Lot 1. 1948 Babe Ruth Exacta Wrist Watch Original Baseball Case – and the Watch Too! We emphasize the case to make the case, in case you didn’t know, that the plastic case is far scarcer than the watch itself. The watch is not operational but, for about $100, it could be, according to a watchmaker who has done work for us. At the winning bidder’s request and cost, we will have the watch repaired, or send it as it is. The face of the watch is nm-m. It will display beautifully with replacement of the plastic “crystal,” which is loose. The rest of the watch, including the original band, shows light to moderate use. An owner’s initials have been scratched onto the back of the watch, which is in the original case, or box. In the shape of a baseball with red stitches, the ball is imprinted, in red, with “Official Babe Ruth Wrist Watch – Sports Watch of Champions.” The box is off-white and shows some blemishes that affect the second “f” and “a” in “Official,” the letters in “Ruth” and the “c” in the first use of “Watch.” It displays nicely and, in any condition, is far scarcer than the watch. The red cardboard used to display the watch inside the case is also present.
Winning Bid $630
Lot 2. Ralph Kiner Autographed Rare Bust Sculpture. This plaster sculpture, which has a gold or bronze finish, is about 7.5” tall, 6.5” across and 2.75” deep. It depicts Kiner in a Pirates jersey that includes his No. 4 on the back. His name is on a “pedestal” on the front. How uncommon is this item? When we had Kiner sign it in 1995, he said he had never seen another. His sharpie autograph is unimprovable and extends almost four inches across the back of the jersey. The sculpture has some tiny chips in the finish. Ex-m. Kiner’s accomplishments included leading the National League in home runs in his first seven seasons, from 1946-52. Twice he hit more than 50 home runs in a season. He passed away in February. Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication both authenticated the autograph, and it comes with the ticket from the Pittsburgh show where Kiner signed the statue. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged at a discount for a full LoA.
Winning Bid $630
Lot 10. Aug. 1942 “Spot” Magazine with Multiple Excellent Photos of Josh Gibson. The Negro Leagues’ Babe Ruth is the subject of a four-page extensively illustrated spread in this 10.5” x 13.5” magazine. One of the black & white photos occupies a full page. Satchel Paige called Gibson “the greatest hitter who ever lived,” and Walter Johnson considered him to be a better catcher than Bill Dickey. But Gibson never had a chance to play in the majors. Three months before Jackie Robinson made his debut in the majors, Gibson died from a brain tumor at the age of 35. The magazine is ex. The cover subject is Janis Carter, who appeared in more than 30 movies, including “Flying Leathernecks” with John Wayne.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 40. Pittsburgh Pirates 1918 Season Pass Issued to the Wife of HoFer Max Carey. The complimentary pass, No. 108, contains a facsimile autograph of team president Barney Dreyfuss. In vintage steel-tipped pen, it says to admit “Mrs Max Carey.” Measuring 2.5” x 5”, it shows five punches from admission to games. Vg+ to ex. Outstanding defensively and superb on the base paths, Carey was the Pirates’ regular center fielder from 1911-26. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1961.
Winning Bid $185
Lot 42. 1925 Metal Print Block for the “World Champion Pirates.” Before the digital era, movable type was used in producing newspapers, books and magazines. From the late 19th century until the 1960s-70s, linotype machines typically provided the letters. Print blocks were used to provide the images and borders. This print block is approximately 1.75” x 1.75”, and the image area is 1.25” in diameter. The image consists of a Pirate who holds a dagger in his teeth surrounded by text saying “World Champion Pirates 1925.” This rare relic of Pittsburgh’s 1925 world championship is nm.
Winning Bid $92
Lot 43. Bill McKechnie Rare Program for a 1928 Pittsburgh Testimonial Dinner. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962, McKechnie was the first manager to lead two different teams to world champions. He is one of only two manager to win league championships with three different teams. In 1925, his Pirates defeated Washington in the World Series. A season later, the Pirates dumped him when the team finished third. In part, some historians attribute the team’s decline to the presence of Fred Clarke, hired by the Pirates as an “adviser” to McKechnie. Apparently some of Clarke’s blunt comments led to a short-lived revolt among the players. McKechnie joined the St. Louis Cardinals’ coaching staff in 1927 and became the manager a year later. The testimonial dinner for McKechnie was held when the Cardinals were in Pittsburgh for a three-game series. McKechnie’s photo is on the cover of the black and gold program, which is bound by a ribbon at the top. Pirates broadcaster Rosey Rowswell presided over the event. Speakers were Pennsylvania Governor John Tener, a former major league player; Branch Rickey, who was vice president of the Cardinals, and Samuel Watters, an executive with Pittsburgh. Containing three songs that honor McKechnie, the 6.25” x 9” program was folded vertically and has several other creases. It is very rarely seen.
Winning Bid $61
Lot 44. Honus Wagner Co. Circa 1930s “Official Hickory Diamond Ball Bat.” This 34” A1 bat has the Wagner Co. logo with the Flying Dutchman’s facsimile autograph engraved in the center. “Pittsburg, U.S.A.” is spelled without the “h.” Wagner opened a sporting goods store in Pittsburgh in 1918 and established the Honus Wagner Co. in 1922. In 1929, he sold the store, the company and the right to use his name to E. L. Braunstein. The store closed in 2011. Engravings on the bat remain strong, and there are no cracks or repairs. Vg-ex.
Winning Bid $273
Lot 45. 4 Pittsburgh Pirates Lithographs – 2 from the Opening Day of PNC Park. In “PNC Park – Opening Day – April 9th 2001,” Jim Trusilo artwork provides an aerial view of a capacity crowd and a game in progress. The 18” x 24” print is #788 of 5,000, rolled, ex-m and signed by Trusilo. A photographic image of the first game comes from Rob Arra in a 13.5” x 39 color panorama titled “First Pitch.” Todd Ritchie was the pitcher, and Barry Larkin, the batter. The pitch was a ball. The rolled panorama is ex-m. Jason Bay as 2004 N.L. Rookie of the Year and 2005 and 2006 All-Star is the subject of an 18” x 24” print. Rolled and nm, it has three images of Bay as a Pittsburgh Pirate. Willie Stargell is the focus of a 19” x 22” color lithograph that depicts him and other Pirates celebrating after they won the 1971 World Series. With artwork by widely respected artist Rich Marks, the lithograph is #700 of 4,000, signed by Marks, rolled and ex.
Winning Bid $55
Lot 202. Pittsburgh Pirates 1910 Complimentary Ticket Booklet. The 2” x 4” leather booklet has “Pittsburgh Base Ball Club 1910” engraved on the cover. Inside, tickets remain for games 75 and 76. The inside of the front cover identifies the booklet’s owner and has a facsimile autograph of Barney Dreyfuss, the Pirates’ Hall of Fame owner. Vg+ booklet and vg+ to ex ticket pair with stains in the upper corner of one.
Winning Bid $152
Lot 203. 1912 Pittsburgh Pirates Ticket Stub. Clean vg-ex stub for a Grand Stand seat. The facsimile signature of Pirates' Hall of Fame owner Barney Dreyfuss is on the stub, as well as “1912 National League.” The 1912 Pirates finished second to New York in the National League pennant race.
Winning Bid $152
Lot 204. Circa 1910 Photo of Forbes Field and Nearby Schenley Park and 1927 and 1947 Photos. Motorized and horse-drawn vehicles populate this 8” x 10” black & white glossy reproduction photo, which is nm, matted and framed to 13” x 20” and ready for display. The photo is from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Library. Two offset press photos, each 7.5” x 12” on large paper, are from the archives of the “Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.” One shows fans lined up to attend a 1927 World Series game with the New York Yankees. The “Pirates’ Dugout” is the subject of a May 1947 photo that has the Pirates playing the New York Giants. Ex-m.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 205. Architectural Drawings of Forbes Field. These two sheets of limited edition drawings, each 27” x 39” and numbered 435 of 500, reproduce original 1909 drawings. One sheet provides three cross sections, one from behind home plate, one of the right field grandstand and one of the left field grandstand. The other has right field, Louisa Street and Bouquet Street elevations. Rolled, vg-ex and great for display!
Winning Bid $83
Lot 207. 1930 Pamphlet – “How to Play the Outfield and How to Steal Bases” by Max Carey. Published as a promotional piece by the Draper-Maynard Co., the pamphlet is a 5.5” x 14” sheet folded three times to create four 3.5” x 5.5” panels. Carey was one of the best defensive outfielders and base stealers in baseball history. In 1922, he was successful in 51 of 53 attempts to steal. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1961. The pamphlet, illustrated with five photos, is ex.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 208. Rare 1937 Pittsburg(h) Pirates Visor and a 1954 Visor. Both visors are made of heavy, relatively thick paper stock. Printed in orange on white on one side only, the 1937 visor is 7.75” across, dated 1937 and has crossed bats and a ball on each side of “Pittsburg (without the “h”) Pirates.” Unused and ex with a couple of minor creases and tiny edge chips. The more familiar visor, from Tip-Top Bread, is printed in red, blue and green on white on both sides. The top says “Pittsburgh” and “Pirates” at the sides of a baseball and loaf of bread. The underside promotes Tip-Top Cakes. It is 9” across, technically g and looks much better.
Winning Bid $61