Page Written Account of
27th Annual 2006
Sports Collectors Convention
ON HIGHLIGHTED WORDS TO SEE PHOTOS
Next up was boxing central for the National, the booth of
Gary Schultz of Seymour Illinois. As they said in The Three Amigos, Gary had a
plethora of boxing memorabilia. Fact is Gary’s booth was a pain to record there was so much; and that’s the way we like it! First contestant was a
signed photo of Gene Tunney with a gray
frame, 13 ¾” x 10”, $600.00. Next was a signed photo of Jack
Dempsey, 11 ¾” x 14 ¾”, $1,200.00. Next up was an unsigned photo of Dempsey in a
robe, 19” x 12”, $2,000.00. Next was an unsigned photo of Benny Leonard in a black
frame, 16” x 9 ¼”, $800.00. Gary provided that this was a very rare photo and he’d never seen a Leonard photo this size. Next was a
signed photo of James J.
Corbett, 7 ½” x 9 ¼”, $2,000.00. Next was a Coca Cola advertising sign featuring Gene
Tunney, 13” x 15”, $400.00. Next up was an unsigned photo of Dempsey in a suit and hat with a hand in his
pocket, 13” x 9 ¾”, $1,500.00. Next was an unsigned photo of Dempsey taken from the side in a suit with a
cane, 10” x 13”, $1,500.00. He kind of looked like a mobster in that shot.
Next was a
signed photo of Harry Greb in tights with a yellow background, 9” x 12 ¼”, $375.00. Next was a
photo of Jake Lamota with a facsimile
autograph, 10 ¼” x 13”, $300.00. Next was an unsigned photo of Stanley Ketchel with a straight arm
pose, 15” x 12”, $400.00. Gary advised it was pretty rare. Next was a large
c1919 photo of Dempsey in a boxing pose, with a period wood
frame, 29” x 19 ½”, $1,500.00. This was the quintessential classic Dempsey photo from his younger years. Next was a large
1896 Chromolithograph (color print) of Peter Maher vs. Robert Fitzsimmons, issued by the Police
Gazette, in a period wood frame, 25” x 19”, $1,200.00. Next was a
very large framed unsigned portrait photo of John L.
Sullivan, faded, $4,200.00. Next was another classic large Dempsey photo, this one was a side shot with a white
background, 25” x 20”, $2,600.00. Based on the price, this must have been a rare one.
Last mention, I was talking to Gary when I noticed a primo looking narrow box under his table, with an early boxer illustrated on the cover. I asked if I could see it. He said sure and I opened it to see a high quality punching bag new in the box never used. Based on the box I’d say it was from about the late 1920’s to early 30’s. The box showed it’s age but it still held it’s shape, and the graphics of the boxer were killer. I asked the price and Gary quoted me $200.00. Naturally I bought it. Gary said he got it there at the show from a walk in, an old black gentleman, 17 ½” deep x 3 ½” tall x 4 ¼” wide, sold by
T.B. Rayl of Detroit Michigan, no maker on bag.
Next up was the booth of Michael Doman of Studio City California. First up from Michael’s booth was a
c1900 Kansas Jayhawks football team
photo, 30” x 16”, $400.00. Next was a 1926 Union Pacific Railroad football team panoramic
photo, from the Portland Independent Football League in Oregon, 27 ¼” x 5 ¾”, $250.00. Next up was a
c1910 generic baseball team photo featuring a trophy in the
center, 13 ¼” x 10”, $400.00. Next up was a 1938 University of Nebraska panoramic football team
photo, 42 ¼” x 8 1/8”, $200.00. Next was a WWI Joe Louis army recruitment
poster, 18” x 24 1/4”, $750.00. You can read about this interesting poster in a
story I did on it years ago posted on this site. Next was a
pair of 19th century football hip
pads, $200.00. Next was a signed photo of the famous pool player Willie
Moscone, 8” x 10”, $100.00. Next was a c1908 framed panoramic team photo of the Carlisle School baseball
team, 10” x 5”, $300.00. Next was a c1910 framed page from a catalog of the Royal Baseball Uniform Service featuring Christy
Mathewson, 26” x 23”, $1,500.00. Michael said he already sold the Ruth and Cobb ones.
Next was the booth of John Ross of Harrisburg Pennsylvania. John is a fixture at the Nationals, and a major contributor to the show. His prices are fair,
as the dealers
know, and he always brings a good selection of display pieces. What the National needs is twenty more John Ross’! First up in John’s booth was a remarkable
c1890 print featuring a little girl wearing blue and red and looking up while resting her head and arms on top of an early melon
football. Under the ball, which was about as big as her, were the words “A Touchdown for Pennsylvania” The art quality was excellent, especially of the ball, as the artist even included an indistinguishable Spalding style maker’s mark. The frame appeared original, and I believe it had the original wavy glass. It was small, only 12” x 12”, and it’s geometrical shape, that of a rhombus or diamond made it unique, $350.00. Next was a
board game titled: “The New Howard H. Jones Collegiate Football Game”. The predominant colors on the cover were U.S.C.’s maroon and gold, where
Jones was a nationally renowned coach 16 years, beginning in 1925. Jones had a remarkable football career beginning at Yale where he played end for three seasons 1905-1907, and never lost a game.
Next mention in John’s booth was a c1886 board game titled “Game of Base-Ball” by Mcloughlin
Bros., 17” x 9 ½”. As mentioned earlier I wasn’t together covering this National, and boy does this prove it. This game is basically the cornerstone of the McLoughlin baseball board games, and I don’t have it. Not that I have any place to put it anyway, but I can’t believe I didn’t buy this myself for $500.00. They rarely come up, and usually they’re in auctions. I recall one at the Atlantique City show about 15 years ago priced at $1,500.00.
Next in the Ross booth was a
c1900 canvass, beehive style football
helmet, $1,250.00. Next was a c1910 black dog ear football
helmet, $875.00. Next was a c1897 cigar box for “Can’t Be Beat” 5 Cent Cigars featuring a black and white photo of a football team, 6 ¾” wide x 4 ¾” deep x 3” tall, $200.00. When John Gennantonio saw this he asked me whey I didn’t get it, and pointed out something he of course would catch, that the first player sitting cross leg, on the far left of the first row has a
first generation head harness draped over his right leg. Next was an unusual
c1930 cast metal ashtray that looked like a concaved flattened out football, that had a relief of a ball carrier in the middle, with CINCINNATI also in relief, 6 ½” x 4 ¼”, $200.00. Next was a
framed top of the board game “Big Six Christy Mathewson Indoor Baseball Game”, 22” x 17 ½”, $500.00. Next was a framed
c1930 advertising sign for Nokona Athletic Leather Goods, featuring a caricature of a football player in the locker room holding a Nokona Leather football helmet, 25 ½” x 22”, $650.00.
Next was a c1950’s Brown and Biglow calendar advertising M.H. Harden
Hardware. The calendar featured a large illustration of Frankie Frisch as a senior citizen sitting and giving tips to little leaguers. He was wearing a New York Giants cap, with whom he started his career with in 1919. In the background is a superimposed larger than life view of him in his playing days reaching for a ball wearing a Cardinals uniform, with whom he played for eleven seasons starting in 1926, 34” x 17”, $150.00. Next was a very rare set of
c1890’s stand up toy figurals of baseball players produced my McLoughlin
Bros., 4 ¼” tall, $750.00.
Next in the Ross booth was a c1930’s leather football helmet endorsed by Red
Grange, $950.00. Next was a prep football leather helmet by Wilson endorsed by Knute Rockne, $950.00. Next was a
1906 Harvard vs. Carlisle football
program, $450.00. Next was an unusual item, a c1930’s whiskey flask type bottle of “Florida Water”
that stated: This is the spirit that makes one dizzy and daffy, mellow as moonshine, from Bradenton Florida, winter home of the Dean’s, $600.00. Next was a
c1950 fishing lures point of purchase display on cardstock, for Ted Williams’ “NY-BUCK LURES”, with advertising copy that stated: Hand Painted Originals for Fresh and Salt Water Sport Fishing. The display was worn but still had 7 lures priced at 79 Cents, 11” x 8 ½”, $950.00.
Sam and Stella Quaglierini of Sports Treasures and
we come to the booth of Sam and Stella Quaglierini of Sports Treasures and Memorabilia, from Brooklyn New York. Sam and Stella had vintage menus from Jack Dempsey’s restaurant in New York City, and Joe DiMaggio’s restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, plus other neat things. This is a different nitch and not your usual sports memorabilia, but its neat stuff. I’ll do my best to describe what they had. The first mention was a
c1950 menu from Dempsey’s restaurant, had a red
cover, 9 5/8” x 14 ¼”, $85.00. Next was a c1950 photo holder from Dempsey’s, had someone’s
photo, 11” x 9 ½”, $85.00. Next was a c1950 menu from DiMaggio’s. This one had an interesting cover done mostly in dark blue, sort of art deco. The towering sign on top the restaurant with a baseball on top is interesting. I’ve been to Fisherman’s Wharf and I don’t remember ever seeing it,
list, 13” x 9 ¾”, $275. Next was an interesting photo
of the outside of DiMaggio's restaurant from about the late 1940-early 50’s, based on the white Ford Edsel or what ever it is.
Today, the whole right side of the street is all developed with such cultural attractions as Ripley’s Believe or Not, The Wax Museum, , Johnny Rocket’s, and all type various exotic gift shops where you can buy porcelain spoons that say San Francisco on them, 5” x 3 ½”,
forgot to record price. Next was another menu from DiMaggio’s, this one was blue appeared to be from the 1940’s,
inside, 10” x 7”, $175.00. Next was a place mat from DiMaggio’s, 15” x 10”, $150.00. Next was a
tan colored c1940’s menu from DiMaggio’s,
open, 14 ½” x 10”, $225.00.
Next was a post card with a photo of Roger Maris receiving the ball he hit to break Babe Ruth’s home run
record. On the back is the caption that explains how Sam Gorden bought the ball from the person who caught it, then brought him and Maris to his restaurant, Sam’s Original Ranch Wagon in Sacramento, for a ceremony to present it to him. What’s interesting is when I was in the sixth grade in Sacramento, I used to shine shoes after school at Ed Friel’s Barber Shop, just a couple blocks from that restaurant. I think today it’s a Chinese restaurant. These days there’s a once a month antiques fair right near it that I go to.
Hendricks and John Buonaguidi
we come to the booth I shared with my good friend John Buonaguidi.
I didn't bother to record data from my own booth, just took
photos. I had to phone John to see if he could recall prices on
his stuff; he had to strain. I'll
try to piece it all together best I can for you.
brought a lot of great pieces and sold much of it before I even
arrived about 9:00am set-up day. First mention of John's was a c1930's
Bradley All American Football Sweaters tri-fold advertising
display that was off the chart. He sold this to Tony Bussineau,
price confidential. Next he had a very rare c1900
sign for Fatima Cigarettes that showed what appeard to be a
college campus "rush week" scene. It looked like it had
been trimmed, but it was so striking, it made up for it. Plus it
was very rare, never seen another, $1,200.00. Next John had a metal
Knock-About shoes advertising sign featuring a circa 1880
foot-ball player, $600.00. Next was a huge
die cut Old Gold Cigarettes advertising sign featuring a c1930
football player running with the ball, $1,200.00. Next John had an outstanding
collage photo of a Canadian football team with the original
oak frame, $500.00. Next he brought a c1900
cloth pillow cover with a polo scene, which I ended up buying,
22 1/2" tall x 22" wide, $700.00. Last mention was a
advertising poster for Sweet Orr Trousers featuring a bowling
alley scene, 37" tall x 29 3/4" wide - framed,
$700.00. I ended up buying it too.
up are the things I either brought or bought there at the show.
First mention was the 1924-25
basketball team photo collage from Anthony Wayne Institute in Fort
Wayne Indiana, 9" x 41", which I mentioned earlier,
and which I bought from Steve Taft, $175.00. Next was a c1890
football broadside for Bucknell vs. Swarthmore, 22" x
14", $800.00. Next was another classic c1901
football broadside for University of Chicago vs. Northwestern,
21 1/2" x 13 3/4", $1,200.00. Next, was a piece I bought
from Kirk Kovacs, a c1870's
cloth advertising handkerchief for Standard Shirt. It featured
multiple sports and games, along with baseball at the top, 11
1/2" x 11 1/2", $500.00. Next was a c1880
red pillow cover with an action scene of a football team running
the ball down field, 30" tall x 27" wide, $2,400.00
(still have, email if interested) Next was a c1880
literary poster for Outing Magazine featuring an illustration of a
football carrier running with a stiff arm, 12" x
17", $800.00. The illustration was by George Frederick
Scotson-Clark. Scottson-Clark was an interesting figure in
American illustration. His work is found in major museums and
having a sports poster by him rounds out a collection.
Next was a 1928 University of Illinois Football schedule
featuring an impressionistic illustration of a ball carrier
following a blocker, with a full moon in the background, 28"
x 22", $1,600.00. Next was a c1920
Japanese box with baseball illustrated, 12 1/2" x 8"
x 4". I bought it there at the show. It was pretty beat up,
but I'd never seen anything like it, so picked it up. Last was a c1890
pewter stein with a football scene in relief, 10" tall,
Hope you enjoyed the show; see you in Cleveland Lord willing!
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