Lot 1. Honus Wagner Truly Unique Bat and a Fantastic 1901 Pittsburgh Pirates Program. 1. Honus Wagner Truly Unique Bat and a Fantastic 1901 Pittsburgh Pirates Program. With the arrival of Wagner in 1900, the Pirates were soon transformed from an also-ran to a strong competitor for the National League championship. From 1900 through 1910, Pittsburgh captured four pennants and a world championship. Meanwhile, Wagner earned seven batting titles and led the league in RBI four times. If the N.L. had chosen an MVP in 1901, Wagner would have been a top candidate. He led the league in RBI with 126, a career high, and 49 stolen bases. He also contributed to the Pirates’ first N.L. title with 194 hits and a .353 batting average. THE BAT: Before 1905, when Wagner signed the first ever bat endorsement contract with Louisville Slugger, baseball lacked hard limits on bat lengths and weights. That’s not to suggest that Wagner ever contemplated striding to the plate with his 42.5-INCH, 5-POUND special dark-brown bat offered here! The history and use of the bat are uncertain. Through Wagner’s granddaughter, our consignor did learn that bat belonged to the Flying Dutchman. She recalls seeing him swing it. It might have been an award for his 1901 MVP-like season. He might have swung it as he waited on deck to face an opposing pitcher. He certainly would not have needed to add a weight to it to lighten the feel of his game bat! THE BAT is truly one-of-a-kind. “Hans (Honus) Wagner” is painted on the barrel, and “1901 PBBC (Pittsburgh Base Ball Club),” on a ring around the end of the bat. THE PROGRAM: Accompanying the bat is one of the finest 1901 Pirates programs known. The eight-page (plus covers) program is scored for a 15-2 win over the Brooklyn Superbas (Dodgers) on July 20. Wagner (at third base), Fred Clarke and Ginger Beaumont are in the pre-printed lineup for Pittsburgh, and Joe Kelley and Willie Keeler for Brooklyn. The program has photos and profiles of Tommy Leach, Wagner, Chief Zimmer, John Donahue, Jesse Tannehill, John O’Connor, Ed Poole, Sam Leever, Jack Chesbro, Lewis Wiltse, Beaumont, Claude Ritchey and Fred Ely, and photos of Clarke (outside back cover), Deacon Phillipe and William Bransfield. The program is ex, clean and free of creases, with “1901” in pen on the front cover. The back cover has small corner chips, and the pages in the second half of the program have small chips in the upper right corner. MORE ABOUT THE BAT: Our consignor has provided a notarized letter stating what is known about the bat’s history. In it, he recounts a conversation with Wagner’s granddaughter, Leslie Ann Roberts (Blair). The letter states that she “confirmed this Bat was that of Honus Wagner. It … probably was an Award Bat – or used by Honus in practice.” The Bat is from the personal collection of George Ryden, Pittsburgh’s first full-time sports collectibles dealer and a well respected collector and fixture in the hobby for more than 45 years. “Unique” is high on the list of adjectives misused and overused. In this case, it absolute fits!
Winning Bid $4,608
Lot 2. 1889 A35 Goodwin & Co. Baseball Round Album Framed to Display Page Fronts and Backs. Technological advances in lithography, especially in the second half of the 19th century, produced what author Jay T. Last calls “the explosive development and use of color images” in America. Various book illustrations, trade cards, advertisements and posters remain among the most magnificent printed items ever produced. Goodwin & Co.’s round album, lithographed by Knapp & Co. of New York, provides a superb example of what could be accomplished with the new printing techniques. Among Goodwin’s brands were Old Judge and Dog’s Head Cigarettes, each promoted inside one of the album covers. Knapp & Co. could trace its origins to 1846. After collecting the pages to constitute a complete album, our consignor concluded that such beauty should not be hidden in a drawer or album or safe deposit box. It was meant to be enjoyed each day. A Pittsburgh studio double-matted the 10 pages of the album and framed them so that not only the fronts can be seen, but the backs as well. The resulting framed display, which measures 29” x 40.5”, is stunning. The fronts of the album pages are glorious, with colors and images that seem to jump off the page. Except for the Goodwin promotional page, the backs show light or light-to-moderate uneven toning or staining. No evidence of back damage exists. Each page is approximately 8 1/8” in diameter with a single punch hole, as produced. At a glance, the front of each page has an ex-m appearance; the fronts are free of stains. With close examination, they show the following: Monte Ward, small crease between 9 and 10 o’clock; Cap Anson, minor professional restoration to the left of the punch hole (about 1/4" x 1/8") and otherwise ex-m; Mike Kelly, ex-m; Charles Comiskey, a tiny edge nick at 12 o’clock and two very small edge creases; Connor, Gore, O’Rourke and Richardson, two tiny edge bumps; Ewing, Keefe, Ward and Welch, very minor restoration along the left edge and a light crease near the punch hole; Mascot, Murtrie, Titcomb and Whitney, light crease to the right of the punch hole; Brown, Foster, George and Tiernan, light crease right of the punch hole; Crane, Hatfield, Murphy and Slattery, ex-m; and a selection of Goodwin & Co. products, ex-m or better. The front and back covers are present but unframed. One has been professionally restored at the punch hole. The Old Judge advertising on the back has paper loss under the judge’s left eye. The other cover has seen minor restoration, and the Dog’s Head ad has a very small (3/8” x 1/8”) spot of paper loss. The back of the Goodwin promotional page describes the Round Album as “magnificent.” This and other superlatives apply, to the album generally - and to this framed display specifically!
Winning Bid $4,189
Lot 5. Near Set of 10 1904-05 PB-1 Baseball Position Pins. We’ve never seen a finer group of these pins, which are 1 ¼” in diameter and depict players with red jerseys and socks and white caps, pants, belts and shoes against a gold background. The lettering is black. Except for the Right Fielder, all of the pins have the paper insert on the back inviting customers to “Bring 5 Mothers or Malt or Butter-Nut Labels to Korn’s Bakery and Get One of These Buttons.” The condition of the inserts varies. In contrast, the fronts are, conservatively, nm-m. Every pin has advertising for Korn’s Mothers Bread. In addition to the Right Fielder, this collection has the Pitcher, Catcher, First Base, Second Base, Third Base, Left Field, Centre Field, Batsman and Umpire. The Captain and Short Stop are needed to complete the set.
Winning Bid $572
Lot 100. 1904 “Husky Hans” Sheet Music Honoring Honus Wagner. Published in Wagner’s home town of Carnegie, PA, the sheet music features his photo on the cover and honors him as “3 Times Champion Batsman of the National League.” This “stirring march and two-step” has lyrics that praise Wagner as “so modest in his way, Yet he’s the star, they say by far, of every game they play.” This copy of the sheet music has a chip in the lower left corner and a ½” split at the top of the spine. Except for the chip, it has a vg-ex appearance, free of any noticeable creases. Reproductions of this sheet music are on the market. This is a 1904 original.
Winning Bid $127
Lot 101. Pittsburgh Pirates’ Invitation to Raising the 1909 World Championship Pennant. Before beating the Cincinnati Reds, 8-3, at Forbes Field on June 30, the Pirates had an official ceremony formally raising “the World’s Championship Pennant.” The invitation to the event, approximately 6” x 6”, has an embossed version of the City of Pittsburgh logo at the top. Double-matted and framed to 11” x 11”, it shows light stains on the left side, a small edge tear in the upper left and a couple of scuffs that do not affect the type. The bottom of the invitation, which includes the time of the pennant raising (3:30 p.m.), is not present. The invitation displays well and is a wonderful memento of the Pirates’ first World Championship!
Winning Bid $198
Lot 102. Circa 1910 Forbes Field “Champion Pirates” Creamer. In 1909, the year Forbes Field opened, the Pirates of “Pittsburg” were world champions. The creamer, part of a set, is ex, free of cracks and chips. A small spot above “Forbes” is without paint, apparently as manufactured, and the gold leaf on the top rim shows wear. Text under the illustration of the ball park says “Forbes Field, Champion Pirates’ Baseball Park, Pittsburg, Pa.” The closing “h” was omitted from the city’s name from 1891-1911. The image of Forbes Field, the Pirates’ home until 1971, is strong.
Winning Bid $134
Lot 103. Circa 1910 Forbes Field “Champion Pirates” Bavarian Porcelain 6” Plate. An illustration of Forbes Field and text reading “Forbes Field, Champion Pirates’ Baseball Park, Pittsburg, Pa” decorate this plate. Ex-m without cracks or chips and gold leaf on the rim that shows essentially no wear. When the text was added, centering was imperfect, and “rk” is absent from “Park.” J&C Bavaria is credited on the back as the manufacturer. The 1909 Pirates were world champions. Spelling Pittsburgh without the “h” was common from 1891-1911.
Winning Bid $134
Lot 104. Forbes Field Wood and Metal Folding Chair. Our consignor obtained this gray chair from the locker room at Forbes Field, home to the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1909-70. Exactly when it arrived at the ball park is uncertain, but it may very well have been around for the careers of Honus Wagner, the Waner brothers, Ralph Kiner, Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell and other Pirates stars. Measuring 32” tall at the top of the back and 15.5” wide, the chair consists of a metal frame and a set with four slats for the seat. One slat has a crack 4” long, and the chair appears to have received multiple coats of paint over the decades. The old ball park disappeared from the Pittsburgh landscape more than 40 years ago, in the summer of 1971. This old chair remains to commemorate some of the best days in Pittsburgh baseball history.
Winning Bid $270
Lot 105. 1938 World Series Original Paul and Lloyd Waner Cartoon by Fred G. Reinert. This 11” x 12.5” cartoon, matted and framed to 14.5” x 16.5”, depicts the Waner brothers as the only Pirates left from the 1927 team that lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series. The 1938 Pirates looked as if they were headed for a World Series rematch with the Yankees. On Labor Day, they led the National League by seven games. But Pittsburgh slumped, Chicago surged, and in a three-game series in late September, the Cubs swept the Pirates and captured the pennant. The cartoon of the Waners is by Fred G. Reinert, sports cartoonist for the Cleveland “Plain Dealer” and designer of sports-related toys for Rempel Mfg. of Akron. It features outstanding images of the Pittsburgh Hall of Fame outfielders, is signed by Reinert and is ex-m.
Winning Bid $693
Lot 106. 1940s Stanford Pottery Pittsburgh Pirates Mascot Bank. The face, arms and hands of the “Pirate” mascot depicted in this version of the 7.75” hand-painted bank are reddish-brown. His hair is black. The remainder of the bank is white. The finish is glossy. Stanford Pottery created these banks for the disposal of razor blades. Variations abound. This example approaches perfection - nm-m+ to mint.
Winning Bid $182
Lot 107. Panoramic Photo of the 1942 Pittsburgh Pirates at Spring Training in San Bernardino, CA. This wonderful 6” x 22 ¾” original sepia photo is professionally matted and framed to 13 5/8” x 30 3/8”. Thirty-nine Pirates are in the photo. With two exceptions, the name of each is written in pen on his chest. Coach Honus Wagner is part of a team that includes manager Frankie Frisch, Al Lopez, Frankie Gustine, Rip Sewell, Elbie Fletcher, Pete Coscarart, Bob Elliott, Babe Phelps, coach Spud Davis and Johnny Wyrostek. The photo has three creases from the bottom edge than can be seen only close-up. Outstanding display item!
Winning Bid $204
Lot 108. Rare Pittsburgh Pirates Tomahawk Rattle. The origins of this fascinating, primitive implement are uncertain. Approximately 12” long and a much as 3.75” across, it is constructed from a thin tree branch that extends through a “drum” with a core made of cardboard-like heavy paper. Each end of the drum is covered by a relatively thin membrane. One end has a baseball printed on and says “Pittsburgh, Pa.” The other end is imprinted with “Pittsburgh Pirates” and decorated with a drawing representing the sun. Do a “Tomahawk Chop,” and the rattles inside the drum capture your attention. The rattle is free of problems.
Winning Bid $100
Lot 110. Very Rare Pittsburgh Pirates 1958 World Series Game 6 Phantom Ticket. From 1950-57, the Pirates finished either last or next-to-last in the N.L. In 1958, their fans finally had something to cheer about as the challenged Milwaukee for the league pennant. They ended the season in second place, eight games behind the Braves. They came close enough to the title, however, to print, at least, sample World Series tickets. This sample, for a first floor reserve seat, is ex. It is free of any problems that detract from its appearance.
Minimum Bid $100
Lot 113. Pittsburgh Pirates 1960 World Championship Collection – Club House Pass, Ashtrays, Etc. One dozen collectibles make up this collection, which commemorates the Pirates’ National League pennant and victory over the heavily favored New York Yankees in the World Series. The collection includes “1960 World Series Forbes Field” Club House pass no. 311. The 3.5” x 3.5” pass is ex. Two ashtrays are included. A 5.25” (diameter) ashtray proclaims the Pirates “National League Champions,” and a 7.75” example, “World Champions.” Both are ex-m. Another highlight is a “Beat ‘em Bucs” popcorn megaphone, vg-ex; it displays very nicely. Also: 5. “World Champs” black and gold glass that has the Pirates’ mascot on the front and the World Series results, including the winning pitcher, on the back. Nm. 6. “Beat Em Bucs” black and white beanie. Ex-m+. 7. “Beat ‘Em Bucs” black and gold beanie with a Pirate holding a dagger in his teeth. 8. “Beat ‘Em, Bucs” necktie. Nm. 9. “Beat ‘Em Bucs” 45 rpm record by Benny Benack, Robbee label, appears to be unplayed, nm-m (visual). 10. “The Impossible Pirates: Sixty Incredible Years of Baseball.” This 33 1/3 rpm phonograph record is ex+ (visual) in a vg+ album jacket that shows Bill Mazeroski about to cross home plate after his historic game-winning 9th inning home run in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. Bob Prince and Rosey Roswell provide some of the narration. 11. “Elroy Face-Hal Smith: 2 Bucs at the Holiday House,” 33 1/3 rpm record from Robbee. Face and Smith are pictured on the front cover in matching outfits singing and playing guitars. Nm record (visual), vg jacket. 12. Plastic 9” “Official Green Weenie,” opened, instructions remain on back, ex-m. Delightful collection from the Pirates’ dramatic 1960 campaign.
Winning Bid $141
Lot 114. Pirates’ 1971 Championship Collection – World Series Stub, Stargell Print, Ashtrays, Etc. This collection comprises 10 items, including bats and a print featuring Willie Stargell. The two-part ticket stub, for Game 5 at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium, is vg-ex. Nellie Briles pitched a two-hitter and Gene Clines and Bob Robertson delivered key hits as the Pirates beat Baltimore, 4-0, and took a 3-2 lead in the series. A Pittsburgh pass for the series is signed by Thomas Ferrick, a major league pitcher for five teams from 1941-51. It and a pass for the 1971 season are nm; the season pass has a printed horizontal line. A 7.75” ashtray reproduces part of the front page from Oct. 18, 1971 “Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.” A large headline declares “We’re the Champs: Blass, Clemente Stop Orioles, 2-1.” Nm. Another 7.75” ashtray commemorates Willie Stargell’s chicken restaurant in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. A rooster in the center of the ashtray wears a Pirates uniform. “Chicken on the Hill” is above, and “Pittsburgh Pirates” below. Nm. Frequently when Stargell came up to bat, Pirates broadcaster Bob Prince would urge him to “spread some chicken on the Hill.” Stargell is featured in a 19” x 22” color lithograph that depicts him and other Pirates celebrating after they won the World Series and in a first day cover marking his induction into the Hall of Fame on July 31, 1988. The FDC is vg+ to ex. Widely respected artist Rich Marks created the artwork for the lithograph, #699 of 4,000, and signed it. Ex. The Pirates commissioned Marks to do limited edition prints of the celebration. Also in this collection are a Pirates logo cap and two bats, one with Phil Garner’s name, and the other, with Tim Foli’s. All three were part of Pirates promotions. The Garner bat, sponsored by Coca-Cola, is 30.5” long, and the Foli bat, a Kellogg’s promotion, is 28”. Both show light to moderate use.
Winning Bid $152