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Lot 3.  Walter Payton Nicely Autographed 8”x10” B&W Action Photo. Payton boldly signed the photo “To the Boppers” and added “34.” Kevin Keating authenticated the signature, which is mint 9. Payton was only 45 when he passed away in 1999. Mike Ditka, one of Payton’s coaches, described him as the greatest football player he had seen – and an even greater as a human being.
Winning Bid $113     

Lot 89.  Autographs of 11 Major Leaguers – Joe Sewell, Schacht, Pesky, Etc. Most of these signatures are on handwritten letters. SEWELL (died 1990) signed an 8.5” x 11” page on which he answered six questions, with answers mentioning Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker. Nm-m 8 to mint 9 signature. The autograph of AL SCHACHT (d. 1984), the “Clown Prince of Baseball,” is large and bold on his personal stationery. The gem mint 10 signature extends for four inches; it could easily be displayed without the personalization. In a handwritten note on Boston Red Sox stationery, JOHNNY PESKY (d. 2012) writes, “My best to Ted (Williams).” Mint 9 signature, and his last name is written on the accompanying envelope as well. RAY BRESSLER (d. 1966) signed a handwritten note “Rube,” and his full signature has been cut from a check and taped to the note. The “R” in “Rube” and “y” in “Ray” are slightly smudged. Both signatures are strong. Bressler began his career as a pitcher, but an arm injury forced him to use his bat to make a living as a part-time position player. As a first baseman and outfielder, he batted .301 in 19 seasons with the Athletics, Reds, Dodgers, Phillies and Cardinals. In a 1952 handwritten letter, ROY THOMAS (d. 1959) conveys his “reticence” about providing an autograph and explains why. Nm-m 8. An outfielder, Thomas played primarily for the Phillies, but also for the Pirates and Braves, over 13 seasons. For five consecutive seasons, 1900-04, he led the N.L. in walks. In seven seasons, he walked at least 100 times. His career numbers include a .290 batting average and .413 on-base percentage. ROBERT ZIGGY HASBROOK’s (d. 1976) autograph is on a two-page handwritten letter. He saw limited action with the Chicago White Sox in 1916 and 1917. Nm-m 8. As “Buck,” GARLAND BUCKEYE (d. 1975) signed a handwritten letter. Nm-m 8. Buckeye was a FOOTBALL pioneer. In 1920, he played center for the Chicago Tigers of the American Professional Football Association, the original incarnation of the NFL. He played four more seasons in the NFL and a total of five in the majors, primarily with Cleveland. The signature of JESSE H. ALTENBURG (d. 1973) is at the end of a handwritten note. He was an outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1916 and 1917. Four autographs are by CLAUDE BERRY (d. 1974) at the close of typed letters. Nm-m 8. He was a catcher for the Athletics, White Sox and Federal League Pittsburgh Rebels. In his letters, he claims a couple of world records for catchers. Thirteen autographs, including a Hall of Fame shortstop, a widely recognized baseball comedian, a baseball player who was there at the creation of the NFL, a record-setting (?) and obscure Federal League catcher, and other interesting baseball figures. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $61     

Lot 174.  Marcus Allen Autographed Autobiography, “Marcus.” Elected to the College and Pro Halls of Fame, Allen earned the Heisman Trophy in 1981 while playing for USC, received NFL Rookie of the Year honors in 1982 and was a six-time Pro Bowl selection for the Los Angeles Raiders or Kansas City Chiefs. He is 12th on the NFL’s list of all-time leading rushers and 11th in all-purpose yards. In 1985, he was the league’s top rusher. Authenticated by Kevin Keating, his autograph large and mint 9 on the first title page. A stated first edition, the 1997 hardback is nm in an ex dust jacket.
Winning Bid $25     

Lot 175.  Tiki Barber Autographed Novel, “Go Long!” Written with his twin brother Ronde and Paul Mantell, this book, for middle-grade students, tells the story of a junior high football team that faces the unexpected challenge of learning to work with a new coach. The hardback, a first edition, is nm in an ex-m dust jacket. Barber’s autograph on the title page is mint 9. It was authenticated by Kevin Keating. Barber went to the Pro Bowl three times, ranks 13th in career all-purpose yards and 25th in career rushing. He spent his entire pro career with the New York Giants after playing collegiate football for Virginia.
Winning Bid $15     

Lot 176.  Bobby Bowden Signed 1980 Autobiography, “Bound for Glory.” Elected to the College Hall of Fame as a coach, Bowden transformed Florida State into a consistent winner on the football field. After finishing 5-6 in Bowden’s first season in 1976, the Seminoles were winners under his leadership for 33 consecutive seasons. From 1987-2000, Bowden’s teams posted a 152-18-1 record. They won an Associated Press and Coaches Poll National Championship in 1993 and a BCS title in 1999. They also claimed 12 Atlantic Coast Conference championships. Bowden ranks second in career wins among college coaches. His personalized autograph is gem mint 10 on the title page of the hardback, ex-m in an ex dust jacket and an apparent first edition. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph. Above the signature, Bowden wrote, “Scalp ‘Em!”
Winning Bid $10     

Lot 177.  Larry Csonka Signed Hardback “Always on the Run” Written with Jim Kiick. Csonka’s autograph is large and bold, gem mint 10 and personalized on the flyleaf. Together, Csonka and Kiick were known as Butch Cassidy (Csonka) and the Sundance Kid.” They played fullback and halfback, respectively, for the Miami Dolphins from 1968-74 and then spent a season with the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League. Csonka is in the Pro and College Halls of Fame. “Always on the Run” tells the story of the players’ lives, from their hometowns to their first meeting at the College All-Star Game through part of their time with Miami. The 1973 stated first edition hardback is ex in a vg+ to ex dust jacket. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $30     

Lot 178.  Eric Dickerson’s Autographed Training Guide, “Secrets of Pro Power.” Dickerson signed the title page. Authenticated by Kevin Keating, the autograph is nm-m 8. The 1989 stated first printing hardback is ex in a vg-ex dust jacket. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999, Dickerson led the NFL in rushing four times from 1983-88. A six-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time All-Pro, he is seventh among NFL rushers all-time and 27th in all-purpose yards.
Winning Bid $10     

Lot 179.  Signed Photos of Mike Ditka as a Pitt Basketball Player and Chicago Bears’ Tight End. Ditka played football, basketball and baseball at Pitt from 1958-60. His signature is nm-m 8 on a 6” x 9” b&w photo showing him in action on March 5, 1960 against Kentucky. The UPI wire photo is from the files of “Sport” magazine. An 8” x 10” b&w photo shows him along the sidelines in a Bears’ uniform. This signature is nm-m 8 to mint 9. Ditka is in both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. While transforming the tight end position to a more important offensive weapon, he was the UPI 1961 NFL Rookie of the Year, a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a five-time All-Pro. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs.
Winning Bid $40     

Lot 180.  “Fatso: Football When Men Were Really Men” Signed by Art Donovan. One of football’s more colorful characters, Donovan played defensive tackle, primarily for the Baltimore Colts, but also for the New York Yanks and Dallas Texans. He helped the Colts to win NFL Championships in 1958 and 1959, made the Pro Bowl five times and was named an All Pro four times. He was elected to the Pro Hall of Fame in 1968. He placed a gem mint 10 autograph on the title page of the book. Kevin Keating authenticated it. The autobiography is a 1987 stated first-edition hardback, ex+ with a price-clipped ex dust jacket. Donovan passed away in 2013.
Winning Bid $20     

Lot 181.  Tony Dorsett Signed Autobiography, “Running Tough: Memoirs of a Football Maverick.” In 1976, Dorsett captured the Heisman Trophy as he set a career rushing record with 6,082 yards, or 6,526 yards including bowl games. He is the only player to win the Heisman, a college national championship and the Super Bowl and to be elected to both the College and Pro Halls of Fame. He is eighth in the NFL in career rushing yards and 17th in all-purpose yards. His autograph on the book’s title page is mint 9 to gem mint 10 and authenticated by Kevin Keating. The 1989 book is a stated first edition, ex+ in an ex dust jacket.
Winning Bid $20     

Lot 182.  Frank Gifford Signed Autobiography, “The Whole Ten Yards.” Gifford’s personalized autograph is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on the book’s flyleaf. The 1993 book is a stated first edition hardback, nm in an ex-m dust jacket. Elected to both the Pro and College Halls of Fame, Gifford was a Pro Bowl section in eight seasons and an All Pro in six for the New York Giants. Autograph authentication by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $20     

Lot 183.  Rosey Grier Autographed Autobiography, “Rosey: The Gentle Giant.” At 6’6” and roughly 300 pounds, Grier was a giant who spent much of his pro football career as a defensive lineman for the New York Giants. He played also for the Los Angeles Rams as an original member of the “Fearsome Foursome.” Grier also has been a TV show host, singer, TV and film actor, and motivational speaker. In 1968, working for the Robert F. Kennedy campaign, he was guarding Mrs. Kennedy when the presidential candidate was assassinated. He subdued the assassin, Sirhan Sirhan. He has also written a book on needlepoint. In 1997, to commemorate its 100th anniversary, the NCAA named him to its list of the “100 Most Influential Student-Athletes.” Grier’s autograph is gem mint 10 on a blank page behind the flyleaf. Kevin Keating authenticated it. The 1986 book, an apparent first edition, has an owner’s name on the flyleaf and otherwise is nm with an ex dust jacket.
Winning Bid $35     

Lot 184.  George Halas Bold Pencil Signature on a Lined 3” x 5” Index Card. Halas is the only individual who had a role in the National Football League during its first 50 years. He attended the league’s founding meeting, established the Decatur Staleys, which became the Chicago Bears, played end for nine seasons and coached the Bears to six NFL titles in 40 seasons. He was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s inaugural class. Halas died in 1983. His signature, authenticated by Kevin Keating, is nm-m 8 to mint 9.
Winning Bid $225     

Lot 185.  Jim Langer (HoF) and Pat Peppler Signed Miami Dolphins Contract. Executed in 1974, the contract covers the 1977 season. Langer signed the NFL standard player contract, an addendum to the contract and a rider. Peppler, as “A P Peppler,” signed the addendum and rider. All five signatures are strong, ranging from nm-m 8 to gem mint 10. Langer and Peppler also initialed a change to the standard contract. A six-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time first-team All Pro, Langer is regarded as one of the best centers in NFL history. He was elected to the Pro Hall of Fame in 1987. Peppler was an executive with teams that won five NFL titles. He worked for the Packers, Dolphins, Falcons, Houston Oilers and Saints. The autographs are accompanied by a PSA/DNA Certificate of Authenticity and have been authenticated by Kevin Keating as well.
Winning Bid $61     

Lot 186.  Dan Marino Autographed 16” x 20” Action Photo. Marino’s autograph is nm-m 8 and personalized on this black & white photo, which has stubbed corners; otherwise, it is ex. A member of the Pro and Colleges Halls of Fame, Marino was the 1983 NFL Rookie of the Year, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, a three-time first-team All Pro, the first quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards in a season and the first to throw 40 touchdown passes in a season. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph. This signed photo is a great display item.
Winning Bid $40     

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