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February 24th-25th 2006

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Friday, February 24th at 1:00PM

Saturday, February 25th at 8:00AM 

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Exton, PA. 19341

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David Hunt, President
75 E. Uwchlan Ave., Suite 130
Exton, Pa. 19341
phone  (610) 524-0822 - fax (610) 524-0826

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sold for 

$600.00

c1907 CornellCornellPillow.jpg (206873 bytes)

c1907 Cornell football pillow cover, 22" x 22", Lot 157

sold for 

$500.00

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c1950 John J. O'Brien  Basketball Hall of Famer, Granger Tobacco diecut standup advertising sign, 33" X 22" 

Lot 624

sold for 

$425.00

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c1900 Rah Rah cloth football tobacco pouch, lot 169

 

sold for 

$950.00

Original c1960, 96" wide x 40" tall,

TedsRootbeer.jpg (111823 bytes) wood advertising sign from Texas minor league stadium, Lot 288

 

sold for 

$1,200.00

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c1900 Red Sox Whiskey One Ball flask, 4 1/4" tall, 

Lot 849

sold for 

not posted

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19th cent Baseball silk Stevengraph, 

6 1/2" x 2 1/2", 

Lot 630

sold for 

$3,800.00

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c1910 Hughie Jennings  Tuxedo Tobacco cardstock advertising sign, 21" X 11",  

Lot 1046

sold for 

$1,500.00

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c1929 baseball pitcher trophy statue, 12" tall, 

Lot 851

sold for 

$2,000.00

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19th cent. Darktown Battery bank, Lot 852

sold for 

$2,300.00

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16" tall Pitcher, 

Lot 646

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sold for 

$2,900.00

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13" tall Fielder

Lot 647

sold for 

$2,600.00

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16" tall Batter

Lot 648

The three lots above are a matching set of circa 1880 Heubach porcelain baseball figures. These are the rare and very desirable  large versions, and it is unusual to see all three offered at once.

 

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Carlton Hendricks

 

I can't say there is any particular power piece in this auction that stops me in my tracks, however there are  many good display pieces. I count about 48 lots that merit mention. Considering they're a set of three, The bisque baseball player figures made by Heubach, lots 646, 647, and 648, (see above) are pretty strong. Of course to get all three you'd have to bid on each separately, which could get tricky depending on your budget. The Rah Rah cloth tobacco pouch lot 169 with an illustrated melon style football is really killer. I just saw one of these in the William Morford auction  last summer as I recall; pretty strong for a nick-knack item. This one and the one in Morford's are the only examples I've seen; could even be the same one going up the food chain. The c1950, 33" tall x 22" wide Granger Tobacco die-cut standup advertising sign featuring Basketball Hall of Fame member John J. O'Brien , Lot 624 is terrific. I've never seen it before. Good basketball advertising signs are quite rare in comparison to baseball and football signs...better aim high! That c1960,  wood advertising sign featuring Ted Williams for Ted's Root Beer, Lot 288 is quite impressive because of it's size, 96" wide by 40" tall. That's 8 feet wide; it'll be interesting to see what it brings. It takes a certain advanced vision and appreciation, to collect something that big. That's the first and only example I've seen of it. The 4 1/4" tall Red Sox Whiskey One Ball flask, Lot 849, is very cool. You don't see them offered often. I have one I got many years ago that you can see in my tin collection. I don't think I've seen more than 3-5 offered in 18 years. The 12" tall statue of a baseball player, Lot 851, is one of the top baseball figurals extant. I have one in my collection I got from Dan Knoll in Cleveland at the 1997 National. I think I gave $2,500.00 for it. There was one in the last Robert Edward Auction that went for $3,250.00 . Both that one and mine have the same black metal base. This is the first one I've seen with the shorter wood base. Of course the 19th century cast iron Darktown Battery penny bank, Lot 852 is and always will be one of the most classic antique baseball display pieces. The circa 1910 Tuxedo Tobacco advertising sign (maybe a trolley car sign), , Lot 1046, featuring the popular Detroit Tigers manager Hughie Jennings is a rare and  important sign. Jennings was one of the few, perhaps only, that got along with Ty Cobb as his Manager. The 19th century woven silk Stevengraph Lot 630, tall. Lastly Lot 157, the 1907, 22" by 22" framed pillow cover featuring a Cornell football motif is quite nice. This or another example offered was featured on page 1 of my 2005 National story. 

 

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There are 1,202 lots in this auction

 The following 48 items are considered exceptional sports display pieces by SportsAntiques.com

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LOT 

NUMBER

ITEM 

DESCRIPTION

Lot 851

sold for 

$1500.00

c.1929 Figural baseball pitcher trophy 

Lot 624

sold for 

$500.00

John O'Brien Basketball  Granger tobacco advertising display sign c.1950s. Large 20"x33" die cut cardboard advertising display 

Lot 169

sold for 

$425.00

c1900 Rah Rah cloth football tobacco pouch 

Lot 849

sold for 

$1,200.00

c1900 Red Sox Whiskey One Ball flask, 4 1/4" tall 

Lot 852

sold for 

$2,000.00

19th cent. Darktown Battery bank, 

Lot 288

sold for 

$950.00

Original c1960, 96" wide x 40" tall, wood advertising sign from Texas minor league stadium

Lot 630

sold for 

NOT POSTED

19th cent Baseball 

silk Stevengraph, 

6 1/2" x 2 1/2" 

Lot 1046

sold for 

$3,800.00

c1910 Hughie Jennings  Tuxedo Tobacco cardstock advertising sign, 21" X 11"

Lot 157

sold for 

$600.00

1907 Cornell football pillow cover, 22" x 22" 

Lot 646

sold for 

$2,300.00

c1880 Heubach porcelain baseball pitcher figure 

Lot 647

sold for 

$2,900.00

c1880 Heubach porcelain baseball fielder figure

Lot 648

sold for 

$2,600.00

c1880 Heubach porcelain baseball batter figure

Lot 158

sold for 

$175.00

c.1905 Harvard football player lithographic poster 

Lot 164

sold for 

$2,600.00

c.1915 Huge Winchester 

Sporting Goods football advertising display  three panel cardboard display 40"x54"

Lot 165

sold for 

$750.00

c.1915 Winchester Sporting Goods multi sport  advertising display  

Lot 167

sold for 

$125.00

 c.1915-16 Cheney University African American football team cabinet photograph  Mounted 8"x10"

Lot 168

sold for 

$375.00

 Lot of three pieces of vintage sports decorative porcelain - c.1905, 5" tall Illinois football mug -  two "Les Sports" porcelain plates c.1870s-80s featuring wrestling and rowing scenes 

Lot 190

sold for 

$250.00

  c.1910 Color lithograph baseball poster with  batter and catcher 18"x24" 

Lot 202

sold for 

$175.00

 c.1920 Spalding National League baseballs display box  twelve count box contained John Heydler National League baseballs. 

Lot 215a

sold for 

NOT POSTED

 1928-29 Basketball bronze trophy plaque by Dieges & Clust. 

Lot 217

sold for 

$200.00

c.1910 Thos. Maddock's Son's Co bowling motif  porcelain 12" tall beverage pitcher and 

six 6" tall mugs 

Lot 289

sold for 

$140.00

c.1944 Gabby Hartnett public service poster  24"x36" 

Lot 294

sold for 

NOT POSTED

 1936 "Babe Ruth's Baseball" board game 

Lot 311

sold for 

$1,100.00

Vintage turnstile attributed to Ebbets Field 27"x33"x39"

Lot 547

sold for 

$300.00

 c.1950 Yankee Stadium "Lucky Strike" cardboard color advertising sign  23"x33" 

Lot 548

sold for 

$350.00

Ralph Kiner "Sealtest Ice Cream" die-cut cardboard advertising display  33" tall

Lot 615

sold for 

$2,000.00

 c.1900 open spoke leather football helmet 

Lot 616

sold for 

$700.00

 Lot of three Red Grange football items 1. 1926 "One Minute To Play" Red Grange 11"x14" color  lobby card  2.  "One Minute To Play" hard cover book, original dust jacket 3. c.1925 metal framed menu display 

Lot 626

sold for 

$425.00

1918 Sepia tone panoramic baseball game photograph. 9"x42" framed 

Lot 627

sold for 

$950.00

 1908 "Fans" baseball photographic display piece attributed to the Maryland Terrapins. 18"x21" framed 

Lot 629

sold for 

$175.00

 "One to Tie, Two to Win" dogs playing baseball color lithographic calendar c.1911. 17"x19" on cardboard 

Lot 632

sold for 

$2,100.00

  c.1905 color lithographic baseball pillow cover with Nap Lajoie, 18" square 

Lot 632a

sold for 

$5,750.00

c.1900 painted metal Stall & Dean baseball equipment advertising display scoreboard  19"x27" 

Lot 637

sold for 

$600.00

 c.1930 Babe Ruth "Home Run Special" model baseball 

Lot 638

sold for 

$1,100.00

c.1930 Baseball porcelain humidor  8" tall

Lot 640

sold for 

$400.00

 c.1930 Detroit Tigers figural doorstop 8" tall

Lot 642

sold for 

$110.00

 c.1950 Baseball decorative quilt 

Lot 643

sold for 

$150.00

 c.1940 Pair of Mickey Mouse related pillows w/ baseball  

Lot 644

sold for 

NOT POSTED

 c.1940 "Hit a Homer" baseball coin operated game  22" tall

Lot 645

sold for 

$1,100.00

 c.1890 Baseball decorated occupational shaving mug 

Lot 652

sold for 

$1,700.00

 c.1910 Connie Mack Phila. Athletics pennant  24"

Lot 797

sold for 

$275.00

 1963 "Learn How To Pitch Strike-Out with Sandy Koufax" board game. 

Lot 799

sold for 

$1,800.00

 1966 Mickey Mantle cardstock advertising display sign. 17"x22" 

Lot 854

sold for 

$100.00

 1884 "Our Base Ball Club" hard cover book 

Lot 855

sold for 

$500.00

 Collection of five important antique baseball related hard cover books 1. 1910 "Won in the Ninth" by Mathewson, 2. two volumes 1912 "Pitching in a Pinch" by Christy Mathewson 3. 1900 "A Ball Player's Career" by Cap Anson 4. 1911 "America's National Game" by Spalding 

Lot 1043

sold for 

NOT POSTED

 c.1887 Allen & Ginter tobacco poster display composite, 15"x17" scrapbook page featuring various pieces taken from an Allen & Ginter tobacco card advertising posters. Features baseball, boxing, billiards, and Victoriana. 

Lot 1049

sold for 

NOT POSTED

 "Goodwin Tobacco Base Ball Album: Champions 1888". Complete "round" album, featuring album pages depicting the star baseball players of the day. Total of 10 interior pages each measuring 8" round

Lot 1 

sold for 

$11,000.00

c.1930s-40s Joe DiMaggio signed photograph by George Burke . 8"x10" sepia tone 

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