CLOSES NOVEMBER 24, 2018 FALL 2018 PREMIER AUCTION
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Welcome One of the great joys I get out of pulling together these auctions is the research that uncovers such amazing stories. There are a lot of them in this auction: • The incredible story of Robin Reed, the Olympic wrestler who hitchhiked across the country and defeated the entire University of Iowa wrestling team (just so he could use their gym), pinned every member of the US Olympic team (including the heavyweight gold medalist), and won Olympic gold in 1924. His story reads like one of the old American tall tales, like a real-life Paul Bunyan. • The mystery of “Big Ed” Delahanty, the Hall of Famer who was put off a train due to objectionable behavior and left at the foot of a bridge. The mystery of his death has never been solved, and never will. • The story of our consignor, a young boy in the mid 1960s whose father helped the Pittsburgh Pirates with their travel arrangements – and who received a beautiful game-used bat from Roberto Clemente as a result. • The incredible story of Billy Miller, an African-American pitcher and infielder who broke all racial boundaries as a semipro ballplayer in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, where he was a superstar, embraced by his community despite his race – and who joined the United States 369th Infantry, an entirely African-American regiment that fought valiantly on the front lines with France. Miller lost an arm and a leg in combat, defending the line in the Second Battle of the Marne. • •The story of Harry Stovey, the game’s first five-tool player, whose eventual Hall of Fame selection is all but inevitable. Baseball is filled with these stories, about how little people make their lives fascinating, creating stories worth telling, often more than 100 years later. Sometimes, like in the case of Delahanty or Stovey, they’re stories many of us already know – stories we’ve told and told again, their fascinating tales capturing our imaginations. Sometimes, like in the case of Miller or Reed, they’re brand new – stories of people who might otherwise have been lost to history, but who did something special, something unique, and something worth keeping alive. It occurred to me as I was writing the descriptions for this catalog that the stories weren’t really about fame, or greatness, or monetary value. The stories are about regular people like you and me, seeing an opportunity and rising to the occasion. In past auctions, we’ve told the stories of people like Young Perez, Moonlight Graham, Lou Criger, Jose Mendez, along with a host of others. They’re all stories of regular people, stepping out of the shadows, maybe fighting insurmountable odds, or maybe just doing the right thing when it would’ve been easier not to. But they’re all great stories, and they’re all worth telling. I’m way too inexperienced to be dispensing wisdom, but one thing I try and do every day: create a story worth telling someday. Do you? What’s your story? Warmest of Holiday wishes to you and your family. We thank you for helping us have a successful 2018, and we join you in hoping for a healthy and safe 2019.
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Summer 2018 Premier Auction – Closes August 11, 2018
FEATURED ITEMS. ............................................................................. 8 HARRY STOVEY COLLECTION........................................................ 28 PREWAR BASEBALL MEMORABILIA .............................................. 34 POSTWAR BASEBALL MEMORABILIA............................................ 47 BASEBALL POSTCARDS. ................................................................. 52 19TH CENTURY BASEBALL CARDS. ............................................... 58 1900-1948 BASEBALL CARDS. ...................................................... 111 CHARLES M. CONLON PHOTOGRAPHY. .................................... 124 VINTAGE BASEBALL PHOTOGRAPHY.......................................... 131 FOOTBALL CARDS. ....................................................................... 140 BOXING AND OTHER SPORTS CARDS. ....................................... 143 AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALLS........................................................ 146 AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL CARDS............................................. 149 AUTOGRAPHED FLATS/CUTS/PHOTOS....................................... 152 FOOTBALL MEMORABILIA........................................................... 156 OTHER SPORTS MEMORABILIA. .................................................. 157 ROBIN REED COLLECTION........................................................... 158 POP CULTURE/AMERICANA......................................................... 160 TABLE OF CONTENTS
The following are non-paying bidders from our Summer, 2018 auction: Glen Chaytor • Brian Ginsberg • Rick Hoops • Allen Kogan • Zary Smith
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1 Christy Mathewson Signed, First Edition “Pitching In A Pinch” (JSA) Beautiful first editionof Pitching inaPinch byChristyMathewson, signed on the interior by Mathewson in beautiful, bold fountain pen, and dated June 3, 1912. One of just a handful of signed examples of this book we have found in our research, this example has been tucked away in an advanced collection for quite some time. During the 1912 season, the Giants took on four teams during a lengthy homestand that began on May 31 and lasted until June 18. Each of the signed examples of Pitching in a Pinch we have encountered were dated during that stretch, an indication that perhaps Mathewson was engaged in some sort of local promotion to help book sales.
The book itself is in outstanding condition, the cover exhibiting minor wear and the interior pages stable and intact. Some professional restoration has been done on the interior to stabilize the title page and repair a small tear, and it appears that similar efforts have been undertaken with the flyleaf, to secure it to the spine. Overall, however, the book has been remarkably well-preserved. With Mathewson signatures coming under increased scrutiny, this example was freshly authenticated in advance of this auction, a clear and stunning example of a Mathewson-signed item dating to his playing years. An outstanding item, the centerpiece to even the most
advanced autograph collections. MINIMUM BID: $2,500.00
Fall 2018 Premier Auction – Closes November 24, 2018
2 Spectacular Oversized Christy Mathewson Type 1 Presentation Photo (PSA/DNA), Signed by Mrs. Mathewson! Gorgeous oversized presentation photo, taken by Unity Studios in New York, featuring Christy Mathewson in full uniform, leaning against a bat, posed against a white backdrop. The photo measures 10” x 13”, the image area in fantastic condition. Some significant wear is evident, particularly in the lower left corner, which has some minor tears that have been repaired by clear tape on the reverse. The remnants of some framer’s tape can also be found on the top edge of the reverse.
The photo has been signed in the lower-left, inscribed “To Mr. J.R. Thurston, Kind Wishes, Mrs. Christy Mathewson.” Our research into J.R. Thurston revealed a gentleman by that name who lived in Mathewson’s home town of Factoryville, PA, and in 1920 became that town’s Postmaster. It is entirely likely that Mathewson’s wife inscribed the photo to her local postmaster; the signature closely resembles other “wife-signed” items we have seen and offered in the past. Simply a spectacular photo, depicting a younger Mathewson in full uniform, likely originating from the Mathewson family. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. MINIMUM BID: $1,000.00
has been an extraordinary level of demand on the rare occasion that a card becomes available, and extremely high prices realized. Presented here is a magnificent example of Hall of Famer John Ward, a crisp, clean card with outstanding image quality that, at first glance, appears to be a VG/EX card. The existence of a John Ward card in this issue is a relatively recent discovery; this particular card only became known to the hobby in 2005. The example has been encapsulated as AUTHENTIC by SGC, however, with restoration
noted. When the card was initially discovered in 2005, the Four Base Hits ad at the bottom border had been removed. Very careful and painstaking professional restoration has reattached a Four Base Hits ad from a more common actress card. The work is exemplary, careful to maintain the integrity of the original card and remain respectful of the rarity of the set, while utilizing original components to restore the card to its original form. As part of the restoration, some light cleaning has also been employed to remove light soiling from the card surface. Extraneous and unnecessary restoration was not employed, however, as one can still see the signs of paper loss on the reverse from scrapbook removal. This is one of just two examples of John Ward’s Four Base Hits card known; the other has never been made available for public sale but did sell privately for more than $200,000 several years ago. A very similar Kalamazoo Bats Ward, which utilized the identical photo and is identical in size, sold in 2008 for $141,000. On the rare occasion that a Hall of Famer from the issue makes itself available publicly, collector demand is invariably strong, pushing the sale price to new heights. Please note that this card is being offered with a modest reserve, well within the range of past sale prices and consistent with past sales of this very card. As is the case with any item offered with a reserve, we will publish the exact dollar figure of the reserve within approximately 7 days of the auction close, provided that the reserve has not been met prior to that date. An extraordinary card from one of the hobby’s most rare and highly desirable 19th Century issues, one of very few Hall of Famers known to exist. One of the most important baseball cards we have ever had the privilege of offering. MINIMUM BID: $6,000.00
3 Incredible 1887 Four Base Hits John Ward (HOF) - One Of Just Two Known Examples! Four Base Hits cards are considered among the most important rarities in the hobby; the beautiful photographic cards are similar in appearance to the Kalamazoo Bats cards and also have design (if not size) similarities to the Yum Yum Tobacco issue of 1888. The cards have become legendary in the hobby due to their rarity as well as due to player selection; of 18 different subjects known, six are Hall of Famers, and of those players, several boast just one known specimen. The result
Fall 2018 Premier Auction – Closes November 24, 2018
4 Extraordinary c.1910 Reach Co. Baseball Tin Litho Advertising Sign The A.J. Reach Co. of Philadelphia produced some of the finest tin lithograph advertising signs during an era when such signs were in their “golden age;” they were typically well-designed and colorful, and of exceptionally high quality. The signs are in considerably high demand today, and typically do not make themselves available for sale with any regularity. When they do, there are several different designs that are typically seen; this is not one of them. Bold and impactful, the sign advertises the Official baseball of the American League, a distinction the Reach brand maintained from the inception of the league until 1975 (even after the company’s 1934 sale to Spalding). The sign was manufactured by the American Art Works, an Ohio-based manufacturer of beer trays and advertising novelties best known for manufacturing the Coca-Cola advertising trays favored by collectors today. The industry leader, the company was so strong that their home city of Coshocton became an economic hub, even through the Great Depression. Today, their products are highly desirable among advertising collectors, part of the reason the Reach sporting goods advertising items are so seldom found. The extremely high production value is part of the reason this 6” x 13” sign has remained in such outstanding condition, though these advertising signs are typically found today with considerablewear and rust. In this case, a fewsurface abrasions can be noted throughout, along with some very minor bends to the tin (very typical for this type of item) and some minor blemishes, but the overall display value is superb. Clean and
bright, the wear is secondary to its rarity, as the corners, edges, and overall aesthetic appeal of this piece are tremendous, among the strongest of the few examples we have managed to locate in past public sales. The reverse remains in outstanding condition with minor abrasions, its original hanging cord intact, along with its printed message to retailers: “This sign is one of a series and costs us big money to have them made...if for any reason, you do not care to hang it up kindly return it to us and we will put it to work elsewhere.” One of the hobby’s finest and most important tin lithographic baseball pieces. MINIMUM BID: $3,000.00
5 Spectacular 1895 Mayo’s Cut Plug Buck Ewing (Cleveland - HOF) - SGC NM 7 - Highest Graded! The Mayo’s Cut Plug issue of 1895 is a 48-card set featuring 40 different players in black and white or sepia portrait photos. The photos are set against stark, black borders, with the Mayo’s Cut Plug logo and slogan along the bottom border. The backs, also black, are blank. Black borders and backs are extremely susceptible to chipping and scrapbook damage; the result is a dearth of high-grade specimens. In fact, with more than 2,000 examples graded by SGC and PSA, just 15 individual cards have graded NM or better. Presented here is one of them, and easily one of the most important: that of Hall of Famer Buck Ewing. Pictured with the Cleveland Spiders, the team with which Ewing spent the 1894 campaign, the Hall of Famer switched teams in 1895, joining the Cincinnati Reds. The card is simply spectacular, with a clean image and sharp, unblemished corners and edges with virtually no chipping. A true show-stopper, the finest example
from the issue we have seen. MINIMUM BID: $7,500.00
Fall 2018 Premier Auction – Closes November 24, 2018
6 1895 N300 Mayo’s Cut Plug Cap Anson (HOF) - SGC EX/NM 6 Simply stated, Cap Anson is the key to any 19th Century issue. The most popular player of his era and the best-remembered today, his cards remain extremely desirable in any grade, from any issue. His 1895 Mayo’s Cut Plug card is one of his most attractive, depicting the subject in a clean, sharp portrait photo, “Chicago” emblazoned on his uniform breast. The card itself has graded EX/NM 6 by SGC, one of just six examples from the issue to grade at that level from either company, with just two higher. Two pronounced chips along the right edge account for the grade; given the tendency of these cards to exhibit significant chipping, it is but a minor flaw here. Corners are sharp, with a flawless image and centering well within the standards for the grade. A wonderful card, one of the finest known. MINIMUM BID: $2,500.00
7 Spectacular 1967 Roberto Clemente (HOF) Pro-Model Bat - PSA/DNA GU 8 - Fresh to the Hobby! Brand new to the hobby, this Roberto Clemente pro-model Louisville Slugger has direct provenance, tracing the bat directly to Clemente. The beautiful model U1 is in pristine condition, manufactured between 1966-1968, and traced right to the 1967 season. The monstrous club weighs in at 38.6 ounces, measuring 36” in length, with Clemente’s uniform number 21 written on the knob and the top of the barrel, both in black marker. A young boy in 1967, our consignor, then a Pittsburgh resident, was actually a fan of the San Francisco Giants, the slugging first baseman Willie McCovey his favorite player. His father was a supervisor at the ticket counter for TWA Airlines, and worked at the Greater Pittsburgh Airport. In that capacity he met many celebrities, none more important than Roberto Clemente, who looked to our consignor’s father for help making his personal and family flight arrangements. As an expression of gratitude, Clemente would occasionally pass along tickets to Pirates games. Such was the case in the midsummer of 1967, when our consignor’s father brought his young son to Forbes Field to see the Pirates take on his favorite team, the San Francisco Giants. Upon their arrival, however, they learned that the Pirates outfielder would not be playing in the game. Our consignor’s father quietly excused himself, making his way to the Pirates clubhouse in hopes of taking his young son inside to meet the Hall of Famer. He was unsuccessful in gaining admittance for the young
Louisville Slugger, a gift for the young boy from Clemente himself. The bat has remained in possession of our consignor ever since, displayed in his Pittsburgh sports- themed basement bar, a highlight of his collection. Based on the details of our consignor’s story, the events in question likely happened during a Pirates homestand between July 18 and 20 of 1967. The Giants were in town for that period, splitting a
four-game series that included a Tuesday d o u b l e h e a d e r . Clemente sat all four games of that series, attributing his “rest” to an ailing knee. Some felt, however, that anger of the recent firing of Pirates manager Harry “The Hat” Walker contributed to his off-days. The bat itself is pristine, with very light use and no cracks. A few ball marks are visible on the barrel, along with some very light additional markings throughout. Roberto Clemente remains one of the most widely-collected players of his era, a true superstar who transcends the game. His tragic 1972 death by plane crash while delivering supplies to Nicaragua to aid victims of a December 23 earthquake cemented his reputation as a hero; the Baseball Hall of Fame waived themandatory waiting period and inducted him into the Hall of Fame just three months after his death. A beautiful bat, freshly introduced to the hobby, with impeccable provenance. Full LOA from both PSA/DNA and our consignor. MINIMUM BID: $3,500.00
Fall 2018 Premier Auction – Closes November 24, 2018
8 Historically Important 1946 Jackie Robinson Signed Heilbroner Baseball Bureau Card - The First Document Signed By Robinson in Integrated Baseball! 1946 baseball information card that includes what is likely Jackie Robinson’s first signature after shattering baseball’s color barrier, the first document an African-American ballplayer ever completed in Major League Baseball. Louis Heilbroner was a former manager and executive who founded Heilbroner’s Baseball Bureau, the first statistical bureau devoted to baseball. He was the publisher of the Baseball Blue Book, a baseball guide marketed to insiders of the game. At the beginning of their first year of pro ball, each player received an index card with the player’s name typed at the top of the card. The player would then complete the small questionairre on the card, describing basic biographical information. The reverse contained blank spaces where the Bureau would update the card each season with current team information. This card was sent to Jackie Robinson in 1946 when he started with the Montreal Royals. Robinson completed the information, adding in his birthday, vital information, college attended, name and address. In the space where he was asked to enter the team he was with the prior year, Robinson wrote “Kansas City Monarchs,” the famous Negro League club where Robinson played in 1946. Adjacent to where he filled in his second favorite sport (football), someone added “Negro,” just in case some
researcher or intern wasn’t aware of who Jackie Robinson was and what he represented. The reverse of the card notes Robinson as a member of the Montreal team in 1946. In the space for 1947, “Montreal” was written in, followed by “Brooklyn” in April. The historical importance of this card cannot be overstated. After thousands of cards that had been completed by white players, this is likely the first Heilbroner card completed by an African- American player, and quite possibly the first form Robinson filled out as a member of established baseball. The significance of Jackie Robinson cannot be overstated, and this card traces the remarkable three-year Robinson began as a Negro Leaguer and ended as a Brooklyn Dodger, perhaps the most important figure in modern American history. This card, like all the other Heilbroner cards, is one of a kind, the one that represents the integration of baseball - a single card among thousands, the importance of which is far greater than the mere words written on it. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Please note that the historical significance of this item dictates that it be sold with a reserve. We feel, as does our consignor, that this is a museum-quality item, a piece of American history that far surpasses the traditional Jackie Robinson collectibles typically found at auction. As is our policy, the actual number of the reserve will be published with approximately 7 days remaining in the auction, unless that figure is surpassed beforehand. MINIMUM BID: $5,000.00
9 Spectacular 1907 George W. Hull Chicago White Sox Postcards Complete Set (16) w/Original Envelope Spectacular complete set of scarce 1907 GeorgeW. Hull Chicago White Sox postcards, along with their original envelope. An astonishing find that was part of a family inheritance that contained a handful of minor baseball-related items, we have handled very few cards from this set and certainly have never seen a complete set. Even more exciting is the condition of the cards, as they appeared to have hardly been handled, stored in their original envelope for more than a century. The presence of the envelope gives us some information about how the cards were distributed (by mail as a complete set), but speaks little to their current scarcity today. The cards offer a play on the team name “White Sox,” depicting photos of each of the players, superimposed over a sock, hanging on a clothesline. Underneath the clothesline is an inset photo of Charles Comiskey, with a larger photo of an individual player along the right side of the card. The upper border contains a humorous phrase, such as “As they hang in Commy’s back yard,” or “Not worn by ladies, but admired by them” to describe the socks on the line. The cards are extremely scarce today, and are simply never found in this condition. In fact, with each of the cards in this
collection grading above EX, we have nearly doubled the total number of cards graded at that level betwee n both grading companies. As a testament to their scarcity, just 70 examples have been graded between PSA and SGC. Of course, many of the cards in this set represent the highest-graded examples available, and the three cards graded EX-MT+ 6.5 are the highest-graded cards from this set in existence. The envelope is in poor condition, valuable for its rarity and the fact that it protected the cards so well. A complete breakdown of the cards is as follows: Altrock (PSA EX-MT+ 6.5, 1/1, none higher); Davis (HOF - PSA EX-MT 6, 1/1, none higher); Donohue (PSA EX+ 5.5, 1/1, none higher); Dougherty (PSA EX 5, 1/1, one higher); Hahn (PSA EX+ 5.5, 1/1, one higher, plus one EX+ 5.5 SGC), Isbell (PSA EX 5, 1/2, none higher); Jones (PSA EX 6, 1/2, plus one SGC 6, none higher), McFarland (PSA EX-MT 6, 1/1, none higher), Owens (PSA EX- MT+ 6.5, 1/1, none higher); Patterson (PSA EX-MT 6, 1/1, none higher), Rohe (PSA EX 5, 1/2, none higher); Smith (PSA EX-MT 6, 1/1, none higher); Sullivan (PSA EX-MT 6, 1/2, none higher); Tannehill (PSA EX-MT 6, 1/2, none higher); Walsh (HOF, PSA EX-MT 6, 1/1, none higher); White (PSA EX-MT+ 6.5, 1/1, none higher). An incredible set, all but two of which are the highest- graded examples in existence. 16 cards total, plus envelope. MINIMUM BID: $2,500.00
Fall 2018 Premier Auction – Closes November 24, 2018
10 1888 A35 Goodwin Round Album Outstanding and colorful example of the beautiful Goodwin Round Album. Made available by mail in exchange for coupons packaged with Goodwin’s tobacco brands, the album included nine individual player pages that featured either full-color portraits or full-body illustrations with four players on each. The reverse of each page contained team player records or schedule, set in an ornate design. Presented here is a complete album, disassembled but with all parts intact, including the original binding string. The pages themselves are clean and colorful, telltale signs of scrapbook mounting visible on the reverse of each page in the form of moderate glue staining. Some minor wear at the edges is visible, including a few very small tears, wear at the grommets,
and occasional light creases. The creases are visible near the grommet on the Anson page, the Foster/Brown/George/ Tierney page, the Richardson/O’Rourke/Gore/Connor page, with more pronounced creasing at the top of the Ewing/Welch/ Ward/Keefe page. With the exception of the latter, the creasing is minor, and is consistent with page turning. Additional minor wear is evident at the front and back covers in the form of slight edge chipping, simply a result of age and storage. A former owner’s handwriting is visible, however faint, on the cover. One of the era’s most beautiful and highly-coveted issues, each page bright and colorful, all its components present and easily reassembled, but stored carefully in plastic pages for better display and protection. MINIMUM BID: $2,000.00
11 1915 Cracker Jack #103 Joe Jackson - PSA AUTHENTIC At a time when the 1914 and 1915 Cracker Jack issues are subject to incredible demand, the 1915 Joe Jackson stands out as one of the issue’s key cards. Jackson, one of baseball’s most popular and enduring names, leads the way in a set that is loaded with stars and Hall of Famers; his card is one of the issue’s most desirable. This is also one of the most sought-after cards of Jackson himself, partially due to the beauty of Cracker Jack cards and partially due to the card’s relative affordability in comparison with Jackson’s other attractive issues such as the T210, Boston Garter or even the 1914 Cracker Jack counterpart. This is an exceptional example, clean and crisp with a bright, clear image and uniform, cream-colored borders. Initially appearing as an EX condition card, a closer inspection reveals what appears to be a slice at the top border, the slice subsequently having been reattached. The restoration is done expertly, in a way that reveals itself without appearing a deceptive alteration, but still maintains the card’s stunning visual appeal. The work has been noted by PSA on the grading label, but from the standpoint of aesthetics, is barely an issue. A truly outstanding card. MINIMUM BID: $2,000.00
Fall 2018 Premier Auction – Closes November 24, 2018
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