Lot 1. 1888 A16 Allen & Ginter World Champions Album - Magnificently Framed! If you tend to keep your premium collectibles in a drawer or safe deposit box, this copy of the fabulous Allen & Ginter album may not be for you. If, however, you enjoy viewing quality, vintage artwork and lithography every day, this display should appeal to you. Each leaf, or page, of the 14-leaf album is double-matted and framed so that it can be viewed. Twelve leafs are printed on one side only. The two printed on both sides – the front and back covers – are framed so that the reverse can be seen on the back of the frame. The cover and three pages depict baseball players. John Ward shares the cover with boxer Jack Dempsey. Baseball players on the pages are: Glasscock, Mulvey and Comiskey; Clarkson and Caruthers; and Anson, Keefe, Bennett and Mike Kelly. The album also presents such familiar figures as Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill Cody and John L. Sullivan. The individual pages are clean and free of stains. As a result of the matting, we can’t see the corners. The front cover has creases and chips at the punched holes where the album was held together. Five pages, including the page with Comiskey, have tears of up to ½” at one of the holes. Otherwise, the pages, as viewable, are clean, bright and free of any significant creases. The overall display, which measures 32.75” x 40.5”, is impressive and has an ex-m appearance.
Current Bid $484
Lot 9. Vintage Incredibly Rare Pittsburgh Pirates Tomahawk Rattle. The origins of this fascinating, primitive implement are uncertain. Tradition and oral history have it as an instrument used to taunt the Boston Braves when they visited Pittsburgh in the 1930s. We have never seen another. Approximately 12” long and as much as 3.75” across, it is constructed from a thin tree branch that extends through a “drum,” which has an outer shell 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.” This end, as issued, is decorated with a tepee and what appears to be a broken arrow. Do a “Tomahawk Chop,” and the rattles inside make a sound that cannot be ignored. This rare device is free of problems.
Minimum Bid $200
Lot 10. Circa 1913 Pittsburg(h) Pirates Cigar Box. The spelling of Pittsburgh - with the “h” on the inside of the lid and without on the outside - helps to date this attractive display item as a relic of about 1913. That’s when Pittsburghers started the transition to spelling their city’s name consistently with the “h.” The label inside the lid and three side panels say “Pittsburgh.” On the outside of the lid, the “h” is missing. With the lid opened to show the blue, white and gold label, the 7” x 5.75” x 2.5” cigar box makes an exceptional display item. Except for a small chip in the upper right, the label is complete. The labels on the side panels are essentially complete. The box has a couple of stains on the outside. Inside the box are the original cloth ribbons that were used to bind the cigars together. Originally, we sold this box in 2003. Since then, we have looked for another – without success. A vintage, wonderful, unusual Pittsburgh item!
Current Bid $267
Lot 15. “The Pennant Winners 1889 New York (Giants) Base Ball Club” Commemorative Plate. This relic of 19th century baseball presents portraits of 20 members of the championship New York Giants Baseball Club. These individual portraits appear in a circular format: Connor, Ewing (captain), Welsh, Ward, Keefe, O’Rourke, Mutrie (manager), Murphy, Hatfield, Brown, Core, Tiernan, Titcomb, Crane, George, Cleveland, Foster, Weidman, Slattery and Richardson. This very rare and extremely desirable plate is free of cracks and displays beautifully.
Current Bid $393
Lot 16. St. Louis Browns “1944 American League Champions” 14K Gold Ring. After the Browns captured the A.L. pennant, this ring was give to Samuel Copp McCluney, an official of the team. His name, as “S. C. McCluney,” is engraved in the inner band. A St. Louis businessman, McCluney purchased an interest in the team in 1938. Later, he apparently served as treasurer of the Philadelphia Athletics. The ring has the Browns’ logo in the center of the face. An oval around the logo reads “American League Champions.” The right side of the ring displays a baseball and “19.” The left side says “St. Louis” and “44.” The 1944 Browns were the only team to win a pennant in the franchise’s history. With the ring weighing 14-15 grams, we estimate the value of the gold in it at more than $300. Of course, we hope this scarce memento of the Browns’ most successful team becomes a prized element of a Browns collection!
Current Bid $1,806
Lot 21. Max Carey’s 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates Team Photo – the Same as for the N.L. Champions Pin. Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1961, Carey was the Pirates’ captain and center fielder in 1925 when they captured the National League pennant and then defeated Washington in the World Series. This photo is from Carey’s collection. Given to him by the team prior to the World Series, it comes with a letter of authenticity signed by his son, Max Carey, Jr. Measuring somewhat more than 7” in diameter, the circular photo is matted and framed to 13.5” x 13.5” Ex. The composite photo presents the portraits of 28 Pirates, including Carey, Pie Traynor, manager Bill McKechnie, Fred Clarke, Ki Ki Cuyler, Babe Adams and owner Barney Dreyfuss. This same image was used in producing a pin that is among the largest and rarest of team pins connected to the World Series. Copies of the pin are rare. The photo is even rarer. We have never seen another.
Current Bid $400
Lot 22. Max Carey’s Son’s 1922 Pittsburgh Pirates Uniform and Accompanying Original Photo. At Carey’s request, Draper-Maynard made a uniform for Max Carey, Jr., to wear while he was on the field before games as the team practiced. The flannel jersey and pants are offered here, and each has a Draper-Maynard label inside. In black felt, the white jersey says “Pirates” across the front. The jersey and pants have some minor stains and a few tiny holes. The uniform is accompanied by a photo, from 1922, that shows Max Jr. wearing the uniform. The 7.5” x 10 sepia photo, matted to 11” x 13.75”, also shows Max Sr., Chief Yellowhorse, Pie Traynor, Rabbit Maranville, Charlie Grimm and others. Ex-m. The uniform comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Max Jr.
Current Bid $324
Lot 23. Dizzy and Daffy Dean 1935 Child’s Baseball Uniform in the Original Box. Sold as a “Baseball Play Suit” in 1935, this child’s baseball uniform comprises a jersey, pants, hat and belt. A 4” circular baseball pitcher on the jersey features an artist’s rendering of a pitcher in his delivery. On either side of the seams of the baseball are the names “Dizzy” and “Daffy.” “Dizzy Dean” and “Daffy Dean” are centered below the patch. “Dizzy” and “Daffy” appear on the jersey back above crossed bats and two baseballs. The size 12 jersey, pants and hat are made of gray flannel trimmed in maroon. The belt is black. Showing no signs of ever being worn, the uniform is essentially pristine. The colorful box that houses it has portraits of the Dean brothers. The box top has tears at two of the seams. As it approaches the age of 80, this uniform and box are in phenomenal condition.
Current Bid $332
Lot 24. 1930 Pie-Eyed Mickey Mouse Set of 4 Baseball Bisques – Catcher, Pitcher, Fielder, Batter. Among the most desirable of the Mickey Mouse bisques, these figures each stand approximately 3 ¼” tall. Each has “Mickey Mouse” impressed into his shorts or jersey on the front and “Walt E. Disney” into the shorts on the back. Except for the fielder, “Made in Japan” is somewhere on the figure. Each figure retains approximately 90 percent of its paint and is free of damage. These are excellent crossover items for the sports and Disneyana collector.
Current Bid $150
Lot 25. LeRoy Neiman Autographed Sketch of Bert Randolph Sugar. Educated as a lawyer, Sugar was a writer, editor, sports historian, promoter and raconteur. His contributions to boxing earned him a place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005. In 1969, he purchased “Boxing Illustrated” and edited it until 1973. From 1979-83, he was editor and publisher of “The Ring.” Among his boxing books are “Great Fights,” “Bert Sugar on Boxing,” “100 Years of Boxing,” “Sting Like a Bee” (Muhammad Ali autobiography written with José Torres) and “Boxing’s Greatest Fighters.” The International Veterans Boxing Association called him “the greatest boxing writer of the 20th century.” Sugar passed away in 2012. Neiman created the sketch of Sugar on Nov. 28, 2002. He dated it, signed it, and added “Bert Sugar at the Folk Art Museum as viewed from 6 ft.” His signature and the 4.5” x 5” sketch in pen and sharpie are nm-m. Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication authenticated the Neiman signature and additions. The sketch comes with a letter of authenticity from the Sugar estate. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged for a full LoA at a discount.
Current Bid $121
Lot 91. 1941 Goudey Baseball Wrapper. This beautiful wrapper housed cards from the final set issued by Goudey. It has the usual folds and a tiny chip in the bottom edge, apparently as manufactured. Clean, strong example with vibrant colors. Except for a wrapper that has never been used, it would be difficult to find a more desirable example.
Current Bid $172
Lot 92. 1941 Play Ball Baseball Wrapper. From the most attractive of the Play Ball sets, this wrapper may once have enclosed a card of Ted Williams or Joe DiMaggio. The wrapper promotes Al Schacht’s book “Clowning Through Baseball.” The wrapper has the usual folds, a ½” tear in the upper left corner and a smaller edge tear. It is clean and displays very nicely. As these wrapper go, it is outstanding!
Current Bid $218
Lot 152. Original Signed Painting for “Reader’s Digest” by “Sports Illustrated” Artist Frank Mullins. A magazine and book illustrator and reporter-artist who combined bold colors with an impressionist style, Mullins (1924-78) helped to shape the image and style of “Sports Illustrated” in the mid to late-1960s with his color illustrations. Beyond sports, he covered and created illustrations for oceanography and fiction. A member of the Society of Illustrators, he also contributed artwork to the "Saturday Evening Post," "Redbook" and the American Heritage series, "The Book of Knowledge." Mullins created this undated gouache on paper illustration, titled “Baseball’s Most Punishing Job,” for “Reader’s Digest.” Measuring approximately 14” x 17.5”, it is signed by Mullins. Nm. It is matted and framed to 17.25” x 21”. Originals by Mullins are rarely offered. This original comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Mrs. Sugar confirming that it is from the Bert Sugar collection.
Minimum Bid $300
Lot 154. Burris Jenkins Original Circa 1940 N.L. Pennant Race Cartoon. Recognized for his sports and editorial cartoons, Jenkins was one of the nation’s top cartoonists during his long career with the New York “Journal-American,” which began in the 1930s. Titled “Well, It’s No One Horse Race!” this 16” x 16” pencil drawing, on 18” x 17.75” paper, shows Brooklyn leading a horse race, with the Reds close behind. Only 5 ½” “lengths” separate the Dodgers’ horse from the Giants’, which is running last. In place of whips, the trailing jockeys employ baseball bats. The cartoon is signed by Jenkins and is undated. Final N.L. standings suggest that the cartoon is probably from 1939, 1940 or 1941. Whatever the year, the drawing is unusually large and detailed for an editorial or sports cartoon. The paper has a stain in the lower right, which is well outside the image area. Impressive! Accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Mrs. Sugar confirming that it is from the Bert Sugar collection.
Current Bid $100
Lot 155. Oversized 1940s-50 Photo of Lefty Gomez from Yankee Stadium. One of the best pitchers in Yankees’ history, Gomez is remembered also for his colorful personality. His antics earned him the nickname “Goofy” from his teammates. After retiring in 1943, Gomez filled out an employment application that asked the reason for leaving the previous job. His answer: “I couldn’t get anybody out.” He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972. The 29.5” x 61.5” photo on paper ¼” thick was displayed in Yankee Stadium into the 1970s. It has a damaged upper right corner away from Gomez’ image, and there is water damage extending 18” up from the bottom. Professional restoration would return this photo to an attention-grabbing display. It comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Mrs. Sugar confirming that it is from the Bert Sugar collection.
Minimum Bid $75