Lot 2. Rare 1888 Book: “‘Play Ball:’ Stories of the Diamond Field” by HoFer Mike (King) Kelly. This copy of the book is an 1888 original, published by Emery & Hughes of Boston in paperback form. The 1888 covers are missing, and the book has been re-bound in hard covers with gilt lettering. The title is on the cover and the spine. All of the text is present, and 10 pages of advertising follow. The first two and last two leafs have noticeable edge chips; the other pages are vg-ex with minor corner wear. Kelly’s book, the first memoir published by a baseball player, is an autobiographical collection of baseball stories, often written with humor. How much writing Kelly did himself is uncertain. Boston journalist John J. “Jack” Drohan is known to have assisted with the project. Kelly was one of the best and most popular players of his era – 1878-93, primarily with the Chicago White Stockings and Boston Beaneaters. He helped Chicago to win five pennants in the 1880s. He was only 36 when he died of pneumonia in 1894. The Old-Timer’s Committee, now the Veterans Committee, elected him to the Hall of Fame in 1945. His book is extremely difficult to find.
Current Bid $242
Lot 4. Scarce Babe Ruth Forever Collectibles 2004 Original Edition 36-inch Bobblehead. From the Cooperstown Collection, this bobblehead is sold-out and very seldom offered. Search the Internet, and there’s a strong chance you won’t find even one. (Examples from a more recent issue may be available.) Wearing New York Yankees’ pinstripes and holding a piece of lumber, Ruth stands 32” tall on a 4” pedestal, which is slightly more than 14” in diameter. The pedestal lists the bobblehead as No. 58 of only 100 produced. A Cooperstown Collection plaque stands on the pedestal in front of Ruth. Nm. You don’t have to be a Yankees fan to enjoy this delightful and rare collectible!
Minimum Bid $600
Lot 16. Mike Petronella Signed ORIGINAL Pencil Drawing of Babe Ruth. Porcelain collector plates Petronella designed for Sports Impressions helped earn him a place among the elite of sports artists. More recently, his caricatures and cartoons have appeared in such publications as the “National Sports Daily,” the “The New York Times” and New York’s “Daily News.” His sports lithographs are widely collected. This “Sultan of Swat” pencil drawing on 15” x 20” board is an unpublished original from Petronella’s portfolio. It presents two images of Ruth, including an appealing head and shoulders portrait. The artist signed it “M Petronella.” This one-of-a-kind artwork will make an outstanding addition to a New York Yankees or Babe Ruth collection.
Minimum Bid $300
Lot 94. 1973 HoF Induction Bat with Clemente, Spahn, Welch, Kelly, Irvin and Evans. This 34” Hillerich & Bradsby Louisville Slugger bat is #380 of only 500 produced. More recently, production of Hall of Fame induction bats has been increased to 1,000. The Hall of Fame Class of 1973 included Roberto Clemente, Warren Spahn, Monte Irvin, umpire Billy Evans, George (High Pockets) Kelly and 19th century star Mickey Welch. Their names are engraved in gold on the bat’s sweet spot with the Hall of Fame logo to the left and the induction date to the right. Nm-m.
Minimum Bid $95
Lot 98. Danbury Mint Figural Display of the 1961 World Champion New York Yankees. Issued in 1999, this display presents figures of Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Bobby Richardson, Tony Kubek, Elston Howard, Bill Skowron, Clete Boyer and Ralph Houk. The figures themselves are approximately 6” tall on a ½” base. The display is approximately 28” long and 3 ¾” across. Nm-m.
Current Bid $95
Lot 99. Rare Budweiser Display Featuring a 2007 Boston Red Sox World Series Jersey. After the Red Sox dispatched Colorado in four games in the 103rd World Series, Budweiser issued an attractive, impressive commemorative – in limited supplies. A Red Sox “Genuine Merchandise” home jersey by Majestic with the World Series patch on the left sleeve is displayed in a frame that has the Budweiser logo printed on the inside of the glass. The logo connects with a red and silver printed “frame” with the words “Two Great Traditions” at the top. At the bottom, the years of the Red Sox’ previous World Series triumphs are boldly listed – 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918 and 2004. Our information is that only 40 of these commemoratives were produced and then given to beer distributors in the Boston area and elsewhere in the East. The framing measures 33.75” x 45.75” x 1.25” deep. This display will be an attention-grabber wherever it is displayed.
Minimum Bid $100