 12-123. “Rosie Reds” 3.5” pin, vg-ex; 3” cloth patch, nm-m, and faux stained-glass image, mint. 124. Reds’ keychain, mint in the original package. A fine collector or dealer group with excellent potential break-up value.
Winning Bid $83     

Lot 287.  3 Scrapbooks with Cincinnati Reds, the Kennedy Assassination and Baseball Humor. Possibly the most interesting section of these scrapbooks is a group of 40+ double-spaced typewriter pages titled “Laughs in Baseball.” These pages contain anecdotes and humorous stories either about or told by such baseball figures as Babe Ruth, Casey Stengel, Sad Sam Jones, Kid Gleason, Rabbit Maranville and Ty Cobb. Whether these stories are original or were collected from various published works is not clear. Various Cincinnati Reds eras are covered in the scrapbooks. One contains clippings from a 1935 newspaper series titled “Red Thumbnail Sketches.” Among the players profiled are Chick Hafey, Ernie Lombardi, Ival Goodman, Paul Derringer, Gene Schott and Lew Riggs. There also are lengthy articles on Kampouris and Riggs. The other has miscellaneous news clippings and offerings from the 1963 and 1964 “REDS’ SCRAPBOOK” published by “The Enquirer.” These clippings contain a photo, biographical sketch and statistics. The 1963 set has 33 clippings, and the 1964, 28, according to the 2011 edition of the “Beckett Almanac.” In reality, the 1964 set has at least 30 clippings. The group offered here contains 28, including Bobby Klaus and Jim O’Toole, which are not in the Beckett checklist. Missing from this group are Harper and Hutchinson. If the set is complete at 30, then the scrapbook has a near set of 28, including Pete Rose, Frank Robinson and Vada Pinson. Lincoln Curtis is also in this set; he failed to make the 1964 team and never had a turn in the majors. Sixteen of the 33 1963 clippings are present, including Robinson and Hutchinson. Twelve pages of clippings from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy are in one scrapbook, and so are 15 pages on various subjects, including eagles and the ability of animals to sense impending earthquakes. A composition book serves as the third scrapbook. It has 70+ pages of news clippings from the early 1930s. Many players are pictured, including Lombardi, Hafey, Babe Herman, Red Lucas, Harry Heilmann and Leo Durocher. The collection also has several loose items, including a 15.25” x 21” April 30, 1944 “Enquirer” spread with photos from the opening day of the season; an article in which Claire Ruth doubts that her husband’s career home run record will ever be broken, and a 1915 newsletter with an article on “Baseball and the Street Car.”
Minimum Bid $50     

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