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Nov 26th-

Dec 3rd 2016

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- QUESTION -

WAS THIS

ABRAHAM

LINCOLN'S

NEIGHBORHOOD

GYM?

? ? ?
? ?
? ? ?

11 1/2" TALL

9 1/4" WIDE

C1864
BROADSIDE POSTER
Announcing Opening Of Abner S. Brady's 
WASHINGTON GYMNASIUM

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A TEN DAY

EXCURSION

FEATURE

CARLTON'S

EPIC

MAY 2001

BRIMFIELD

ANTIQUES FAIR STORY

16 STORY PAGES

33 PHOTO PAGES

49

PAGES TOTAL

1000

BRIMFIELD

PHOTOS

PLUS SEE

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ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Oc 29th-

Nov 4th 2016

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22" TALL

14" WIDE

- 1895 -

HARTFORD

HIGH SCHOOL

VS

BRIDGEPORT

HIGH SCHOOL

FOOTBALL

GAME

BROADSIDE

POSTER

FOR THE 

YALE CUP

1895 CONNECTICUT STATE  
FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 

Printed on Cardstock

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June 28th-

July 4th 2015

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1968 

DAVIS CUP Inter-Zonal Zone
FIRST ROUND
MATCH POSTER

14" x 11" 

U.S. 1968 DAVIS CUP CHAMPIONS

United States proceeded to win the Final Round against 

India and Challenge Round against Australia 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June 21st-

27th 2015

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Exceptional 

c1900 ICE SPEED SKATES


Remarkable

Two-Tone Brown and Tan Leather by Samson 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June 14th-

20th 2015

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Sold For
$11,353.00
8/8/11

TY COBB 
"SAFE" TROPHY


13" Tall 

11 3/4" Wide

5 3/4" Deep 

Silver Plated Made by

Dieges & Clust 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 24th-

30th 2015

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48" WIDE

21" TALL

c1920 

YALE

LAUNDRY

ADVERTISING

SIGN

48" W x 21" T 

PORCELAIN ON STEEL

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 31st-

June 6th 2015

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c1900 PORCELAIN STEIN 
FEATURING BICYCLE RACE SCENE 
BY LENOX 


 
5 3/4" tall

One of the finest antique sports steins

Carlton has seen!

American made

in Trenton N.J.

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 24th-

30th 2015

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c1930 DIE

CUT METAL

FOOTBALL

PLAYER

ADVERTISING

SIGN


 
20" tall 

with stand 
 Unique Puzzling sign of unknown

product

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 17th-

23rd 2015

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c1889 Board Game

THE WORLD'S

GAME OF

BASEBALL


 
By McLoughlin Bros.
Commem-

orating Albert Spalding's 1889 world baseball tour

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Jan 11th-

17th 2015

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c1910 

A. J. Reach Sporting Goods Trophy

12" T x 13" W 
Presented To 
BESSEMER ATHLETIC CLUB
Bessemer Alabama
Of Greater Birmingham City League

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Sept 28th-

Nov 23rd - 29th 2014

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c1900

RUDOLPH

SANTELL

STRONGMAN

EXHIBITION

BROADSIDE

POSTER

Santell Gallery Thumb.jpg (225443 bytes)

Sat in 

Carlton's

eBay watch

list 2 years...

finally the Carltonator

pulled the trigger

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Sept 28th-

Oct 4th 2013

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c1948

Jack Kramer

vs.

Bobby Riggs

World Champship.

Tennis Match

BROADSIDE

POSTER

27" X 21"


ANOTHER

OF CARLTON'S

HOW IT ALL WENT DOWN FEATURES

Antique 

street fair big fat zero..then I walked by a pool hall… 

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SOLD FOR

$1,600.00

ALL-HEIL

HIGH WHEEL

BICYCLE

STEIN

c1890

19 1/2" tall

By Mettlach


Best bicycle

stein you'll ever see!

High Wheel Stein Stitch.jpg (36595 bytes)

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

April 28th-

May 4th 2013

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c1920

HURDLER

STATUE

By Chiparus

Hurdler Installed Side Close.JPG (174422 bytes)

19" tall

Once owned 

by former

BASEBALL

COMMISIONER

PETER

UEBERROTH

Plus Bonus

160

PHOTOS

OF THE

4/14/13

ROSE

BOWL

FLEA

MARKET

RoseBowl2.jpg (113106 bytes)

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

March 23rd-

30th 2013

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C1930 15" tall

- Die Cut -

KEDS

 BASKETBALL 

SHOES

ADVERTISING 

DISPLAY

Auctioned by

Legendary

Auctions.com 

Feb. 2013

Keds Maroon 3.jpg (85887 bytes)

Keds Crop.JPG (48057 bytes)


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

 - Feb 24th-

March 2nd 2013

c1892

SPALDING'S

FOOT-BALL

WOODEN

SHIPPING

CRATE

Yellow Crop.jpg (285906 bytes)

Carlton Got

OUTBID

Read all 

about it

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A SPECIAL CARLTON

EXCURSION

FEATURE

RenoSign3 modified.jpg (40819 bytes)

carlton.jpg (94390 bytes)

GrandSierraResortReno.jpg (60017 bytes)

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Sports

Antiques

.com
Visits The Top Bottle Show in The Country

PICT4477_900x1200.jpg (184493 bytes)
THE 

NATIONAL 

 CONVENTION 

of the
F.O.H.B.C.

FEDERATION OF 
HISTORICAL BOTTLE

COLLECTORS

  EXPO 

2012

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JockeyClubRB Crop.jpg (70810 bytes)

 July 27-29th 2012, Grand Sierra Resort 

and Casino, Reno NV. 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

 - Nov. 25th-

Dec. 1st

2012

Western Union Crop.jpg (83024 bytes)

Eugene V Baker Telegram.jpg (316904 bytes)

Eugene Baker Sig Close Crop.jpg (104026 bytes)

June 22nd

1877
WESTERN

UNION TELEGRAPH

SENT BY 

E.V. BAKER

CONVEYING

SCORE OF

HARVARD VS

YALE

BASE BALL

GAME

HARVARD 10

YALE 1
Likely

sent by

famed Yale

foot ball

pioneer

Eugene V. 

Baker

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

November

11th- 17th

2012

Full View Table.jpg (41509 bytes)

C1920 MULTI SPORT 

TABLE

Sports_Table_Top_Austrian.Maroon CRP.jpg (773520 bytes)

Greatest Multi

Sport Table Extant

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Oct. 28th 

- Nov. 3rd

2012

RahRhaFBTobacPouch.jpg (58879 bytes)

C1890
RAH RAH TOBACCO POUCH 
Best football themed tobacco pouch ever produced 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Sept. 30th 

- Oct 6th

2012

CanoeSideWays.JPG (16343 bytes)

c1921

SILVER

PLATE CANOEING TROPHY

by 

Derby Silver Co.

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Feb. 26th 

- Mar. 4th

2011

3FullR_635x816.jpg (84747 bytes)

c1890

STERLING

SILVER

FOOTBALL

FLASK

By

Tiffany & Co.

Only known

example

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

FEB. 

12TH- 19TH 2011

SPECIAL

EXCURSION

FEATURE

PICT9809_1200x900.jpg (189719 bytes)

 ANOTHER

CARLTON

ROAD TRIP TO THE ROSE BOWL FLEA MRKT
FEB 13TH 2011
PASADENA ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

SPECIAL

EXCURSION

FEATURE

THREE

PART SERIES

Sept. 25th 

- Oct 15th

2010

PICT7378_900x1200.jpg (89449 bytes)

Carlton's Road Trip

TO THE

PORTLAND

EXPO 

ANTIQUES

SHOW

July 9- 11 2010

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June26th 

- July 2nd

2010

CarltonWith3Signs.jpg (225642 bytes)

SPECIAL

EXCURSION

FEATURE

Carlton's Road Trip

TO THE

ROSE 

BOWL

FLEA

MRKT.

PASADENA 

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book review

NEW!!

Antique Sports Uniforms & Equipment.jpg (275950 bytes)

ANTIQUE SPORTS UNIFORMS 

& EQUIPMENT 1840-1940 

Baseball Football Basketball

by Dan Hauser, Ed Turner, 

John Gennantonio

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

December

20th- 26th

2009

botleft.jpg (42337 bytes)

C1890 VICTORIAN 
MOVEABLE 

DIE CUT 
FOOTBALL PLAYER
 
DELUXE 

EXTRA LARGE & EMBOSSED  

13" tall 

10 1/2" wide 

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Circa 1876  BASEBALL CLOCK STORY

medium muller clock.jpg (141435 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

click here to read this story

One of the authors 

favorites!

READ ABOUT THE WORLD'S FINEST BASEBALL CLOCK

Previously published in 

VCBC Magazine


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MARCH 18th-14th

2009

RedLeftClose.JPG (855308 bytes)

c1950

Brayton Laguna

Black 

Boxers Statues

11" tall 

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  STORY

JOE LOUIS 

ARMY RECRUITMENT POSTER STORY

Joe Louis Recrutiment poster.JPG (69675 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

 READ THE INTEREST. BACKGROUND OF 

THIS RARE POSTER

Previously published in Sports Collectors Digest Magazine


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MARCH

22nd- 28th 

2009

PowerboatCrop.jpg (27418 bytes)

c1912

POWER

BOAT 

PRINT 

5ft. wide

 2ft. tall 

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Circa 1891

Tiffany & Co.

YALE 

FOOTBALL MATCH  SAFE

  Story

Yale match safe lelands.jpg (91020 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO 

TO ENLARGE

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

SEE THE GREATEST FOOTBALL MATCH 

SAFE EVER PRODUCED


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MARCH 29th- 

APRIL 4th 

2009

1FrontCropcCMP60.jpg (436867 bytes)

c1880

BASEBALL

CLOCK

New Haven

Clock Co.

20 1/4" wide 15 1/5" tall  

6 3/4" deep

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Circa 1910

ELLENSBURG WASHINGTON

FOOTBALL TEAM PHOTO STORY

whole team.JPG (76942 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

READ THIS SHORT ARTICLE ON A CLASSIC EARLY FOOTBALL TEAM PHOTO


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

APRIL

19th- 25th 

2009

BowlingChairBack.jpg (33206 bytes)

c1910 
MISSION OAK STYLE 
ROCKING CHAIR WITH
BOWLING SCENE
39" tall 

33 3/4" wide 

40 1/2" deep

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CARLTON'S PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF GETTING 

Joe DiMaggio's

AUTOGRAPH

front cover joe d 2.JPG (89209 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

One of the authors 

favorites!

MEETS AND TALKS TO THE YANKEE CLIPPER

Previously published in 

Sports Collectors Digest Magazine


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MAY 

3rd- 9th

2009

JoeMartyCrop.jpg (27625 bytes)

C1940's 
JOE MARTY'S 
BAR AND 

GRILL

NEON BASEBALL SIGN
7 Ft wide 

4 1/2 Ft. tall

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Circa 1890

HIGH WHEELER

FIGURE Story

Best High Wheeler.JPG (85141 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

READ THIS SHORT ARTICLE 

TO SEE A RARE EXAMPLE  OF AN 

EARLY HIGH WHEEL BICYCLE FIGURAL


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MAY

10th- 16th 

2009

bbglass.jpg (21613 bytes)

C1890 
Mary Gregory/

Bohemian Style 
BASEBALL MOTIF LEMONADE SET

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19th Century 

ESTES PROFESSIONAL

BASEBALL BAT STORY

Estes in case.JPG (84750 bytes) 

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

One of the authors favorites!

READ THIS TALE OF HOW THE ESTES BAT WAS FINALLY

ACQUIRED 12 YEARS  AFTER LOSING IT!

Previously publish.

in Sports Collectors Digest Magazine


CLICK HERE

SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MAY

24th- 30th 

2009

ABSprecklesGal.JPG (20374 bytes)

c1930 

A. B.

SPRECKLES 

CUP GOLF TROPHY

STERLING

21" W 18" T

PRESENTATION

SILVER 

BY REED AND  BARTON 

CLICK HERE


Circa 1887

Reed and Barton Silver Plate Football 

Box Story

close in front panel.JPG (94231 bytes) CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

One of the authors favorites!

GREATEST FOOTBALL BOX EVER MADE 


c1896 PRANG

FOOTBALL CALENDAR STORY

Prang Football calender HUNTS Feb 2003.jpg (118010 bytes)

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

One of the authors favorites!

Previously pub. in  Sports Collectors Digest Magazine & The Antique Trader


Circa 1907

Kayser Sohn

HORSE AND JOCKEY INKWELL

kayser Sohn front close in.JPG (97340 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

THE FINEST

HORSE-

RACING

INKWELL 

EVER MADE


Circa 1900

VIENNA

TENNIS

BRONZE

Story 

Vienna Tennis straight on.JPG (85038 bytes)

5 Inches Tall

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

READ THIS SHORT ARTICLE TO SEE ONE OF THE GREATEST AND RAREST

VIENNA TENNIS BRONZES EVER PRODUCED


Circa 1889

GAIL AND AX 

 TOBACCO ADVERTISING POSTER WITH

JOHN L. SULLIVAN

Story

John L Sullivan poster Lelands.jpg (66443 bytes)  

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

READ THIS SHORT ARTICLE TO SEE ONE OF THE GREATEST BOXING ADVERTISING

POSTERS EVER


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May

16th-22nd 2010

StaggPhotoMaroon.gif (279777 bytes)

14" T

10 3/4" IMPERIAL  

CABINET PHOTO 

OF
1888 Yale Baseball 
Team Pitcher

AMOS ALONZO STAGG

CLICK HERE


BuntingShortBlue.jpg (136650 bytes)

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444 PHOTOS

OF THE

2011

NATIONAL

SPORTS

COLLECTORS

CONVENTION

CLICK HERE


PHOTOS

HERE

STORY

HERE

ClevelandPennantCutout.jpg (179189 bytes)

2009 NATIONAL SPORTS COLLECTORS CONVENTION

STORY IS POSTED

CLICK HERE

39 TOTAL

PAGES


24 STORY

PAGES


15 PHOTO

PAGES

PHOTOS

HERE

STORY

HERE


CLICK HERE

BurgerBoy.jpg (653919 bytes)

PHOTOS

HERE

STORY

HERE

2008 NATIONAL SPORTS COLLECTORS CONVENTION

ROSEMONT

ILLINOIS

Wed. July 31 to Sunday Aug. 3 2008

PHOTOS

HERE

STORY

HERE

4 PAGES 

16,090

WORDS

601

PHOTOS

PHOTOS

HERE

STORY

HERE

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Nov 26th-

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- QUESTION -

WAS THIS

ABRAHAM

LINCOLN'S

NEIGHBORHOOD

GYM?

? ? ?
? ?
? ? ?

11 1/2" TALL

9 1/4" WIDE

C1864
BROADSIDE POSTER
Announcing Opening Of Abner S. Brady's 
WASHINGTON GYMNASIUM

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Oct. 29th-

Nov 4th 2016

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22" TALL

14" WIDE

- 1895 -

HARTFORD

HIGH SCHOOL

VS

BRIDGEPORT

HIGH SCHOOL

FOOTBALL

GAME

BROADSIDE

POSTER

FOR THE 

YALE CUP

1895 CONNECTICUT STATE  
FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 

Printed on Cardstock

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

March 26th 

- April 2nd 2016

 

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Side 1

19.5" X 19.5" DOUBLE 

SIDED

SPALDING

PORCELAIN 

FLANGE

SIGN

Side 2

19.5" X 19.5"

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

Feb 20th - 27th 2016

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FEATURING

DON

BUDGE

22" x 13 5/8"

C1963 BERKELEY TENNIS CLUB
CELEBRITY TOURNAMENT
BROADSIDE POSTER

FEATURING

DON

BUDGE

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ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

Dec. 5th - 12th 2015

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C1890 University of California

Berkeley 
PLUG HAT
Purchased By S.F. Bay Area Collector for
$1,200.00 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

Nov 22nd - 28th 2015

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2 1/2" tall
Sterling Silver
FOOTBALL 

TEA 

INFUSER 
Commemorating

The 1914
HARVARD 

vs

YALE 
FOOTBALL GAME
First game played at the Yale Bowl

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

Sept. 27th -

Oct. 3rd 2015

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EARLY

CAST IRON MOUNTAINEERING CRAMPONS


Made by 

F. Andenmatten Sierre Switzerland

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

Aug 30th -

Sept 5th 2015

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DISPLAY BOX

12" W x 8 1/2" T

Bottle 4 1/2" T

c1930

VARSITY FOUNTAIN PEN INK BOTTLES

WITH 

ORIGINAL

STORE 

DISPLAY BOX

Sold For

$950.00

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

July 19th - 25th 2015

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29" long
C1900 

TIN LITHO
8 MAN 

CREW TEAM 

TOY


Made in

Germany by Gunthermann 
 
Sold for $31,625.00 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

Aug 9th - 15th 2015

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35" x 24"


1902 Panting of a Ping Pong Game


A QUIET HOUR AFTER DINNER
By
Albert 

de Ford Pitney


Illustrated for May 1902 Harpers Weekly Magazine

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE 

OF

THE WEEK

Aug 2nd - 8th 2015

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22" w X 14" t

c1930 

BABE DIDRICKSON'S

ALL AMERICANS BASKETBALL TEAM

BROADSIDE

POSTER


Signed by Didrickson and Team Members

MOTHER OF ALL DIDRICKSON POSTERS 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

July 19th - 25th 2015

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c1920 SPELTER CAST EURO
FOOTBALL GROUP STATUE

13" Tall

11 3/4" Base 

French Engraved Title Plate: "un match interessant par Rigual"

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

July 19th - 25th 2015

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C1930 PENFOLD GOLF 

BALLS
ADVERTISING
DISPLAY

19 3/4" Tall

Displayed in sporting goods stores and pro shops

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE 

OF 

THE WEEK

July 12th-

18th 2015

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C1910 VARSITY UNDERWEAR  ADVERTISING TIN SIGN

14" WIDE

9 3/4" TALL

FEATURING  

4 MAN COXED

ROWING

CREW

 TEAM 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE 

OF 

THE WEEK

July 5th-

11th 2015

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C1880 SPORTING WALL PLAQUE BAROMETER

30" tall 

25" wide

English Pressed Brass Shield

FEATURING 

ROWING

AND

HIGH

WHEEL

CYCLING

 Fox Hunting, and Shooting 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE 

OF 

THE WEEK

June 28th-

July 4th 2015

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1968 

DAVIS CUP Inter-Zonal Zone
FIRST ROUND
MATCH POSTER

14" x 11" 

U.S. 1968 DAVIS CUP CHAMPIONS

United States proceeded to win the Final Round against 

India and Challenge Round against Australia 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June 21st-

27th 2015

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Exceptional 

c1900 ICE SPEED SKATES


Remarkable

Two-Tone Brown and Tan Leather by Samson 

GO TO STORY

SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June 14th-

20th 2015

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Sold For
$11,353.00
8/8/11

TY COBB 
"SAFE" TROPHY


13" Tall 

11 3/4" Wide

5 3/4" Deep 

Silver Plated Made by

Dieges & Clust 

GO TO STORY

SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 24th-

30th 2015

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48" WIDE

21" TALL

c1920 

YALE

LAUNDRY

ADVERTISING

SIGN

48" W x 21" T 

PORCELAIN ON STEEL

GO TO STORY

SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 31st-

June 6th 2015

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c1900 PORCELAIN STEIN 
FEATURING BICYCLE RACE SCENE 
BY LENOX 


 
5 3/4" tall

One of the finest antique sports steins

Carlton has seen!

American made

in Trenton N.J.

GO TO STORY

SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 24th-

30th 2015

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c1930 DIE

CUT METAL

FOOTBALL

PLAYER

ADVERTISING

SIGN


 
20" tall 

with stand 
Puzzling sign of unknown

product

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 17th-

23rd 2015

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c1889 Board Game

THE WORLD'S

GAME OF

BASEBALL

By McLoughlin Bros.
Commemor-

ating Albert Spalding's 1889 world baseball tour

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A. J. Reach Sporting Goods Trophy

12" T x 13" W 
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PURDUE

VS.

NORTHWESTERN

c1910 Baseball Broadside

GAME POSTER

Illustrated by 

Joseph Leyendecker

21 1/2" tall x 14" wide, printed on cardstock

Only known example of a 

Leyendecker baseball game poster

 

 

By Carlton Hendricks

 

I got this Purdue vs. Northwestern baseball game poster about eighteen ChicagoNW_FB_Post.jpg (25974 bytes) years ago, from Posters Plus in Chicago. That was way before the internet when collectors read the Antique Trader and went to shows. As I recall I saw an ad for Posters Plus and cold called them to see if they had any sports posters. The guy I spoke with told me about this poster plus a football one for Chicago vs. Northwestern. I seem to recall I paid about $300.00 each for them. 

 

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Antique literary sports poster examples

 

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF POSTERS

Within the genera of antique sports posters you have sub categories. Some advertise products, such as cereal or clothing or cigarettes. An offshoot of that type would be those that  advertise periodicals, usually referred to as literary posters. There were also incentive posters with sports themes, most notably by Mather. Incentive posters were displayed in the work place by employers to promote integrity and increase productivity. There were also posters issued by railroads which advertised special excursions to sports events, referred to as excursion posters. 

 

Examples of different types antique sport posters
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Mather incentive posters

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Railroad excursion posters 

 

Then you have school or team issued event posters which advertised upcoming athletic events. Typically they were posted around a campus or within traveling distance of the event. These event posters are sometimes called broadsides, an archaic term early posters were referred to as. Antique sports event posters are significantly rare, because they were intended to be torn down and thrown away after the event. Usually the older they are the more basic, having little to no graphics, they relied on the message text to draw people. 

 

antique sport event poster examples
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SPORTS EVENT POSTERS - YOU'VE ARRIVED

Event posters have always been one of my favorite areas of collecting. Tickets and programs are cute, but owning the poster separates the men from the boys. Anyone could have bought a ticket or program, but the poster was never available or intended for public consumption. They aren't just some souvenir. When you own the poster that drew people to the event, you possess part of  the very environment that took place....you've captured it and brought into your room...you've arrived. It gets no better than the event poster.

 

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Self Portrait - Leyendecker 

Cooking a sausage while working

c1910 Poster for Right Posture Boys’ Clothes, illustrated by Joesph's brother Frank Leyendecker 

Carlton Hendricks Collection, Ref.

 

IT'S A LEYENDECKER

This Purdue vs. Northwestern baseball poster has an image of a catcher that was illustrated by CatcherClose.JPG (93475 bytes) Joseph Leyendecker 1874-1951. Leyendecker, who worked mostly out of New York City , was one of the most well known and successful illustrators of his day. He illustrated for many publications over a fifty year period including many covers for the Saturday Evening Post. Leyendecker's forte was the sophisticate; he was at his best when showing the wealthy privileged. Leyendecker was to graphic art what Ralph Lauren is to clothing. The Lauren and Leyendecker ideal were essentially identical. Like Lauren, Leyendecker was all about the upper class old money image and it's  surroundings. The college athlete played into that image perfectly since the children of the rich all went there. The result of that dictum was, just more rich good looking people to illustrate. 

 

1914 SPRING & SUMMER 

HOUSE OF KUPPENHEIMER CATALOG

7 7/8" tall x 5 5/8" wide

J. C. Leyendecker illustrated

Collection of Author

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While preparing this feature I stumbled on an on-line reference that got my full attention. 

 

http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/8aa/8aa8.htm 
The Saturday Evening Post, Baseball Catcher 
May 15, 1909 
oil on canvas 

Unlike Rockwell, Parrish and other illustrators who employed photography to help them create their images, Leyendecker preferred to paint from life. The photograph shows Leyendecker in his New York studio sketching a model dressed and posed as a catcher.

 

Which led me to the website of the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville Alabama where a Leyendecker exhibition had been hosted February 24 - April 20, 2008. Which in turn led me to the exhibition's producer The Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA. I emailed them and bingo! I got the photo below...can you believe it!

 

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Photo courtesy The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA www.hagginmuseum.org 

read what Leyendecker said during this session

 

Finding the actual photo of Leyendecker illustrating our catcher is no doubt the end all. I'm almost speechless! After I got the photo though, my curiosity was piqued ...who what where...Who in Stockton California has a photo of J.C. Leyendecker in his studio illustrating my catcher? Actually I think I vaguely recall having a discussion once with someone at an antiques show, about a museum in Stockton, and the person telling me about it having a remarkable collection of...I think it might have been Leyendecker...anyway...After the Haggin Museum graciously sent the photo, I emailed them back to enquire more about their Leyendecker collection....get this, their website says..."The Haggin Museum's collection of original works by Leyendecker represents the largest held by any museum"...can you imagine? Boy the east coast Illustration collectors must be mad about that!...Stockton California isn't exactly Hyde Park New York. Although actually Stockton California will forever be a part of the Carlton Hendricks  evolution,...genesis really of StaggBookends.jpg (64751 bytes)collecting...For it was there in Stockton California that I drove my old 65' Olds Cutlass to the home of Paul Stagg, sat at his kitchen table with him...and ended up buying his father Amos Alonzo Stagg's personal football player bookends....in 1988 I believe it was....but that's a story for another time.

 

http://www.hagginmuseum.org/exhibitions

/leyendecker/

The Haggin Museum's collection of original works by Leyendecker represents the largest held by any museum and was assembled in the 1950s by former director Earl Rowland (1890-1963). An admirer of the artists of the "Golden Age of American Illustration," Rowland contacted some of the companies Leyendecker had worked for to solicit donations. He also contacted individuals, such as the artist's sister, Augusta Leyendecker, who had inherited a number of his original canvases. His respect for the man led him to secure a headstone for the artist's unmarked grave in Woodlawn Cemetery, New York.

 

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Carlton Hendricks Collection of 

Joseph Leyendecker Football Posters

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"Downed" 

32 1/2" x 24 1/2"  

Used for the cover of Nov. 1909 Century Illustrated Monthly 

-Also 1916 Harvard Yale Program

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"Goal" 

36 3/4" x 30 1/2"

 Used for the cover of Nov. 1909 The Popular Magazine

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Univ. Pennsylvania 27 1/2" x 19 1/2" 

Used for the cover of Nov 14,. 1908 

Sat. Evening Post

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Antiques and the Arts Weekly

Leyendecker cover story Oct. 2nd 2009

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Close in of Catcher  Front page Antiques and the Arts Weekly Oct 2, 2009 Close in of Leyendecker Signature

 

LEYENDECKER'S ARE RARE

Over the twenty three years I've been collecting, I have only come across a handful of Leyendecker sports posters...probably more football than any sport. I was pleased to see my poster's catcher illustration on the cover of the Oct. 9th 2009 edition of Antiques and Arts Weekly. It had been included as part of a story on Leyendecker.

 

IT'S UNIQUENESS

As I've pointed out, generally any antique sports event poster is rare, but ones by recognizable teams or schools are more so. And within the few of them that have survived, probably about half of them will have some kind of illustration. And about half the illustrated ones are of decent art quality. However, I don't recall ever seeing an antique sports event poster illustrated by a major American illustrator. Much less by one as celebrated as Leyendecker. So I know it's a very rare poster in terms of art quality and it's pretty much a stand alone example of a sports event poster by a big name illustrator. Leyendecker did do a football poster for the University of Pennsylvania, but it wasn't an event poster, but one that celebrated football at U.P., and is more an art poster. Amazingly I did once have a high school poster that employed the same image as the U.P. one, but with a red jersey. 

 

Possible stock images by Leyendecker
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Close in of Purdue vs Northwestern Leyendecker  catcher

Leyendecker 14" x 22" High School 

football poster

 

LEYENDECKER'S SHREWDNESS

The two anomalies of the high school and this Purdue vs. Northwestern seems to imply business acumen on Leyendecker's part. That is, I speculate Leyendecker moved to extract all he could monetarily from his work by selling his archived work from former projects to printing firms to be used as stock images. I don't know the proprietary mechanics of how that worked for images that had been commissioned by the likes of the Saturday Evening Post, as this catcher was. But I do know a high school used the same basic illustration of the football kicker that was used for a Saturday Evening Post cover and that a high school would not typically hire a nationally recognized artist to illustrate a poster. University of Pennsylvania maybe, high school no...and I doubt Northwestern would either. 

 

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The J.C. Leyendecker Mansion,

New Rochelle N.Y.

 

The other indicator of Leyendecker squeezing profit from his work took place later in his life. According to accounts he lived in a mansion in New Rochelle New York and put on lavish parties. So based on that we know he was a spender. But it's reported that late in life he had to let his household staff go and he and his family attempted to keep up the mansion by  themselves. Which indicates he didn't save for rainy days, which again implies he was a heavy spender during the good years of his career and may have needed to sell some of his old  illustrations as stock images to help support an extravagant life style. If that's how it played out, it was a boon for poster collectors. Although this is the only example of this poster I've seen in twenty three years of collecting.

 

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Purdue vs. Northwestern baseball poster in action

 

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c1890  VICTORIAN 

MOVEABLE DIE CUT 

FOOTBALL PLAYER 

DELUXE EXTRA LARGE & EMBOSSED  

13" TALL 10 1/2" WIDE

......I date it to about c1890 based on the players long

 hair (early players believed it provided protection), no head gear, and his union suit. The use of head gear started 

about 1890 so this helps date it.......

 

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Overview by Carlton Hendricks

 

I got this die cut football player back in 2008 from Dave Perry. I saw it while shooting his collection in Illinois for the finale' of my 2008 National story. I expressed interest in it and Dave said we could probably work something out. Later after I got home we agreed on $100.00 but I sent him $140.00 because it's just such a great piece. I knew if I saw it at a highbrow book show or if the right dealer had it, it would probably be priced around $400.00, maybe more. That is if it were in just a little better shape. Both feet have been taped back on. Other than that it's in pretty nice condition. Dave said it was an eBay pick up, and that he's not really into paper that much. 

 

SPECIAL FEATURES

This is one of the nicest Victorian sports die cuts I've seen. I date it to about c1890 based on the players long hair ( early players believed it  provided protection), no head gear, and his union suit. The use of head gear started about 1890 so this helps date it. Moreover the union suit clearly reveals it is American, or at least was intended for the American market. Then there's the excellent illustration art quality, particularly in the facial expression. Lastly it's  limbs are moveable and it's embossed. Both special features that notch it up there pretty good.

 

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5 1/4" tall die cut trade cards  issued by A.G. Spalding

 

THE GENERA

To help understand and appreciate this piece I'll explain that there weren't a lot of Victorian era sports die cuts to begin with. That is, ones produced in the late 19th to early 20th century. The most commonly seen are the Spalding's. The A.G. Spalding sporting goods concern issued a series of 5 1/4"  tall die cuts of different athletes around 1890 with advertising on the back. You see them in auctions now and then and they go for $200.00 to $400.00 depending on condition. McLoughlinCoffDiecuts[1].jpg (79545 bytes)I've also seen some similar ones  by McLaughlin's Coffee and some by Enamaline Stove Polish. EnamalineStitch.jpg (195381 bytes)All these would be in the trade card category. Then there were what are called "scrap" die cuts that were produced for pasting into albums. Scrap booking was a major diversion of the Victorian era before radio and television. I'm not an authority but I believe many of the scrap images were printed in Germany and perhaps England for the American market. 

 

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Polo players die cut scrap 6 3/16" wide 4 1/8" tall

 

ORIGIN

Ironically, though I say this football player is great and rare I actually don't know what it is, what it's purpose was, who made it, or where and how it was sold. pict0031.jpg (75687 bytes)There's no makers mark, and since there's no advertising on it I don't know if it was intended as anything more than a novelty. The only thing I can think to identify it is the black and orange sleeves and stockings. Clearly those are  Princeton colors, so it's possible it might have been produced and sold to promote Princeton football. My feeling is it may have been printed in Germany. I once had a 24 1/4" by 11 3/8" print of a cowgirl that was also embossed. Similar quality and same c1890 vintage as this football player. Though it looked all American as could be, it was printed in Germany.

 

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Single Sculler die cut scrap 5 1/2" wide 

 

SPECULATION

Since there aren't any markings on it we're left to speculate on who and where it was produced. My Oct. 25th- 31st 2009 Sports Antique of the Week was a children's book called "Freddy's Football". While researching it I learned one of the book's authors Ernest Nister, was recognized for producing moveable children's picture books in Germany in the late 19th century. I also learned of another pioneer in moveable books, Raphael Tuck and Sons, also in Germany in the late 19th century. Our football player die cut would probably be considered a moveable doll, but does fall in the same juvenilia category as moveable books. It's possible Nister or the Tuck concern could have produced it. McLoughlin Brothers of New York would be another candidate.

 

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8 Man crew team die cut scrap 5 1/2" wide 

 

We may never know for sure this pieces origins, but it's fun trying figure it out. Here's a final tally of the clues:

 

* Victorian style graphics

* Chromolithographed and embossed

* Hinged moveable limbs

* Large 13" height

* Hair and costume are American

* Facial expression has exceptional

* Very rare, only known example

 

I've never gotten around to framing it, but it deserves a good frame. For the time being I just have it in a clear plastic sleeve and stuff it with some bound Yale News books.

 

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BAILEY

CHAMPIONSHIP

PRIZE

 

18" wide x 15 tall 

c1888 Sterling Silver Plaque

By Bailey Banks & Biddle, Philadelphia PA.

Twenty Three Portraits of Athletic Endeavor

Awarded by the Amateur Athletic Union of the U.S., National championship perpetual  trophy 1888-1891

Likely the world's finest example of it's genera 

 

collection of author

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.…anyway…I see this plaque and the relief work is so fine I had to study it hard. The title “Bailey Championship Prize” was in high relief and very c1890 art nouveau. It had about twenty…actually twenty three individual portraits done in low relief, of athletes in various athletic endeavor and it was incredible......

 

I’ve been going to the Alameda Point Antiques fair for years, it’s a once a month outdoor affair directly across the bay from San Francisco, Crowds SF in back.jpg (350472 bytes)you can clearly see the SF city skyline as you walk the show, comes first Sunday of every month. Actually I wrote a story on the show a long time ago that you can read here

 

In all the years I’ve been going to the show, up till the plaque we’re about to look at, I’d never found anything really ground shaking in sports, at least in my area of antique display pieces. As much footwork as I’ve put in, that is amazing. So last month I dutifully trudged thru it once more….but this time I hit the mother load! 

 

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Towards the back of the show I came to a booth that put my radar on full alert leaning against a black pickup was a 18” wide by 15” tall silver plaque that really caught me by surprise…You know how it is when you’ve been looking long and hard....and when you see something great you have to sort of stop and try to think clearly about what you’re seeing….kind of like you’re dreaming it…anyway…I see this plaque and the relief work is so fine I had to study it hard. The title “Bailey Championship Prize” was in high relief and very c1890 art nouveau. It had about twenty…actually twenty three individual portraits done in low relief, of athletes in various athletic endeavor and it was incredible. I thought it was silver plate. There wasn’t a price tag but from the looks of the booth I basically figured it would be under priced…partly because it looked like it would be worth what ever you had to pay. 

 

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So the seller is talking away to customers big time. Finally I got tired of waiting and sort of interrupted. Pointing to it I asked, how much for the plaque….$__________ he said….top retail…enough to choke a herd of reindeer. I was kind of stunned. I thought for a second. Now usually if I think a guy’s way out of line I never say a thing…just thanks and walk away…it’s their piece, people have a right to ask what ever they want. However in this case I was very seriously interested. I figured if I was going to grind him I’d give it everything I had….the guy's fishing I thought, I'll knock him out of his tree.....
$__________? I'll show you $__________.......this guy's going down...this shouldn't take long I figured...

So without hesitating….about two seconds after he gave me the price I shot back….I repeated his price loud and clear with mock shock. The guy looks at me and didn’t even flinch. With complete confidence he goes to me…“Is there some reason I shouldn’t get $_________?”….My plan didn’t work…as a matter of fact it backfired…I actually semi alienated him. He says to me….I know you….you’re the guy that never buys anything…you just take a bunch of photos. Boy did he have me pegged…he was right…I never buy anything…..unless it’s what I want…and let’s face it….how many dealers are gonna have what I want?…..

 

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So….we discuss the piece….he gives me what he knows pretty straight up. I told him I think it might be English. I came on it so fast I hadn’t had time to sort it out…that is…what it was, how much I would pay, who made it, etc. He said he thought it might be English too. I sort of thought it was; particularly since there wasn’t a baseball player in it…but on the other hand no cricket. So I couldn’t quite get a handle what I was looking at. Anyway….the guy was completely adamant on the $__________ He said he would not come down at all and if he didn‘t sell it would just go back home with him…And I could tell it wasn’t because of what I said…he just wasn’t interested in taking less…said it would go back on his wall…(right…it didn’t even have away to hang it). Anyway….he actually seemed pretty straight forward about everything. I asked him where he’d gotten it and he said in San Francisco (I think he said)..and that he’d gotten it as payment for doing an art appraisal…and that his fee for doing the appraisal was $1,000.00. And he went on…that Heritage wanted it but he didn’t like auction house fees…but that they wanted it…and something about the $figure$ they thought they could get for it yada yada. Which of course I could have construed as a threat but I just ignored it….So finally I said something to the effect I might make an offer….the guy goes to me again…that he wouldn’t take less than what he quoted me…

 

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Now I found that almost confusing. I mean, what dealer doesn’t at least listen to an offer. It really didn’t add up….just didn’t really make sense to me….but he was serious..so…I walked. Of course I mended the fence before leaving and admitted I was just trying to shake him out with the initial pony show …that I just had to see where he was. He seemed ok with it, and we parted amicably. But I did go back several times over the course of the morning to look at it again. Each time there was no indication he would come off the $____________ . The guy was tough as nails. So anyway... I left. The following Sunday was the Sacramento Antiques Fair and I knew the dealer sets up there. I went hoping to see the plaque again but he wasn’t there.

 

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As the month wore on I couldn’t find much at all on the internet about a Bailey Championship Prize plaque, so I emailed my friend Tom Cardiopoli in Cape Cod…

EMAIL TO TOM CARDIOPOLI: 

 

c1890 Multi Sport Relief Plaque

18" wide x 15" tall 
Bailey Championship Prize in HIGH RELIEF....athlete portraits in low relief

http://sportsantiques.com/scullerinkwell.htm  

Tom, FYI, Check out the attached photos plus the inkwell in this link above....about the plaque, silver plate, ...found last Sunday at a large outdoor show (Alameda Point)...wanted $__________ ...said got for doing an art appraisal??...said $__________ was it...I was thinking maybe $__________ as it's probably English..(no baseball)...but on the other hand no cricket either...but the guy wasn't open to offers so walked...after kept coming back and looking at it 5 times!...photographs terrible...plus needs polishing bad...because of the high wheel bike it could be as early as 1880.....your opinion? -Carlton


TOM CARDIOPOLI’S EMAIL REPLY:

 

Carleton - the Plaque is FANTASTIC - it is solid silver I believe - and DEFINITELY American. Here is a short notice about the "Bailey Championship Prize" from the front page of "Sporting Life":

From the Sept 9th, 1888 “Sporting Life”

(headline)The A. A. U. Championship.
A solid silver prize in the shape of n plaque handsomely mounted and framed, has been presented by Bailey, Bunks & Diddle, through the Athletic Club of the Schuylkill Navy, to the Amateur Athletic Union of the U. S. The Prize represents players engaged in the twenty three varieties of sports under the jurisdiction
of the Union and is to be awarded each year to
the club making the best average in all of them. It is known us "The Bailey
Championship Prize," and will be competed for September 19th at Detroit for the first time.

I am sure you know that Bailey, Banks & Biddle was a major Silver and Silver Plate manufacture - made stuff that was almost as good as Tiffany.

The Plaque must not have been given for very many years - the above reference is the only one I can find and it is likely that once high wheel bikes went out of style, this particular trophy was retired. It's American, its sterling silver, its beautiful - my guess is if the inkwell was worth $__________ , the plaque has to be worth $__________ !!

Good luck!!
Tom

 

LINK TO SPORTING LIFE REFERENCE

http://www.la84foundation.org/SportsLibrary/

SportingLife/1888/VOL_11_NO_24/SL1124001.pdf

END OF EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE

So….after learning all that it was a different ball game. First of all it was American which was all important, and if that wasn’t cool enough it was sterling silver not silver plate. But even so, the price was still tough for me to chew. Nevertheless, I was beginning to take the plaque a lot more serious. I emailed him to let him know I was still interested, but never heard back.

 

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So…this last Sunday Dec. 6th , a full month after I initially found it, I went back to the Alameda Point show with $_______ in green folding cash, the full amount he was asking. Though I didn‘t want or expect to have to spend it all. I got there late around 1:00PM and it was a miserable freezing cold day. The dealers were already starting to pack up at 1:00PM. I headed back to the dealer with the plaque towards the back of the show. I didn’t see the plaque out, but he looked like he had just starting packing up….Hi how’s it going I said….Do you still have the plaque I asked….yes he said…still had it....did you get my email I asked…no, computer blew up he said....so have you softened up on the price I asked….no, I’ll just take it home if I don’t get it he said and launched into the same longstanding platitudes about keeping it. After a little chit chat I started to leave. As I did I said to him…how about giving me some wiggle room on this thing…..the guy says to me in a demanding way......Alright.... ….what’s wiggle room? Then he had me on the spot. As difficult to deal with as he’d been I couldn't take a chance of  lowballing him into oblivion…So I knew I had to cough up a number that was at least respectable….like I say he really had me on the spot….$_________ I said, which was $1,000.00 less than he what he was asking….three seconds later he shot back with a $500.00 discount. Now he had my attention, it was a crack in the wall. It was significant but I still just couldn’t get behind the new discounted price. I himmed a minute and said let me think it over, I’ll take a walk, he said OK. 

 

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In the mean time I found a commercial meat slicer I’d always wanted for $130.00. After I wrapped up that deal for a practical item, I walked back by the plaque dealer. I thanked him for the discount and asked him if he still had my card in case he decides to take my offer. He said yes. Then I told him….you know I have green folding cash on me and we could do the deal right now! Today’s the day I told him, we can make it happen!...He thanked me and said he’d already come off a lot. I had kind of been convincing myself with all my talk about today’s the day etc….so I said…alright how about 
$___________and I offered $200.00 over my initial offer….he shot back almost immediately with $__________ …$100.00 off his last offer, which put us at $200.00 apart….I tried the " I’m here now" card again…and he wouldn’t budge. So almost from fatigue I said OK $__________ which then made us $100 apart….and he immediately shot back with $__________ $50.00 over my last offer….so we were $50.00 apart…and I started to cave. I said bring it out let me take a look at it again…and I paid the $__________ 

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Obviously it’s tarnished and needs polishing but I was concerned about doing it right…I got a hold of a silver repair guy in Southern Calif. I know and will take it to him for him to polish, he says it will look fantastic when it‘s done….then….I think I’ve decided on a cherry wood/deep dark red stained wood plaque to mount it on…and I think I’ll trace the outline to match the silver plaque with a nice routered edge….I’ll find a wood working shop to do make it.

All the info Tom supplied about the AAU awarding it in 1888 took a new turn also. I've now learned the AAU was founded in 1888...which probably makes this their first trophy. At the very least it’s very early and a significant piece of American history since the AAU was the most prominent athletic governing body in the United States in the late 19th century….I’m now in Contact with John Apostal Lucas, below a link to his writings:

http://www.eifrigenterprises.com/assets/PDF/lucas.pdf 

 

Lucas has written about the history of the AAU, and I hope to learn more about my plaque from him. As well, Lucas is the official historian of the AOC (American Olympic Committee)….so it’s getting interesting! I‘ll keep you up on what I learn, plus I‘ll post photos after it’s polished and mounted. -Carlton

 

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READ ALL THE INTERESTING CHATTER ABOUT THIS PLAQUE 

ON NET54 CLICK HERE

 

See this April 5, 1890 N.Y. Times clipping below

that purports the plaque cost $2,000 in 1890. 

A different March 18, 1888 N.Y. Times story 

here claims the value was $500.00...which is true?

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go to Bailey Chamionship Prize plaque page

 

 


 

Note

12/5/09, I skipped last week's Sports Antique of the Week because of Thanksgiving. Enjoy this week's on the Four Horseman Liniment

-Carlton

 

SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

Dec. 6th-  12th 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

THIS WEEKS FEATURE

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c1924 

FOUR HORSEMAN

LINIMENT

6" tall - Original box

Purchased by Carlton Hendricks 

from Kregg Ruffner at 2007 National Sports Collectors Convention

Priced $300.00

 

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Overview by Carlton Hendricks

I bought this bottle of Four Horseman liniment at the 2007 National from Kregg Ruffner of Indianapolis. You occasionally see vintage bottles of liniment for sale in the hobby that have sports graphics. Mostly they're just nice nick knack display pieces. I have a baseballBBCabntShot.JPG (94037 bytes) one that is a good example. However, when I first saw this I immediately knew it was a whole different level. It was the first example I'd seen. Kregg explained to me a very important aspect, that the product was from the period. That is, it was actually produced and sold during the case.jpg (677406 bytes) time Four Horseman were a sensation. As I recall, Kregg told me he had previously sold another example. And I think it was the one I saw  the following year at the 08' National that Jim Augustine from South Bend Indiana had, and that I featured in my 08' National story here.

 

 

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THE FOUR HORSEMAN OF NOTRE DAME

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Jim 

Crowley

1902-1986

Halfback
5'-11" 

162Lb

Don 

Miller

1902-1979

Halfback
5'-11" 

160Lb

Elmer 

Layden 

1903-1973

Fullback
6'-0" 

162Lb

Harry Stuhldreher

1901-1965

Quarterback
5'-7" 

151Lb

 

The Four Horsemen of Notre Dame RockneWFootball.jpg (52949 bytes) was a nickname given to the backfield comprised of quarterback Harry Stuhldreher, left halfback Jim Crowley, right halfback Don Miller, and fullback Elmer Layden, after the team's 13-7 victory over Army on October 18, 1924. 

The backfield, devised by legendary coach Knute Rockne, was given the nickname by Grantland Rice, a sportswriter for the New York Herald-Tribune. Following that game, Rice wrote of the quartet: 

 

"Outlined against a blue, gray October sky the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as famine, pestilence, destruction and death. These are only aliases. Their real names are: Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden. They formed the crest of the South Bend cyclone before which another fighting Army team was swept over the precipice at the Polo Grounds this afternoon as 55,000 spectators peered down upon the bewildering panorama spread out upon the green plain below." 


After the team arrived back in South Bend, Rockne's student publicity aide, George Strickler, posed the four, dressed in their uniforms, on the top of four horses for the now famous photo. 

A 27-10 victory over Stanford in the 1925 (1924 season) Rose Bowl gave the group and the rest of the Notre Dame team an undefeated season and the National Championship. 

During the quartet's tenure as the starting backfield (30 games), Notre Dame lost only twice, both to Nebraska. 

 

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United States postage stamp released 1998

 

None of the four were what anyone would call intimidating as men; none were taller than six feet, and none weighed more than 162 pounds. Yet they won 28 games in three seasons as a unit. 

Stuhldreher was a 5-7, 151-pounder from Massillon, Ohio who became the starting quarterback four games into the 1922 season. Following his career at Notre Dame, he went on to be the athletic director and football coach at the University of Wisconsin. 

Crowley, who stood at a modest 5-11, 162 pounds, was a native of Green Bay, Wis. and was nicknamed "Sleepy Jim." He would later coach Vince Lombardi at Fordham. 

 

 

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1936 board game by Cadaco

 

Layden, aside from his offensive skills, was also a star on defense as well. The fastest of the four was said to have run the 100-yard dash in 10 seconds. He later became head coach at Notre Dame, compiling a 47-13-3 record with the Irish. Both he and Crowley were consulted during the creation of the Heisman Trophy in 1935. 

Miller, a 5-11, 160 pounder from Defiance, Ohio, followed his three brothers to Notre Dame. According to Rockne, Miller was the best open-field runner he ever coached. Following his playing career, Miller left coaching after four years at Georgia Tech to practice law in Ohio. He was appointed the District of Attorney of Northern Ohio by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

Source: armchairgm.wikia.com

 

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The Four Horseman signing autographs

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

Nov. 22nd- 28th 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

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THIS WEEKS FEATURE

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JOE DIMAGGIO

IAUTOGRAPHEDI

YANKEE STADIUM

POPCORN

VENDORS HAT

Obtained personally by Carlton Hendricks while escorting him to his room 

Read all the details

 

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By Carlton Hendricks

 

I've already written a story on the time front_cover_joe_d_2.JPG (39065 bytes)I got Joe D. to sign a copy of Hobby Builder magazine with a picture of him on the cover playing with his trains, but this is about a different time. That first time was when I was just giving him a ride in a golf cart at the hotel I work at. But this story is about the time I actually roomed him. He came with his grand daughter and her kids, at least I think that was the family connection. Anyway, they had a bunch of luggage and it was my job as a bellman to escort them all to their rooms.

 

We were expecting him and I had it worked out with my supervisor that I wanted to check him in when he got there. I was way on the opposite side the property doing a check in when I got the call on the radio he was there, about 2 mile distance. I wrapped up that check in a matter of minutes and hit the accelerator. 


When I got back to the bell desk the supervisor had it all worked out. He was waiting for a bellman in the parking lot. I hopped on one of our big people mover bell carts and headed for him. There he was nonchalant waiting with his  family. I loaded up all their luggage and drove them all to their rooms.

Using the old noggin, I prudently asked Joe if he wanted to take his granddaughter and kids to their room first; 
which of course he said yes to. If I was going to impose full.jpg (7998 bytes) for an autograph, I didn't want to do it in front of his family. I had an old Yankee's popcorn vendors hat I brought with me, which I'd picked up at a card show. 

Once the family was ditched, we headed to Joe's room. Other than I was nervous inside, but cool on the outside, it was just  a typical check in. He didn't have much luggage and I recall the one suitcase he had was strikingly old, like late 1960's old. I mentioned to him something to the effect, "that's a pretty old suitcase Mr. DiMaggio". He boasted back the to the effect  "That suitcase has been all around the world"...and that he'd just gotten back from Japan. Somehow we ended up back  outside his room next to the cart when he gave me my tip, which I should have framed, darn it. And then I went for it. I very  nicely and politely pulled out my vendors hat and asked if he would autograph it. 

 

I remember the way  he handled it...without looking at me he held out his hand open palm for a pen...like he was so jaded by years of giving autographs  he knew the routine well and had it down. Like hey buddy, have the pen ready if you're going to bug me!. It was kind of striking....
but I didn't say a word. I always have a pen on me and handed it pronto. I don't think he remembered me from the time before I got  his autograph. He didn't seem surprised I asked, but he did seem a little curious about the vendors hat. I guess it wasn't the  usual thing people asked him to sign. He signed it and kind of looked at it, and asked me if it had been my hat. Like did I used  to sell popcorn at Yankee Stadium kind of question. I told him no I'd just gotten it at a card show. I'm pretty sure I politely 
asked him to date it. It looks like he signed it on the 21st. It's interesting the way he wrote the date. It looks like he started  to write it 8/21/95 but stopped at the slash after the 8, then put the slashes under and down, like he intentionally wrote the  date between the word peanuts and the red Yankee logo. He also wrote his name around the top of the red circle instead of thru it,  which is interesting. That was nice he did it with some precision.

And that was it, I was out'a there; mission accomplished!. He did yell at me as I was driving off..."that's the last one Carlton"....Just kidding he didn't do that. But that was the last one, I never saw him again. He died about four years latter in 1999.

 

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Joe DiMaggio Popcorn Vendors Hat Page 

 

 


 

 

SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

November 15th- 21st 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

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THIS WEEKS FEATURE

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c1905 

CALAMITY MECHANICAL BANK

Made of cast iron by J&E Stevens

6" tall by 4 1/2" wide by 7 1/2" deep 

Auctioned 12/11/08 by Morphy's, Denver PA 

 Sold for $33,500.00

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......I have some unanswered questions about Dr. James Bowen's influence that prompted him to make a football bank. He was from Philadelphia Pennsylvania; did he watch some University of Pennsylvania football games? Penn was a major team in American football around the turn of the 19th century. J&E Stevens was in Cromwell Connecticut which is only 30 miles from New Haven, the home of the Yale Bulldogs, among the biggest names in football when this bank was made.  Did Bowen get a flash of brilliance to make a football bank while watching the Bulldogs? I speculate he probably did go to some college games and would have at least been influenced if by the wild popularity of the game........ 

 

This Calamity mechanical bank sold for $33,500.00 in Morphy's auction December 2008. Calamity banks were made of cast iron by the J. & E. Stevens Company of Cromwell, Connecticut, 1843-1950s. Dr. James H. Bowen of Philadelphia 1877-1906 was the inventor and designer of the Calamity. Three spring loaded football players, a ball carrier flanked by two tacklers, make up the bank's action. It is activated by first pulling back the tacklers and cocking them in place. The ball carrier automatically slides on a track to the rear as this is done. A coin is then placed in a slot in front of the players. A small bowed lever at the front right is then pushed, and the ball carrier quickly slides/snaps about three inches forward while the tacklers swing/snap forward and surround the ball carrier. Simultaneously the coin drops down into a chamber. The Calamity is one of 43 cast iron mechanical banks J&E Stevens produced, and is one of the rarest, with the most action. It's kind of a bummer  if you owned one, you couldn't really play with it much, as the football players literally collide and cause paint loss. Which of course devalues them. 

 

There were almost endless themes of mechanical banks produced around the turn darktown.jpg (77239 bytes)of the 19th century but there were only two important sports related banks of mention. The Calamity football, and the Darktown Battery baseball. Both were designed by Bowen. I have wanted a calamity for a long time but haven't nailed one yet. Actually it's sort of a hole in my toy collection. But they're just so expensive, I can buy a lot of $tuff for what it would take to buy one.

 

EXAMPLES OF SOME OF THE MANY CAST IRON MECHANICAL BANKS PRODUCED AT THE TURN OF THE 19TH CENTURY

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I have some unanswered questions about Dr. James Bowen's influence that prompted him to make a football bank. He was from Philadelphia Pennsylvania; did he watch some University of Pennsylvania football games? Penn was a major team in American football around the turn of the 19th century. J&E Stevens was in Cromwell Connecticut which is only 30 miles from New Haven, the home of the Yale Bulldogs, among the biggest names in football when this bank was made.  Did Bowen get a flash of brilliance to make a football bank while watching the Bulldogs? I speculate he probably did go to some college games and would have at least been influenced if by the wild popularity of the game. I do know the ball carrier came in a choice of blue or red sleeves. Blue would have represented Yale and red Harvard. I doubt we'll ever know for sure but something had to turn the gears of inspiration which resulted in this bank.

 

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AUCTION PRICES REALIZED FOR CALAMITY BANKS MARCH 1996- DECEMBER 2008

Bertoia Auctions B, Morphy Auctions M, RSL Auctions R.

Mar. 1996 (B)
Oct. 1996 (B)
Jun. 1998 (B)
May 1998 Sax, Perelman (B)
Oct. 1998 (B)
Oct. 1999 (B)
Apr. 2000 (B)
Oct. 2000 (B)
May 2001 (B)
Sep. 2001 Norman (B)
Nov. 2001 (B)
Jun. 2002 (B)
Oct. 2002 (B)
Apr. 2004 (B)
Sep. 2004 (M)
Sep. 2005 (M)
Nov. 2005 (B)
Nov. 2005 Ayer (R)
Apr. 2006 (M)
Jun. 2006 (M)
Jun. 2006 (M)
Jun. 2006 Knops (R)

Jun. 2007 Mosler, Rodrigue (R)
Oct. 2007 Steckbeck (M)
Mar. 2008 Goldstein (R)
Oct. 2008 (R)
Dec. 2008 (M)
Dec. 2008 (M)

Pristine
Very good
Excellent
Near mint, with original box
Fair
Very good
Excellent
Pristine
Very good, replaced gear & left tackle
Near Mint, with box (no lid)
Excellent
Replaced figures
Pristine
Excellent, repair & crack
Near mint
Excellent, hairline crack at rt. tackler
Touch up & repairs, very good
Very fine, some restoration to rt. tackler
Near mint
Exc., left tackler replaced, gear rep'd
VG, gear repair, red redone on back
Excellent, minor restoration to left tackler
Very fine
Near mint plus, with box (no lid)
Pristine
Fine, left tackler & one gear replaced
Near mint
Excellent, early repaint to red

 $44,000
$9,900
$16,500
$90,500
$12,100
$12,100
$19,800
$19,800
$7,700
$73,700
$12,100
$4,500
$34,100
$23,100
$22,000
$21,280
$5,225
$16,000
$19,040
$5,500
$4,400
$16,100
$11,115
$69,000
$35,250
$8,225
$33,350
$6,325

Courtesy Mechanical Bank Collectors of America

www.mechanicalbanks.org

 

 

Go to Calamity Bank Page

 

 


 

SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

Nov. 8th- 14th 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

THIS WEEKS FEATURE

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c1920 

KELLY'S 

SLIDE SHOE DRESSING advertising display 

9" wide X 8 tall"  X 6" deep

Lot 327

Offered in Lelands.com's November 2009 auction. Probably the nicest example extant 

 

Overview by Carlton Hendricks

This is probably the nicest example of this display you will see. It's being offered in the November 2009 Leland's auction. I've seen the tin around, but the display is very tough. 3DisplayBoxes.jpg (44425 bytes)Off the top my head the only other I recall was in the 2006 Robert Edward auction, and was part of a group of three baseball related display boxes Lot 849. As tins go I've never considered it too exciting. I don't even have one in my own tin collection. But the display box is exceptional....plus it comes with three of the tins. 

 

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Clearly the product was intended to be associated with  Mike "King Kelly 1857-1894, one of the most colorful baseball players of the 19th century, and a Hall of Famer.

 

Lelands.com's catalog copy

"Color lithographed box is a knockoff tribute to 

the most popular player of the time, 
Mike “King” Kelly. Brilliant colors advertise 

these tins with a monumental pop up 
display box. Box is fragile and has been 

permanently set up with the pop up prominently 
displayed as it is fragile. Comes with 3 of the 

12 shoe polish tins in the box. Overall 
very good condition. Box measures 8 x 9 x 6”. "

 

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Go to Kelly's Slide Shoe Polish Page 

 

 


 

SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

Nov. 1st- 7th 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

THIS WEEKS FEATURE

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SINGLE SHELL 

SCULLER  INKWELL

 length: 12 3/4 inch
depth: 5 3/8 inch
height: 2 7/8 inch

Silver plate with copper oars, 

No markings - possibly French

2006 Price $2,000.00 - collection of author

 

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Overview by Carlton Hendricks

 

I found this on eBay back a few years ago, but the way I got it was a little unusual. At the time there were some pretty aggressive rowing collectors going after good rowing pieces on eBay. I speculated this piece could get out of hand so I offered the seller $2,000.00 to close the auction. Coincidently the seller who was in France, was going to be in San Francisco shortly, like about two weeks. I live in the bay area so we made a deal. He would close it and bring it to San Francisco and I would meet him and pay cash.

 

Worked out perfect. The guy did exactly as he said and I met him in the lobby of his hotel and we made the deal right there. Going in I was apprehensive about meeting a stranger in the Barbary Coast with two g's in cash on me...I'd seen that episode of Bonanza where Little Joe gets kidnapped in San Francisco and was wise! So I brought a friend....but no need...the seller and his wife were most pleasant and we actually had a nice visit...a win win. 

 

As for the piece...well...I wouldn't have paid  $2,000.00 if it wasn't something special. This is the kind of piece you always hope to walk into an antiques shows and find....but never do. Needless to say it's very rare. Essentially it's sculpture...they just used the inkwell aspect as an excuse to make a nice statue of a sculler. As for quality....I wouldn't say it's tiffany's quality, but it is good quality and well finished. There isn't a shred of a marking to research. I've looked in every crevasse, literally with a magnifying glass and nada...absolutely nothing....not even numbers. All I can go on to date it is the costume of the sculler. He has on the standard shorts and sort of tank top type shirt early rowers wore. But it's his billed cap and period style moustache that impress' me to date it to roughly the turn of the 19th century. For the sake of simplicity, I'm going with c1900, but it could be as early as 1880. As for national origin...well....it was bought out of France. However it could have migrated there from England. I'd guess it's French of English. 

 

Based on the waves, the style is clearly Art Nouveau. Inkwells are an interesting collectible in that they were made in seemingly endless themes. If you go on eBay and look at the ones under Collectibles > Pens & Writing Instruments > Inkwells, you'll be amazed at all the different ones. 

 

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As for this sculler, it's very rare. I doubt it's the only example but I've never seen another. I would place it in the category of being one of the top decorative rowing antiques in the world. Boy are things like this hard to find! I've been looking high and low for stuff like this more than twenty one years and like I say, it's the only one I know of.

 

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

Oct. 25th- 31st 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

THIS WEEKS FEATURE

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FREDDY'S FOOTBALL 

 10 inch diameter die cut 

Color illustrated children's book

 makers marks:

Ernest Nister, 

London

Printed in Bavaria

E.P Dutton & Co. 

New York

Fourteen pages - illustrated throughout

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When school is over and work is done, 

Then don't we have some splendid fun, 

We begin in wintry weather 

To inflate the ball of leather

 

Then we skate and pile the snow 

Till our cheeks are all aglow

Then we shall fish till sunny June

Makes the birdies sing in tune

 

And we stand against a wicket

To enjoy a game of cricket,

Fly Kites, spin tops, run races,

Play at leap frog in strange places,

 

Till you hear the old folks say,

As they watch us at our play,

"Ah! it's fun to be young and gay,

Enjoy life while you may!"

 

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Last week I went in an antiques store in Sacramento CA and found this book. I was taken back as I'd never seen it before. The dealer said he got it from someone who came in his store selling a bunch of paper and he picked it out. The fact it's die cut really makes it special! It's got some tears in some pages and the binding is loose. But it's not too bad, and the cover still looks good. The dealer had $25.00 on it and I got it for $20.00. If this were in excellent condition I estimate it would sell for  $500.00 - $600.00 at an antiquarian book show. 

 

The genera of Victorian children's books is an interesting one. The king of Victorian juvenile illustration in the United States during the late 19th century to early 20th century was Mcloughlin Bros. Mainly they producedgames.jpg (21482 bytes) board games and children's books. 

I only know of once sports related book Mcloughlin put out; that was the ABC Baseball book, which goes for major ABCMcloughlinBBBook.jpg (52610 bytes) money like $2,000.00 to $3,000.00 if you can find a copy. They are so rare I can't even recall seeing one for sale, except maybe once in Robert Edward years ago.

 

I don't recall ever seeing a Victorian juvenile football themed book. So when I saw this, I was taken back. Admittedly it is English, and I prefer American...but it's such a great book, being die cut especially, all is forgiven. Actually it appears partly American after all, though it is essentially English. Let me explain. MakerMarks.JPG (445458 bytes)The maker markings indicate it was produced by Ernest Nister of 

London, who was very a prominent producer of children's books in the late 19th-early 20th century, see here for a long list of books he produced. The book is also marked E.P Dutton & Co. New York. It's not perfectly clear what the connection was between E.P. Dutton and Earnest Nister but I speculate Dutton imported the book for the American market. I found a reference from the University of North Texas that address the Dutton-Nister connection see here. I also found a reference on google for an December 1894 "The Book Buyer" catalog that lists the Freddy's Football book, see here. So that confirms it from the 1890's! I also found a place on the web that sells art prints of this book, see here

 

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

Oct.18th- 24th 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

THIS WEEKS FEATURE

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c1900

Art Nouveau Style Silver Plate

POCKET WATCH 

with 

Swimming Scene Relief

 2 3/4" diameter

likely of Italian-Swiss origin

Possibly the world's finest swimming pocket watch

Sold on eBay March 2nd 2009 for $260.00

 

Overview by Carlton Hendricks

 

You're seeing what is possibly the nicest swimming motif pocket watch extant. If there is a nicer, I'd be very interested to see it. I got this off eBay back in early March of this year 2009 for $260.00. I've never seen another example, and I don't recall seeing a pocket watch this big, 2 3/4" diameter. Also it's CloseCrop.JPG (151847 bytes)quite weighty. I know sculpture , and the relief work on this watch is very good. I took a bunch of shots of it; trying to capture the detail and finally got one that you can see what looks like a steamer ship just right of dead center. 

 

A remarkable/humorous aspect of this purchase was my bidding, or I should say sniping technique. Apparently, from my snipe records I was undecided as to how much to bid and waited till 16 minutes before it closed to load snipe bids.

 

At 6:41 PM on Monday, March 02, 2009 I loaded a snipe bid of $228.88

 

At 6:46 PM I loaded another snipe bid of $255.88

 

Then again at 6:46 PM  I upped it to $258.88

 

Then at  6:47 PM  I upped it again to $261.88

 

Then at  6:57 PM  I won it for $260.00 plus the juice

 

Item # Item Title Qty. Price 
290297815011 ca1905 SILVER ART NOUVEAU POCKET WATCH SWIMMING TROPHY 1 US $260.00 

Subtotal: US $260.00 
Shipping and handling via US Postal Service Priority Mail: 
US $6.95 
Shipping insurance (required): US $4.60 

Total: US $271.55 

 

That's what you call cutting it close!! Obviously a God thing!

 

The seller of this watch was Tom Cardaropoli of Cape Cod. Tom's eBay handle is "Walnutts". Tom is one of eBay's most prolific sellers of American antiques of all genera. Every week he has about fifty items, from 19th century toys to, civil war, to sports items. Pretty much everything he sells is rare and quality rich. Often when I see something great I immediately wonder if it's Tom's and very often it is.

 

Tom said he got this with in an auction in California, (where I live), and that he paid more than I did! 

 

3/13/09

Carlton,
Sorry I haven't gotten back to you. Got your check Wednesday and the Watch went out on Thursday. Sorry - I got nothing on the History of the Watch. I bought it at an auction in California (internet bidding has changed the world!!!) - actually spent a little more than you did on it but I thought it was a KILLER!! When I got it I was NOT disappointed - it really is beautiful!! Everything I was able to find out about it was included in the description - not much but all that I could find. You really will love this one - another steal for Hendricks!!
Take Care and Thanks,

Tom

 

The details are so fine the photos don't capture them completely. As I was considering bidding, I couldn't make out for sure if they were wearing swimming suits or were nude...if they were nude, the deal was history, I wouldn't have been interested. So I emailed Tom. 

 

2/23/09

Carlton,
The men are wearing Victorian bathing suits - one piece with short legs and straps at the shoulder (like a college wrestling uniform). All of the guys have beards or mustaches.
Tom

 

 

Tom's description of the watch that he posted with the listing was so exhaustive I'm going post it, it's just too good not to.

 

Very Rare and stunningly beautiful, ca1905 Massive, Sterling Silver "Swimming Trophy" Pocket Watch with a fantastic, Art Nouveau scene of Swimming and Diving. The movement in this simply amazing, Monumental Pocket Watch is 22 size and the Case measures approx. 2 3/4” in diameter. Please bear with us as we are not Pocket watch experts and will try to describe this beautiful “Sporting” Pocket Watch as best we can. The Watch is VERY heavy. The case features elaborate, Art Nouveau designs on the bezel, the rim of the rear cover and on the swing handle on the stem. What makes this Watch extra special, however is the fantastic scene pictured in the center of the rear cover. Here we see what appears to be an indoor swimming pool scene. At the top a male swimmer has launched himself into a dive and is stretching toward the water. At the lower left another man is climbing a ladder out of the pool while a third bearded man swims up behind him. In the center foreground is what appears to be a life preserver being held upright by stylized waves and in the background we can see what looks like a crowd of spectators. This wonderful, flowing image that covers the back cover of the watch is the epitome of Art Nouveau design and although there is no engraving on the Watch, we can only assume that it was meant as some type of award or trophy for a swimming or diving competition. 


The face of the Watch is a striking, white porcelain dial with black numbers and tiny, raised gold dots rimming the edge of the Dial. The original hands are present and also gold gilt. We are unsure of the maker of the Watch or even its country of origin but the lettering on the face reads “Cronometro Ancora” - individually these word translate from Italian as “stopwatch” and “still” - we believe that they may be in Swiss-Italian and have a different meaning but we are unsure. We would greatly appreciate any information that would help with identification of this beautiful Timepiece. The inside back cover has text at the top that reads “Remontoir Nouveaute” (we believe this might mean “new winding” and at the bottom “Perfectionne” (“Perfection”?). Between these words is an image of Exposition Prize Medals and the dates “1889 - 1898 - 1900 - 1901” - apparently the Expositions at which this Watch won Medals for excellence. The movement is not marked in any way and, although it appears original to the Watch, we have no clue as to the maker. The watch is stem wind and set. Although all internal balance wheels rotate freely and smoothly, the Watch is not working - winding knob rotates freely but only moves the hands of the Watch and does not engage the winding mechanism (we are having a watch repairman take a look at the watch and will report on the condition of the movement further). 


This very rare and VERY beautiful, large size Swimming Trophy Pocket Watch is physically in very good condition. The case is sound and intact with no breaks, nicks, bends, dings, repairs or damage of any kind. There is some age appropriate wear to the high spots of the image on the rear cover but it is hard to tell what is light wear and what can be attributed to the “softness” of the original Art Nouveau design. We have not polished the case and it retains a warm and beautiful surface patina - it will shine up brilliantly if the buyer so wishes. The dial of the Watch is in outstanding, original condition - clean and beautiful with no cracks, chips, abrasions, repairs or damage of any kind. The very thick, beveled crystal is original - clear and quite beautiful with no scratches, chips, flakes, repairs or damage of any kind. This is far and away the largest and most beautifully cased Antique Pocket Watch we have ever handled and the Sporting subject make it even more desirable. A VERY rare and VERY beautiful, ca1905 Large Size, Sterling Silver Swimming Trophy type Pocket Watch and a fantastic addition to any collection!! 

 

 

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

Oct.11th- 17th 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

THIS WEEKS FEATURE

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c1880

VIENNA BRONZE

"Two Strikes"

 BASEBALL STATUE

 4" tall

One of the finest baseball statues ever produced

1998 Price $10,000.00

 

Overview by Carlton Hendricks

 

I'm restarting up Sports Antique of the week beginning today after a ten week absence. My dad passed away September 3rd 2009 so I've been getting my head together, plus just plain procrastinating. I decided to start back out with a bang...as this Vienna bronze is one the greatest sports antiques on the planet.

 

Without reservation I can say you're looking at one of the finest baseball statues you will ever see. This is what's referred to as a Vienna bronze. Vienna bronzes were produced in Vienna Austria from the late 19th century to about 1920. They're usually about one inch tall, though they can vary from about one half inch to about four inches. They are usually described as "cold painted" which just simply means they're painted. They come in very wide variety of subjects. Many of the ones you see at antiques shows would have appealed to Victorian era women. Typically you'll see a lot of animals, some doing humorous things like cats playing tennis etc. Often they would be described as fanciful and whimsical. Along with all these attributes, they are foremost recognized for their fine detail and casting. Intuition tells me these little sculptures caught on internationally, and many studios sprung up around Vienna to produce and export them around the world. Probably most commonly they were sold in fine gift and jewelry stores in large cities, and perhaps thru catalogs.

 

ViennaBoxersClose - Copy.JPG (24252 bytes)There weren't many sports themed Vienna bronzes produced. I have a soccer group click here StraightOn.jpg (345919 bytes) and two boxers...and then there was this baseball one...Back when I saw this I didn't know enough to look for markings as to who produced it. However I would be surprised if it wasn't done by Franz Xavier Bergman who is considered the most prolific producer of Vienna bronzes. 

 

And now we come to how I came across this incredible work. It must have been about twelve to fourteen  years ago I went to the Art Deco show in San Francisco....as I made my way around the show looking for anything sports related I came to the booth of Off the Wall Antiques, from Los Angeles. Within the previous year I had bought an incredible c1910 bronze trophy  plaque for a polo match in New Orleans Louisiana. From that purchase they had gotten to know me enough  to know I liked sports sculpture. When I walked up to their booth one of the Dennis' (both owners are named Dennis) told me about a phenomenal Vienna bronze of a baseball batter and catcher they had just gotten. He described it and said it was so finely detailed you could remove the catchers mask. He said it was $10,000.00 and that it was back at a house they had rented for the week, and that if I wanted to see it, for me to come back at nine o'clock after the show closed and they would take me to see it. Both Dennis' are very open about everything. They told me they bought it right in the parking lot of the show for $5,000.00. Later I learned Chuck Morganstein of Woodchuck Antiques in San Francisco was who they bought it from.

 

At that time I was only vaguely familiar with Vienna bronzes from seeing them occasionally at antiques shows. I had never heard of a statue like he described, so I was determined to see it whether I could afford it or not. That meant hanging around San Francisco the rest of the day till nine o'clock. I spent the time going thru used book stores and came back as directed. I followed them back to their house and it was exactly as they described. I was so taken back I literally forgot to take photos. Unable to afford it, all I could do was go home and think about it.

 

About a month later I went to the All American Antiques show in Glendale Calif and Off the Wall was set up there and still had the statue for sale. They said they would let me have it for $8,000.00, but still I was out. But at least that time I took the photos of it you see above. Although that was before digital cameras so the ones you see above are digital photos I took of the hard copies I took that day.

 

Anyway...all I could do is look and learn, it was just to expensive for me. I recall I sent hard copy photos to a couple buddies and they both were very struck by it, but they couldn't see $8,000.00. Now if that was today!!!!!....I think I recall someone, I can't remember who, telling me there is a batter by it's self, but to this day I've never seen another example of the group or a single batter and can't find anyone who has. I've asked Joe Zobel who is probably the most well known Vienna bronze dealer in the United States, and he's never seen an example. Plus anytime I come across an antiques dealer at a show that has a lot of Vienna's' I ask them about a baseball one, but have never had any luck.

 

The next time I saw the Dennis' I asked about the statue and they said they sold it their at the Glendale show the weekend I saw it there. One day I was looking thru a book of photos of  Victorian decors and about fell over to see a photos of a den that had one sitting on the fireplace mantle. It's pretty small to make out but I'm certain it the same Vienna baseball statue from the stance of the batters leg and the dark chest protector the catcher is wearing. See below,

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

July 26th- August 1st 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

THIS WEEKS FEATURE

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c1933

SPORT KINGS 

CHEWING GUM CARDS ADVERTISING POSTER

Printed on paper - 15" tall X 15" wide 

Twenty four top athletes featured - Columbus Ohio collector has owned it twenty five years

 

Overview by Carlton Hendricks

 

I spotted this c1933 Sport Kings Gum card poster on a Net54 thread to "show your advertising pieces". I'm not a card collector, but it had the look and I knew it was rare. The Sport Kings card set that this poster advertises was produced by the Goudy Gum Company in 1933. To a collector who has chased the cards, the poster would be a very rare and iconic extension to a complete set. 

 

The owner of the poster is fifty four year old hobby veteran Rick Payne of Columbus Ohio. Rick said he has owned it twenty five years and that it's been on his wall all that time. The poster is printed on paper and measures 15" by 15" excluding matt and frame.

 

Rick said he and his late father Joe had set up at eleven National Sports Collector Conventions from 1986 to 2001. I asked Rick where and how he came into it and he replied that a friend of his found two boxes of Sport Kings gum boxes in an old drug store in the 1970's, and that this poster was in one of the boxes. Rick said it took ten years but he finally got the poster and an empty box and fourteen lesser stars cards in a trade. Rick also added the poster isn't for sale. Below is email correspondence with Rick and a list of questions he graciously answered for this story. 

 

 

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EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE WITH RICK PAYNE 

Rick, 

What are the dimensions of that Sport King 
poster? Is that on cardstock? Is it for sale? It's great. -Carlton

Hi, Carlton! 

Glad you liked it. It measures 15 x 15; and is printed on paper that I had dry mounted many years ago as part of restoration process. Quite a story, really...a friend had found TWO unopened boxes of Sport Kings gumcards in an old drug store in the 1970s and this poster was in one of them. Back then, no one seemed too interested in unopened packs so he opened them all. While the minty cards were great, at that time I was a pauper and always set my sights on the poster. It took about 10 years before I was finally able to trade the poster, an empty box and about 14 packs with lesser stars off of him. Box and cards are long gone. The poster isn't for sale, though...too many happy memories there.

I am going to be selling some nice things soon; my dad died in December and I'm overwhelmed with the combination of his collection and mine. We set up a booth once a year at most Nationals from 1990 - 2001, but started collecting back in the mid 1960s. I've got some great stuff but am woefully ignorant of values and the best way to market them. It's all memorabilia, not cards...which always made it easy to generate interest but a crapshoot on getting the right price for it. I'm expecting to make a run up to Cleveland for the National this year to reacquaint myself with the hobby. 

Keep in touch! Rick

Hello Rick, 
1. What year was this poster produced? Are there any markings? Printer?? year? any markings would be important..can you photograph them?...Can you send a better photo of the full gum box ?
2. When did Sport King start and end production of the gum? and the cards? 
3. Are the cards considered standouts? That is, are they considered to be nicer/more desirable than most baseball cards?
4. What's the market value of the poster?
5. What are some highs of the cards?
6. What is a complete set worth these days?
7. Is this poster rare? How many have you seen?
8. How did you come into the poster? Where did you find it? 
9. How does it rate among your collection? is it number number one?

10. Please feel free to elaborate on any other knowldege of this poster you care to share
Thanks -Carlton

Carton,

OK, I'll do my best on these questions...but I am not the right guy to ask about current values. 


1. This poster was issued with the first series of Goudey Gum's SPORTS KINGS CHEWING GUM in 1933. The poster measure 15 " x 15" and was printed on slick paper. The card images are exactly the same size as the cards with exactly the same coloration. The poster pictures all 24 cards issued in 1933 (the first series of the program). There are no printing indicia on the poster and the back is blank. Originally, there was a strip of adhesive along the front of the top and bottom borders which was intended to be moistened to stick the poster to a window for display.

2 There are a total of 48 cards in the set. Goudey Gum reportedly issued the first series of 24 cards in 1933 and a second series of 24 in 1934, but they obviously knew a second series was coming because they mentioned it on the poster...so I'm not sure the second series wasn't released earlier. Each box held 100 packs.

3. SPORT KINGS only included three baseball players...Babe Ruth & Ty Cobb in 1933 and Carl Hubbell in 1934. The Goudey 1933 BIG LEAGUE CHEWING GUM set (R319) produced four cards of Ruth and they are more valuable than the SPORT KINGS Ruth. There was no Cobb in the BIG LEAGUE set, and I think the Hubbell SPORT KINGS is valued higher than the BIG LEAGUE card. Beyond baseball, however, SPORT KINGS is a tremendous set. This single set (in fact, this poster) features almost all the legends of American Sports of the early 20th century, active and retired...and it's interesting to note that the definition of "Sports" included famous aviators, surfers, dogsled racers, cyclists and pool players. 

4. I don't know value of the poster; I would guess between $5,000 and $10,000. I can't think of any other set where every card in the series is pictured full-size on the poster! I haven't seen any other Goudey posters that come close to this one in visual impact. I know this isn't the only one out there, but I don't think too many survived the 1930s due to the adhesive.

5. Again, I'm the wrong guy to ask about values of cards. Key first series cards are the Ruth, Cobb, Grange, Thorpe and Dempsey. Key second series cards are Bobby Jones, Babe Didrickson (only female in the set), Knute Rockne and the Carl Hubbell. The hockey and basketball cards are also valuable, as is the Johnny Weismuller...who is best known as Tarzan in the movies.

6. Not a clue, but I'm sure some sets must have been auctioned by the big boys.

7. I'm sure this isn't the only one in existence, but I don't think too many survived the 1930s due to the adhesive. If you stuck it to a glass, the poster would have been severely damaged upon removal. And if I had been a kid in 1933, I would have begged the retailer for the sign so I could glue it to cardboard and cut it up to make my own cards! I do remember seeing one in an auction many years ago and don't know if any turned up in the big Goudey Company find. 

8. Great story. A friend found two unopened boxes in a drug store back in the 1970s. Even then, the cards were valuable and most of the packs were opened and sold or traded. All the key cards were there and they were FLAWLESS except for the gum-stained backs (I've attached scans of one pack I kept). This folded poster was laid on top of the cards in one of the two boxes. I always had my sights set on the poster and about ten years later was able to trade for it and one of the boxes. The real challenge was dissolving the adhesives, which had fused together after all those years in the heat. It was painstaking work but the satisfaction in seeing it turn out so well was priceless.

9. It's hung on my wall for over 25 years and I still get a thrill each time I see it. It's not the most "valuable" thing in my collection, but there's nothing I "value" more than this. With the inspired design, great color, realistic images and historical significance, this is about as good as it gets.

10. One other observation: The "Free Large Photographic Pictures" reference at the bottom of the poster refers to a mailaway=2 0offer also described on the wrappers. If you sent 50 wrappers to Goudey, you could get one of eight 9" x 5 1/2" prints of selected athletes (DEMPSEY, RUTH, SARAZEN, TILDEN, LONDOS, GRANGE, WEISSMULLER and MORENZ). I have never seen any of these...would love to see them!

 

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

July 19th- 25th 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

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BOATER STYLE

 BASEBALL  HAT 

Collection of author, bought at 2007 National Sports Collectors Convention from Darla Bernhardt

Purchased for $200.00

 

Overview by Carlton Hendricks

 

I bought this hat from Darla Bernhardt for $200.00 at the 2007 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland. Darla and company had a lot of very interesting things, which you can read about in the 07' National coverage of her booth. It was kind of an interesting way to buy something, as I wasn't looking for a boater hat, and wasn't expecting to come across one. They are very rare and it was the first one I ever recall for sale, so I went pretty much on intuition. I was surveying Darla's booth for treasure for my story when I saw it. When you're at the National covering it for a story, you're kind of on overload. You're seeing so many great things that when you see something for yourself you have to kind of snap to. Darla said it was $200.00, and I didn't even try to negotiate, just paid it. When I got home I had to move my pillbox cap to fit it in, but looked great.

 

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

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July 12th- 18th 2009

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c1900

CARVED WOOD 

FOLK ART PLAQUE 

OF A TENNIS PLAYER 

22'' tall X 15 1/2'' wide X 1 1/2'' thick

Lorn Wallace inscribed on side 

Auctioned on eBay July 12th 2009

Closing bid $130.00

 

 

Overview by Carlton Hendricks

 

I came across this plaque on eBay when I searched under "antique tennis". It was being auctioned by an antiques dealer in Denver. It was titled as table tennis, but I think it was tennis, and the direction of the racquet handles just makes them look short. The dealer said he got it from a thrift store. I've never seen anything quite like it. The 22 inch tall size was huge. A friend jested it was Geraldo Rivera's great grandfather. "I think the guy is "Rocky" Rivera, Great grandfather of Geraldo Rivera". I seriously considered bidding, and was planning on going up to about $150.00, but never got around to it.

 

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

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July 5th- 11th 2009

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Four c1900

SHIRLEY PRESIDENT 

SUSPENDERS ADVERTISING POSTERS

Photographed on location at 2007 National 

Sports Collectors Convention, Cleveland Ohio 

booth of Glen and Lisa Mechanick

Printed on cardstock -13 1/2" tall X 8 1/2" wide 

Set of four priced $12,000.00 

 

Overview by Carlton Hendricks

 

I came across this set of four Shirley President Suspenders advertising posters in the booth of Glen and Lisa Mechanick at the 2007 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland. They're the only  examples of them I've ever seen. They weren't real big posters but the quality was striking and they were in excellent condition.  On the back of the batter poster is very interesting text obviously intended for retailers. From it we learn they were intended to be displayed in the retailers window. Also, there were six produced, which meant Glen was missing the "Golfing Girl" and the "Billiard Girl" ones. Apparently the suspenders were wholesaled in boxes of six, as the text indicates "You will find one picture in every half dozen box of Shirley President Suspenders." Moreover it's indicated if the retailer was missing any of the set they could write for them by number. Nothing is mentioned about price so it seems the posters/pictures were given away to the retailers. The retailers were instructed to write to the C.A. Edgarton Mfg. Co. in Shirley Massachusetts. The ShirleyHistory.org website has some interesting insight about the company. 

 

In 1845, the railroad from Boston to Fitchburg opened Shirley up to further development. The town also became home to many industries including a cordage factory and the C.A. Edgarton Suspender Factory which, by 1890, had become the second largest maker of suspenders in the country. link

 

1881 C.A. Edgarton and Sons opened a factory on Leominster Road to produce webbing for suspenders and garters. Around 1900 - it became known as the President Suspender Company. About 1930 - George Frost Belt Company merged with the Suspender Company. In the early 1960's the President name was dropped and it was just George Frost Company. In 1988 - AMPAC bought the All Star sporting goods line from George Frost. In 1996 - AMPAC bought the George Frost building and rented out portions to other businesses. link

 

The excerpt below is from page 4 of my 2007 National coverage story.

 

Next was one of the best things I saw at the show, a set of four c1900 advertising posters for the Shirley President Suspenders Company. All the posters featured young ladies participating in different sports. There was one for tennis , fishing , baseball , and bowling. According to the back of them there was also a Billiard Girl, and a Golfing Girl that Glen didn't have. Each was 13 1/2" tall x 8 1/2" wide, $12,000.00 for the set of four. link

 

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

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June 28th- July 4th 2009

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c1890 

BASEBALL PLAYER 

FIGURAL MATCH HOLDER

4 1/2" tall X 4 1/4" wide

Priced $995.00, Offered by John D. Wahl Antiques, Richmond, New Hampshire, see listing

Found on Google while 

searching for baseball folk art

 

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Overview by Carlton Hendricks

I came across this match holder on the internet while looking for baseball folk art. It's listed on the J. D. Wahl Antiques website, who are located in Richmond New Hampshire. Based on the ring at the top this obviously hangs on the wall, so wouldn't be considered a match safe. In the antiques world you occasionally see early  decorative utilitarian items like this with a baseball motif, but they are rare.

 

I know I've seen this match holder before in the hobby. I believe it may have been made by the same concern that made a c1890's baseball mirror I have. My mirror has gold paint, whereas this match holder has white. The glass mirror is diamond shaped and originally came with a small cast baseball base that sat on the highest tip point of the mirror. Mine is missing that base, but going from memory, I believe the ones I've seen were identical to the cast baseball base on the front of the match holders pocket.

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1890's baseball mirror, likely same maker as match holder

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Mirror and 

match holder comparison

 

Dating this item is not easy as it isn't marked, and we have little to go on. We do have couple of clues though. There is a catchers mask on the front of the match pocket so we know for sure it's from after 1877 when the catchers mask was invented by Fred Thayer at Harvard in 1877. And the pill box cap would likely place it pre 1900. So we can fairly well place it between 1877 and 1900. For the sake of identification I've gone with c1890's, but it could have originated in the 1880's.

 

There is a small bit of damage in that the center strip of the fence has had the end knocked off on the viewers left, but the character of the modeling is such that you don't notice it.

 

ALSO, CLICK HERE TO 

READ THE CHATTER ABOUT THIS ITEM ON NET54

 

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

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June 21st- 27th 2009

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c1900 Print

"A TOUCHDOWN FOR PENNSYLVANIA" 

12" X 12" Priced $350.00

Photographed on location at the 2006 

National Sports Collectors Convention

Booth of John Ross

 

Overview by Carlton Hendricks

I shot this interesting little print in the booth of 

John Ross of Harrisburg PA at the 2006 National Sports Collectors Convention in Anaheim Calif. I had never seen it before, and as I later learned, it turned out to be quite rare. A couple years after I saw it in Anaheim, I saw it on eBay. I can't recall what it went for, just that I got outbid. I sent a congratulatory email to the winning bidder. The winner sent me back and email explaining she had bought it as a volunteer for the University of Pennsylvania archives, and it was the first example they had seen.

 

Below comments excerpted from my 2006 National coverage.

 

.....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......

 

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

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June 14th-20th 2009

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c1880's 

MONARCH SPORTING GOODS COMPANY 

One Dozen

BASE BALLS

SHIPPING BOX

With Original

Chromolithographed Label

Illustrated Game Scene

5 1/2" tall by 5 1/4" wide 

by 8 3/8" deep

made of cardstock

Photographed on location 

2004 National Sports Collectors Convention

Booth of Bob McCann 

Price $2,500.00

 

......Next from Bob, was one of the best pieces at the show. A c1880’s chromolithographed box that held a dozen baseballs from Monarch Sporting Goods Company of New York, outstanding condition, and outstanding label on the front, 5 ½” tall by 5 ¼” wide by 8 3/8” deep, $2,500.00.......

excerpted page 3, 2004 National Coverage

 

 

I shot this box in Bob McCann's booth at the 2004 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland. I do not recall ever seeing a nicer baseballs box like this. The condition is remarkable for being made of cardstock. 

 

Interestingly when I google Monarch Sporting Goods Company I don't get any references. I posted an inquiry about this box on Net54 , but to date haven't learned much about the Monarch Sporting Goods history.  Shawn England monarch1.jpg (61788 bytes) posted a photo of a print ad from Sporting Life magazine which advertises a baseball endorsed  by Hall of Famer Clark Griffith. The advertising copy states "it's an official ball", but doesn't elaborate who or what organization deemed it "official". At the bottom the ad it states "we make base ball uniforms". In all, from this ad we glean the Monarch company was successful enough to pay a big name player to endorse a ball, and they made uniforms. And oh yeah, the ball sold for $1.25!

 

Rhys Yeakley posted that he once bought some Monarch hockey pucks but has not seen anything else from the company. So we know they made hockey pucks at some point. Finally Jim Daniel who has a killer website baseballglovecollector.com, posted a photo of a Monarch Sporting Goods baseball glove endorsed by JoeMedwickGloveMonarchFront.jpg (90780 bytes) another Hall of Famer Joe Medwick . Apparently Monarch jobbed out the glove. Jim provided "This Monarch glove was clearly made by Denkert who operated out of Johnstown and Gloversville, NY."

 

Hunt Auctions auctioned this box in August 1999 for $1,675.00. The catalog description included the following insightful commentary: "This is the first intact example that we've encountered and due to obvious fragility and age will most likely be the only copy we'll handle. Stunning"....

 

This was all I could dig up. It wouldn't surprise me to some day learn Spalding owned them. We at least know Spalding would have been a competitor in the 1880-90's. A sporting goods company doesn't just appear out of thin air; it takes some knowledge of sports equipment for one thing. Until more information or at least clues turn up we can only speculate. I would imagine some baseball player started making mitts and balls and selling them on a small scale and the enterprise grew.

 

 

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

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June 7th-13th 2009

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c1877 

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

NINE

versus

DELAWARES

Of Port Jervis 

Base Ball Game BROADSIDE POSTER

15 ¼ tall by 9 ¾ wide 

printed on paper

collection of author

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......Amazingly on page 19 paragraph 

2 the book gives an account of a game between Cornell University and the Delawares in June 1877....... 

 

 

I got this broadside poster from Mark Rucker about fifteen to seventeen years ago; I think I paid $500.00. I remember when I was trying to negotiate a better deal; Mark said he hadn't shown it to the ephemera collectors and that they would like the eagle. That did it, I bought it on the spot. I wasn't taking any chances losing it. It was a better deal than I even realized at the time, as I don't think I've seen a college baseball poster this early and nice since. 

 

I never knew anything about the Delawares team advertised on the poster all these years until I looked into it for this article. I posted an enquiry on Net54 Vintage Baseball Memorabilia forum to see if anyone knew anything about the them. I received  a tip from a Net54 member named timzcardz about a book titled "Cap Anson 2" By Howard W. Rosenberg which is on-line. Amazingly on page 19 paragraph 2 the book gives an account of a game between Cornell University and the Delawares in June 1877. Moreover, according to the book, Hall of Famer Mike "King" Kelly 1857-1894 played for the Delawares and the book gives an account DanceCard.jpg (63975 bytes) of Kelly playing catcher and dropping a ball after tagging the runner. The Cornell runner scored but the Delawares won. Also gleaned from Net54 research well, member Shawn England posted a photo of an 1876 card which announces a dance in honor of the Delawares.

 

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Since the initial posting of this MikeKingKellyBook.jpg (22782 bytes)article I've received two additional bits of background on the Delawares. Shawn England from the Net54 Vintage Baseball Memorabilia forum posted on that site, a quote from the c1888 book "Play Ball: Stories of the Diamond Field" By Mike Kelly. The quote which you can read in full here indicates Kelly only played a few games with the Delawares before moving on, and that he "didn't care much for the place" . 

 

I also got an email from baseball historian and researcher Bob Mayer of New York state which indicated the Delawares existed by at least 1866, see email quote below.

"The Delawares of Port Jervis were an opponent of a team I did some research on a few years ago. The team was already organized by 1866 and was the first team the Wallkills of Middletown played that year. PJ won the first game and the Wallkills won the second.  In the early 1880's Fred Nyce who later played some in the Minors pitched for the Delawares"

 

From Shawn England's post I made the most amazing discovery that BaseballChronology.com posts classic baseball books on their site. And not just the text; the layouts include original photos and graphics so you get the feel of reading the original volume. These are rare books you could take years searching for. Naturally, reading them on line doesn't have the status of owning the originals . However, if you go to a thrift store and buy some old worthless antique books, you can open them up around your computer so you get the musty smell while you're reading BaseballChronology's books on line. But seriously, if you truly enjoy the read, and don't have to have the originals to show off, these on line volumes are fantastic.

 

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May 31st- June 6th 2009

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19 1/2 inch tall by 13 1/2 inch wide framed

c1910 HOME RUN CIGARETTES ADVERTISING POSTER

Sold May 4, 2008  for $9,500.00

in Robert Edward Auctions

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This Home Run Cigarettes poster sold in the May 2008 Robert Edward Auction for $9,500.00. Over the last 20 plus years I've only seen it pop up in auctions a handful of times. You see Home front.jpg (184797 bytes) Run Cigarettes for sale in the hobby from time to time. I bought a pack  at the 1991 National, which I still have, for $100.00. 

 

Interestingly two cigar brands from the same time period also used the name Home Run. There HOME RUN-TINS STITCH.jpg (143913 bytes) was Home-Run Stogie cigars made by the J. A. Rigby Cigars Company of Mansfield Ohio.  There was also Home Run Cigars, who's maker is uncertain, but is speculated to have originated in Pennsylvania. There doesn't appear to be any  connection between these products, and it's unknown if a proprietary claim to the name was ever made. 

 

Until I focused on it for this article, I never really knew if this poster advertised the same Home Run Cigarettes I have. Actually I never knew much of anything about my pack of cigarettes and was even suspicious they might be some kind of fantasy piece. I think I was thrown off because the graphics of the poster are so good, and the graphics on the cigarette packs are so lame. When you look close, the graphics of the poster are not only better, they're quite different. 

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Check out the catchers mask on the cigarette pack to the left above. What the heck is that? That's what I mean by lame graphics. What's astounding is they used that same lame illustration on the packs for at least fifty years. However, even though the batter and catcher don't match, the font style of "HOME RUN" does.

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Moreover, the cigarette pack used as home base in the poster illustration matches as well.

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OF HOME RUN CIGARETTES

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Left, later version changed in 1920's

Cigarette packs match 

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Pack marked copyright 1921 by Liggett & Meyers

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Home Base in poster

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Pack made in 1918 at Fact 3, Dist. of La.

Right photo courtesy Jim Shaw, JimsBurntOfferings.com

 

Many years ago on eBay, I bought a newspaper page from the January 8, 1891 The Daily Picayune-New Orleans. It had an advertisement for Home Run Cigarettes. It's one of those kind of things you buy that you don't really need for your collection. I've shoved it around for years un-displayed and finally it serves a purpose for this article. By it we have documentation Home Run Cigarettes were sold as early as January 8, 1891. 

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NEWSPAPER AD IN JANUARY 8,1891 THE DAILY PICAYUNE-NEW ORLEANS

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Moreover, from this ad we know S. Hernsheim & Bros. of New Orleans LA. was the manufacturer at that time. It's reported S. Hernsheim & Bros. was the largest cigar manufacturer in the United States in the early 1890's and was founded by Simon Hernsheim 1839-1898. His factory was five stories tall, and built in 1882. The company employed 361 men and 726 women in production, plus another 100 clerical and sales people. 

 

Tobacco historian Joe Parker told me Home Run Cigarettes were marketed largely in the south, and he 

believes they were produced up until the early 1980's. Joe also filled me in that the W.R. Irby Tobacco Company of New Orleans, and the Liggett and Meyers tobacco company also owned Home Run Cigarettes at different junctures of it's history.  Jon Canfield of baseballandtobacco.com informed me Home Run Cigarettes never issued tobacco cards and that it's connection to baseball was purely graphical.

 

I'll clarify this study is only a quick general one consistent with the time constraints of a weekly feature. Hopefully this cursory look will encourage further study of this company. 

 

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SportsAntiques.com thanks the following tobacco historians who helped with my research for this article. Jim Shaw of JimsBurntOfferings.com, Jon Canfield of baseballandtobacco.com, and 

Joe Parker of Prince Frederic Maryland.

Photos of Home Run Cigarettes poster and catalog description, Home Run Cigars tin, and Home Run Stogies tin courtesy Robert Edward Auctions

 

 

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ADDITIONAL RELATED INFORMATION AND CORRESPONDENCE ABOUT THIS POSTER

 

Email exchange with tobacco historian Jon Canfield

Hello Jon, Carlton Hendricks here with SportsAntiques.com. Can you tell me anything about Home Run Cigarettes? I'd like to learn more about this brand.
Thanks -Carlton 
Carlton,
Good to hear from you. I'd be happy to share what I know about Home run Cigarettes however let me begin with a disclaimer - the information I have is not exacting in that I am unsure of the complete production run (when the brand began exactly, was production continuous, when it ended exactly). With all that being said...

Home Run Cigarettes were began sometime between 1911 and 1918. By 1918, Home Run was being advertised in newspapers. The original packs were paper with black and white (or black and tan-ish) graphics. They were not the more common green printing you see frequently. The original packs are quite rare. Jim Shaw has a scan of an original pack on his website: http://users.ap.net/~burntofferings/packsliggett_duke.html I also saw one sell on eBay within the past year. I bid on it but was outbid (I think it sold for $100 or so which was a great price for an original pack). To date, it was the only original pack I have ever seen for sale.

I am unsure as to whether production was continuous, however I know Home run cigarette packs were made into the 1970's. Sometime in the early 1930's (or late 1920s), the colors were changed and the typical green and white packs were being made. I have personally seen green and white packs from the 1930's, 1950's and 1970's. In the later years, cellophane wrapping was added (with the red pull band at top).

Home Run Cigarettes never issued any cards. It's connection to baseball is purely graphical.

Hope this helps!

Kind regards, Jon

 

Email exchange with tobacco historian Joe Parker

Hi  Carlton Hendricks here with SportsAntiques.com. Can you tell me anything about Home Run Cigarettes? I'd like to learn more about this brand, see attached photo. I'm planning an article on the poster.  Thanks -Carlton
Hi, Carlton.
I’m getting ready to leave town for the weekend, so I wasn’t sure that I’d have time to get back to you tonight… but I did, so here goes. Some of this you probably already know.
Home Run was a brand of the W.R. Irby Tobacco Company of New Orleans. The Irby company was acquired by American Tobacco Company in, if memory serves, 1899, although there may have been a relationship between the two companies prior to that date. When American Tobacco was dissolved, the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company wound up with the brand. They manufactured the brand at least through the 1970s, and I think at least into the very early 1980s. According to the Patent Office website, Liggett Group cancelled the trademark on May 12, 1981. Registration number 905,021 for “Home Run” was issued on December 29, 1970 and claimed that the brand’s first use in commerce was in October 1892. Lee A. Dew in his history of the Pinkerton Tobacco Company (long a subsidiary of Liggett & Myers), stated that Home Run was made with all Burley tobacco and was marketed largely in the south.
That’s pretty much the sum-total of everything I know about the brand. Hope it has been of at least some help! I’d be interested in seeing the article when you get done.
All the best,
Joe
Joe, Thanks so much for this info...it's very helpful...Say...what's the significance of being all Burley tobacco? Thanks so much again.-Carlton

Hi, Carlton,
Just got back in town a little while ago. Glad the information was of use. The significance of the all-Burley blend of tobacco is that it’s somewhat unusual. The so-called American blend cigarette as pioneered by Camel cigarettes was a mixture of Bright tobacco, Burley tobacco, a bit of Turkish tobacco and possibly a touch of Maryland tobacco for its even burning quality. Burley tobacco would generally probably be cheaper and it also has a larger capacity to absorb flavoring to cover the taste of “inferior” tobacco. The vast majority of cigarettes sold in this country since Camels were introduced and became popular have been variations on the American blend.
All the best,
Joe

 

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Two tobacco products employing the Home Run brand name believed unrelated to Home Run Cigarettes. Photos courtesy Robert Edward Auctions

 

APRIL/MAY 2005 ROBERT EDWARD AUCTIONS CATALOG DESCRIPTION 
Circa 1910 cardboard advertising poster for "Home Run Cigarettes" features a batter and catcher in full color with a pack of "Home Run Cigarettes" serving as home plate. This classic full-color lithographic advertising poster is one of the rarest and most impressive of all 1910-era generic baseball advertising pieces. This is a particularly well known piece in the general antique advertising collecting world, and has a higher profile in that collecting field than in the baseball collecting world. The advertising display is also featured in several books on classic American advertising lithography. This is one of only a handful of known examples. The poster (12 x 18 inches), which is produced on extremely thick stock (rigid and approximately one-quarter inch thick), displays a number of minor flaws consistent with its age, fragile nature, and former use including light soiling, minor abrasions and creases, tiny border tears, and a few insignificant tiny areas of color touch-up in the green of the grass (really minor and of no consequence). The colors remain strong and vibrant, and the piece displays beautifully. Of special note also is that the wood frame is original to the piece. This is how it was originally issued by Home Run Cigarettes for display in retail tobacco establishments, and because of this, the frame is really a part of the advertising display. Total dimensions: 13.5 x 19.5 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. 

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

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May 24th- 30th 2009

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Dealer Phillip A. Howe of Michele's with A.B. Spreckels Golf Trophy at  April 2009 Hillsborough Antiques Show, San Mateo Calif.

c1930 PRESENTATION SILVER GOLF TROPHY 

BY REED AND BARTON

Inscribed

The A. B. Spreckels Golf Cup Played at Coronado California 1930 won by Clifford H.B. Little  Runnerup G. Bramstedt

Sterling, 21" wide x 18" tall

photographed on location 

Hillsborough Antiques Show

Price $29,000.00

Offered by Michele's, Austin Texas

www.michelessilver.com 

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Sorry for the delay in getting out this week's sports antique. Memorial Day weekend didn't allow time .  

 

I came across this trophy at the April 2009 Hillsborough Antiques Show held at the San Mateo California Expo. Rarely do you walk in a show these days and  see something this Adolph_B__Spreckels.jpg (29032 bytes)extraordinary, so it took me by surprise. This type of trophy is what's referred to as presentation silver. Unlike stock trophies, presentation silver are unique one of a kind commissioned works. Usually they are considered museum pieces, and this is no exception. I've written about the Reed and Barton company who produced it, which you can read here. The trophy was given by sugar magnet Adolph Spreckels 1857-1924. Read here how he shot the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle.

 

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

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May 17th- 23rd 2009

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c1927 SPALDING BASEBALL EQUIPMENT ADVERTISING SIGN

 FEATURING PAUL WANER

42 inch tall by 29 inch wide 

Die cut stand-up printed on cardstock

Sold for $13,145.00 , Oct 28, 2005 

Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas

This sign sold in Heritage Auctions for $13,145.00 in October 2005. Now this is an exciting piece! If you click on the photo you'll see it's been framed. However it was originally designed as an easel back standup. When you frame a sign like this you protect it  from damage, but you loose it's full visual impact. Personally, I prefer to display easel back signs standing up as they were intended. We can only view this sign on our monitors, but I can tell you from experience, at 42" tall this sign would be very impressive in person. 

 

If you were a heavy duty Pittsburgh Pirates collector, this would most likely be your center piece, seeing it features Paul Waner. Even if you didn't know who Paul Waner was this could be a center piece. First of all it's for Spalding, king of sports equipment makers. Then you have the jumbo size, then the period illustration style that announces it's age. Then you have the fact it's a die cut standup; attributes that generally make signs more interesting and deluxe. Lastly it features a Hall of Famer, Paul Waner. 

 

Antique sports related advertising signs don't get a whole lot better than this. I wish I could walk into the National and find a sign this great! However, the hobby has evolved to where things of this quality are usually auctioned thru the major sports auction houses. Here we have a perfect example!

 

Paul Glee Waner
Born April 16, 1903, 

Harrah, OK.
Died August 29, 1965, Sarasota, FL

Pittsburgh Pirates 1926-1940
Brooklyn Dodgers 

1941
Boston Braves 

1941-1942
Brooklyn Dodgers 1943-1944
New York Yankees 1944-1945

Paul Glee Waner, along with his brother Lloyd, starred in the Pittsburgh Pirates' outfield in the 1920s and 1930s. He led the National League in batting on three

occasions and accumulated over 3,000 hits in his career from 1926 to 1945. He was voted the NL's Most Valuable Player in 1927, and compiled a lifetime batting average of .333. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1952. Paul was famous for his ability to hit while hung over. He gave up drinking in 1938 at management's request, he hit only .280 - the first of only two times that he failed to hit .300 as a Pirate.  Paul had the unusual habit of doing back flips in order to sober up before playing. His nick name was "Big Poison". Legend has it he got the name from an opposing New York fan who referred to him as "Big Person" but the Brooklyn accent converted it to "Big Poison".

 

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

May 10th- 16th 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

THIS WEEKS FEATURE

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C1890  

Mary Gregory/Bohemian Style 

BASEBALL MOTIF LEMONADE SET

Pitcher - 10" tall x 7" wide incl. handle

Glasses - 3 1/2" tall x 2 3/4" wide 

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Kevin Ogara of East Northpoint Long Island N.Y. was kind enough to send in photos of this lemonade set. Over the years I've seen this type glass work in the antiques world. I've seen it with tennis players but that was the only sports example until this. This type glass is  referred to as Bohemian or Mary Gregory style. According to what I read there is purported to be a mythical account that one Mary Gregory originated the style. And that she worked for the Boston and Sandwich glass company from 1880 to 1884. However, the consensus today seems to be this type glass is from Europe, particularly Austria and Bohemia, which today is the newly formed state of Czechoslovakia. It's not all that unusual for American sports to be used as an art theme on  European works. I speculate the artist who rendered the baseball players on this set may been given a magazine illustration, or photo to work from. 

 

Whoever produced this set didn't cut corners on detail. The pitcher doesn't just depict one player but three different on three sides; a catcher, LeftHandedGlass.jpg (73673 bytes)RightHandedGlass.jpg (70981 bytes)fielder, and batter. Apparently there were originally six glasses, all with batters. Kevin said three are right handed, and two left handed. Although it doesn't come thru in the photos, Kevin said the rim of the top of the pitcher and the glasses is gold rimmed. Kevin also remarked the carafe is remarkably light weight.  Below our exchange of emails:

 

carlton, im sending photos of a hand painted glass lemonaide set from 1880 to1890s. this was known as mary gregory glass or bohemian glass from europe, not sure if its american. can you see if anyone has ever seen anything like it. its missing one glass since there were 3 left and 3 right handed batters. it is in remarkable cond. there isnt a chip on any of the pieces ,and its amazing that it was never broken. thanks kevin. 

Kevin, Please give me all the details.....the who, what, where, how much, etc...how did you come into them, how long you had them?? 

Thanks -Carlton 

carlton ,i had a chance years ago, probably 10 years to buy this set for 700 dollars which i thought was a steal, and i couldnt afford it at the time from a dealer i know. well i stopped at his house where they had this set in there antique collection and i asked figuring it was long gone and woudnt you know it they still had it, and he said it was 700 dollars 10 years later and i bought it. it doesnt have a makers mark on it . all i know its either american or bohemian. it is known as mary gregory glass because of the ferns painted around the figures. if you google mary gregory glass you'll see what i mean. the people i got it from new it was worth alot more but knew i was a sports collector. to me it is a stunning hand painted glass set and flawless. thanks

Can you please send me the full dimensions of all the pieces..height and width? Also are there any markings? if so can I get photos? thanks -Carlton 

carlton there are no markings. the glasses are 31/2" H x2 3/4"wide. the lemonaide pitcher is 10 1/2"H X 5" wide, 7" including the handle. there is still the gold gilding on the rim at the top of the pieces and at the base of the pitcher. kevin

 

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

May 3rd- 9th 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

THIS WEEKS FEATURE

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C1940's 

JOE MARTY'S 

BAR AND RESTAURANT 

NEON BASEBALL SIGN

Aprox. 7 Ft wide X 4 1/2 Ft. tall

Mounted on the Tower Theater building, 

Broadway and Land Park Drive, Sacramento CA. 

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Joseph Anton Marty 

Bats: Right , Throws: Right 
Height: 6' 0" , Weight: 182 lb. 
Born: September 1, 1913 in Sacramento, CA

Died: October 4, 1984 in Sacramento, CA 
Schools: Christian Brothers High, Sacramento, Saint Mary's College of California 
Debut: April 22, 1937 
Final Game: September 28, 1941 

Courtesy  Baseball-Reference.com

Joe Marty played baseball for the San Francisco Seals, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, and the Sacramento Solons. With the Seals he was teammates with Joe DiMaggio, and was the 1936 Pacific Coast League batting champion. He  was the first Chicago Cubs player to hit a home run in a night game, on July 1, 1938, while playing the Cincinnati Reds. Probably the bench-mark of his career was when he drove in five of the nine runs in the Cubs' 1938 World Series loss to the New York Yankees.

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This Joe Marty's sign advertised Joe Marty's bar and restaurant at 15th and Broadway in Sacramento California. Joe Marty was a Sacramento sensation in his baseball playing days, starting in 1934 with the San Francisco Seals. Thereafter the seals sold him to the Chicago Cubs for $50,000.00 at the end of the 1936 season. He also played for the Philadelphia Phillies, and Sacramento Solons. 1938MartysSignTS.jpg (79041 bytes)Joe Marty's bar and restaurant opened in 1938, according to the front awning, and closed from a fire on June 25th 2005, fire report. The site sits empty today. Sacramento Solons historian Alan O'Connor clued me that Joe Marty's was originally downtown on J Street before moving to 15th and Broadway around 1950. 

 

This is the only vintage sports related neon sign I've ever seen. It's a big country and hopefully there's another in Des Moines or Scranton or somewhere. But over my 20 plus years in the hobby I've never even heard of a sports related vintage neon advertising sign, much less seen one in an auction, or anywhere for that matter.  Vintage neon signs are usually unique works. That is, generally only one of a given sign was made. Moreover, many vintage neon signs in America have been discarded and destroyed over time. Typically this has happened when buildings or properties have been remodeled or demolished. So this is a very rare sign.

 

I wouldn't say the sign is stunning, but it certainly commands respect. Not only does it have a 4 1/2 foot tall die cut style outline of a baseball, but it's double sided. That's a considerable feature. The designer did a remarkably good simulation of the ball seams in neon tubing! The colors of tan and white with maroon scripting wouldn't have been my choice. Now maroon and white with white scripting....now you're talking. But those are color combinations of the 1930's. This sign was made in the late 1940's and designs had chilled by then. Had I designed it, I'd have at least  worked in some crossed bats, if not other equipment.

 

The sign has a personal connection to me; in 6th grade I lived just blocks from it in the Land Park area of Sacramento. I would walk under it  on my way to Ed Friel's Barber shop where I had an after school shoeshine job. Although Joe Marty's was a restaurant as well a bar; to me it just seemed like your ordinary dark sticky bar with grownups who weren't at work in the middle of the day.  

 

To understand this establishment better we should probably first understand how the neighborhood has evolved. Today when you drive by the sign you see an assortment of business' in the surrounding vicinity. Jamba Juice, Starbucks, The Tower Cafe, a Chinese Buffet, etc. However, when it was first built, Edmonds Field, home of the now defunct Sacramento Solons of the Pacific Coast League, was a block away. So in it's day Joe Marty's was within the circumference of baseball central for all of Sacramento. When the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958 the  Solons' popularity waned. After the 1960 season the Solons were sold and moved to Hawaii. Then in 1964 Edmond's field was torn down to make way for a Gemco department store. I can remember when it was being torn down. There was a Harvey's Hamburgers drive-in across the street that is long gone too.

 

An interesting aspect of this Joe Marty's sign is that there is another incredible neon sign on the same building. Actually, describing it as incredible would be an understatement. Let me take you thru the building a little so you can understand this other sign.

 

To the best of my recollection, back in the 1960's, on the north-west side of the theater, within the same building, there was a drug store. Then next door to that was Tower Records, then next door was Joe Marty's. By the way, an interesting side note is that Russ Solomon who founded Tower Records first started selling records there in the drug store which his father owned. Speaking of interesting side notes, syndicated radio talk show host Dr. Dean Edell at one time lived in a vintage bus in the Tower Theater parking lot in his hippy days. But back to the neon signs. I'm not  exactly sure who commissioned it, but above where the drugstore was, and where the pict3404.jpg (279608 bytes) Tower Cafe is today, is the greatest neon sign I've ever seen. As a matter fact, I would speculate it's one of the greatest...perhaps thee greatest vintage original neon sign in the world for it's size and subject. The sign I speak of is not your ordinary rectangular format, but features a die cut type outline of a huge record with a couple dancing in the DancingCouple.jpg (61515 bytes)center of it. I'd guesstimate the whole sign to be  about 15 feet wide by 8 foot tall. For the dancing couple the designer used an illustration style remarkably similar to Archie's comics. You can't hear the music but you can see it's wavy flow across the sign, along with G clef, octave, crotchet, and quaver music notes. The sign has Dick Clark written all over it and seems like something you would more likely see in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or Philadelphia than Sacramento.

 

Clearly the sign advertises vinyl records foremost, and film and cosmetics secondary. This seems to suggest Russ Solomon had something to do with the design, and that it may mark the beginning of Tower Records. Both the records sign and the Joe Marty's sign are remarkable works. How they both ended up on the same building raises interesting questions. Is that a coincidence or were they both created by the same concern? When exactly were they made and who commissioned them? Who conceived them? Were they made by a Sacramento sign company? If so, who were the sign maker technicians who actually fabricated it? Where did they learn their skill? Chicago? Los Angeles? Or were they home grown Sacramento natives who were just very talented?

 

Back to the Joe Marty sign specifically; over the years I had considered trying to buy the sign. Recently I was in the Starbucks across the street from the Joe Marty's site and saw a for lease sign in the window. Figuring the sign could possibly be removed to make way for another type business, I emailed the reality company to inquire about the sign. I received back an email explaining the building was considered historical by the city of Sacramento, and the sign wasn't for sale. I wasn't too put out. While waiting for a reply I was walking around thinking, "what have I done, how am I gonna work in a 4 1/5 foot tall by 7 foot wide sign?" But if they'd have said yes I would have fit it in...even if it meant a lot of ducking!

 

Without deeper research impractical for this  weekly feature, I can only speculate on the cultural impact Joe Marty's may have once had. Perhaps this brief examination will encourage further scholarly study of this landmark establishment and it's sign. But based on it's location near Edmond's Field, and Marty's notoriety as  a local baseball hero, it seems possible, in it's day Joe Marty's could have been a Sacramento institution. Perhaps in the tradition of New York City's Toots Shore's, or Chicago's Billy Goat Tavern

 

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

April 26th- May 2nd 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

THIS WEEKS FEATURE

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c1889-90

A.G. Spalding & Bros.

SPORTING GOODS 

CATALOG

softbound paperbacked

11 1/4" wide x 8" tall

Photographed on location at

2006 National Sports Collectors

Convention, booth of Kirk Kovacs

Priced $1,500.00

 

 

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assorted catalog pages

 

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fingerless gloves

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baseball caps

 

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baseball belts

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baseball bats

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baseball uniforms

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baseballs

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baseballs

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baseball bats

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football goods

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tennis goods

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baseball bats

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tennis outfits

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tennis nets

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baseball gloves

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bicycles

 

I shot this 1889-90 Spalding sporting goods catalog at the 2006 National in Anaheim. The prolific Kirk Kovacs was selling it for $1,500.00.  This is about as good looking a sporting goods catalog you'll see. Look at all the intricate graphics! Especially all the details on the box with the ball popping out the top...they even included the tissue behind the ball. And I like the tan lid flap that lists all the leagues that use the Spalding ball. Interesting that the California League is listed. And that's not all...look at all the rest of the illustrations...the tobogganing and so on. Sporting goods catalogs don't get much, if any better, than this. Now there are the Peck and Snyder catalogs from the late 1860-70's that are hand colored which really, are a different level. But for the late 80's early 90's, you've arrived! 

 

Within the zillions of auctions I've seen over the last twenty or so years, I must have seen other examples of this or similar catalogs, but I can't recall any. By their nature they are very fragile, so that's why they're so rare...few survived.

 

I admit I'm not a big fan of paper bound pamphlets, magazines and catalogs like this. Yes they're great but boy are they subject to damage. Think about it, they're paper, and they've been stapled together since 1890. Figure about five wars later they've probably been thumbed thru....say thirty or forty times...and all it takes is just a little tug for one of the pages to come loose. Then the $1,500.00 you paid goes down to $800.00. They're neat but they're high maintenance.  The best way to view them is just take photos the way I did and refer to them, and open it as little as possible.

 

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Black tipped wagon tongue bat, collection of Kevin Ogara

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While preparing this week's SAW I went to Net 54 Baseball Memorabilia Forum to research the Wagon Tongue bats seen on cover of this week's feature. On a wide scale of categories Net 54 is most likely the world's best place to go when you want to research or just discuss vintage baseball memorabilia. Just think of a world wide community of hobbyist who just love to talk about baseball memorabilia (sometimes other sports too), and are continually checking in to see what the latest discussion is...that's Net 54!

 

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Sure enough, just as I figured I not only got good chatter but two readers had wagon tongues and sent photos. Kevin Ogara sent the surrounding black tipped one, and Rhys Yeakley has the one below. But then it got even more interesting.... Renown baseball historian, memorabilia dealer, show promoter, Pacific Coast League specialist and collector Mark Mcrea sent me a double take of an email. Initially Mark was just addressing my inquiry about Wagon Tongues and sharing his speculations and knowledge about them. But while doing so some very interesting things were revealed. I'll let our exchange of email do the talking, see below. 

 

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Collection of John Gennantonio 

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Email correspondence with 

Mark Macrae regarding wagon tongue bats

 

quite a story...you got his collection? wow...and he knew Al Spalding?...excuse me?...I wonder if there is anyone else in the hobby who personally knew some one who personally knew Al Spalding!

HI Carlton,
Hope all is going well. While I cannot verify that Wagon Tongue bats are made from Wagon tongues, my limited research on them has suggested (as your catalog suggests) that they were the top of the line bats during the limited timeframe that they were made. I've seen a few over the years, including one that is in the Hall of Fame's collection.

My interest in the bat stretches back to the early '70's when I was fortunate to meet and become friends with Al Erle. Al was born in the early 1880's and his uncle was a local baseball 'crank', getting Al interested in baseball during an era where kids were not encouraged to go to the ballparks. Al's exposure to baseball resulted in him turning pro at the turn of the Century. He played for about a decade in the PCL and California Leagues, become acquainted with a number of baseball's personalities during that era. One of those people he befriended was Al Spalding, who set Erle up in the sporting goods business, running the San Francisco Spalding outlet. Erle stayed in the sporting goods business until he retired in 1971 (about age 88), 
and around the time I met him.

Al sold me much of his collection including the Wagon Tongue he used during his playing days, which I still have. It definitely shows use, but is in pretty good shape and would probably still function today (in a game or as a weapon). Hope to see you in Cleveland this summer.

Mark

Mark, 

How's it going? Been wondering when your next show is....I'm doing fine thanks. Thanks for the Wagon Tongue report...quite a story...you got his collection? wow...and he knew Al Spalding?.Albert_Spalding.jpg (285379 bytes)..excuse me?...I wonder if there is anyone else in the hobby who personally knew some one who personally knew Al Spalding!....We may have to send you to the Hall of Fame to be debriefed and documented...matter fact we may have to sequester you there permanently for the good of the country....you'll have your own booth 
so people can visit you and ask questions...Don't worry you'll get Christmas and Thanksgiving off..... -Carlton

Hi Carlton,
Thanks for the note. Al Erle was definitely an interesting person to know and in addition to being a first generation link to Al Spalding, he was a first generation link to the 19th century Bay Area baseball. Beginning around 1972 I'd see him twice a month. Once at the monthly Oakland Oldtimers Baseball Association meetings (a hundred or so would attend including my grandfather), and once a month at his apartment in Oakland (where it was Al, myself, and either my grandfather or my mother. Prior to the home visits I'd bone up on early Bay Area baseball facts, usually by reading Fred Lange's book, and then ask Al to tell me about some of the guys. Al always had a personal story about each of the players, with incredible detail. After he'd tell me the story, he'd go in the closet, pull out one of a few scrapbook he had, and verify the story he had just told to me. I was and still am impressed with his recall, while he was in his 90's. My only regret is that I did not tape these interviews.


Next show at St Leanders is June 13th. Notices / emails should go out around May 15th. Hope to see you there.

Mark

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

April 19th-25th 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

THIS WEEKS FEATURE

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c1910 

MISSION OAK STYLE 

ROCKING CHAIR WITH

BOWLING SCENE

39" tall X 33 3/4" wide x 40 1/2" deep

Priced $1,500.00

Photographed on location at Kane County Flea Market, Illinois, August 2008 

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I came across this rocking chair at the Kane County Flea Market last August. I apologize for the clutter, but I had just finished a week of shooting about 1000 photos at the 08' National in Rosemont. It was my last day in Illinois and my plane didn't leave till that evening so I drove out to the Kane County Flea. It was my first trip there. I was told not to expect  much, and they were right; I hardly saw anything worth shooting...then I came upon this chair and was taken back. Actually it was in very nice shape; just needed some polishing. The guy selling it was packing up for the day. His name was Dale Robinson and his family owned the market. 

 

This is the only example of this chair I've ever seen. There's a very similar set of mission oak style BBRockingChairE.jpg (93839 bytes)furniture with a baseball scene, which this reminded me of. I think the baseball set includes a rocking chair, regular chair, a love seat....and I've heard of a bed but not sure if there really is one as I've never seen it. I wrote a little about these in a review of the Hunt November 2005 Live Auction

 

But getting back to this chair, the engraving of the bowling scene looks quite German to me.  08NationaUneditedPhotos 966.JPG (489459 bytes)That's interesting because mission oak style furniture originated in America. According to Pete Maloney of gustavstickley.com "The mission style furniture design was based on a chair that had been designed for the Swedenborgian Church of the New Jerusalem in San Francisco, circa 1894-1985." 

 

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At first glance the afore mentioned baseball rocking chair and this bowling one look very similar, and I thought possibly they could have been made by the same maker. But when you  study them closely there are some marked differences in design. The engraved scene of the bowling one is considerably taller and acts to support the lower back. While the baseball one utilizes slats to support the lower back. Also, the cross support beneath the seat cushion of the bowling one is much taller. The tops of the arm rests of the bowling one is more flared, while the baseball one uses a straighter simpler design. Overall the bowling one looks more stout, and perhaps better built.

 

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As a specialist in vintage athletic display pieces, now and then I see unique antique bowling items, but this is probably the best bowling piece I've ever seen. So the  $1,500.00 the guy was asking really wasn't a  bad price I don't think. The baseball mission oak style rocking chair pictured above sold in Hunt Auctions October 2005 auction for $4,100.00....but of course it was baseball....and this is bowling! Only a slight difference in popularity. But really the bowling one seems to be more rare. 

 

I can see it now if I'd have bought it that day and tried to bluff my way on the plane with it..."Hey I brought my own seat, no big deal, what's the problem" The other passengers could have squeezed around me in the center isle.

 

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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

April 12th-18th 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

THIS WEEKS FEATURE

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c1920's 

PINCH HIT TOBACCO 

ADVERTISING POSTER

  45 1/2" wide X 18 3/4" tall

Printed on Light Cardstock by 

MCA Sign Co., Massillon, Ohio

Shot At 2003 National, Atlantic City

in Hunt Auctions booth

priced $2,500.00

 

Read the full review of this rare and exotic baseball antique

 

 


 

 

SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

April 5th- 11th 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

 

THIS WEEKS FEATURE

c1910

FAN TAZ 

SYRUP DISPENSER

15" tall x 21" circumference 

cast porcelain, sold May 3, 2008 in Robert Edward Auctions for $16,450.00

 

Read the full review of this rare and exotic baseball antique

 

 

 


 

 

SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

March 29th- April 4th 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

 

THIS WEEKS FEATURE

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c1880's

BASEBALL CLOCK

20 1/4" wide x 15 1/5" tall x 6 3/4" deep

Made by New Haven Clock Company

Read the details on this 

clock and see 10+ more photos

 

 

 


 

 

SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

March 22nd-28th 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

THIS WEEKS FEATURE 

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c1912 - 5 ft. 4 in. wide 

POWERBOAT 

PRINT

One boat features an American flag

Possible Thousand Islands N.Y. scene

Carlton Hendricks Collection

Read the whole shocking truth about this print 

TunaTheWeek

"Black Water"  

Doobie Brothers

 

 


 

 

SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

March 15th-21st 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

THIS WEEKS FEATURE 

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c1890's

DEAF MUTES vs. AKRON

FOOTBALL GAME 

BROADSIDE POSTER

40" wide x 26" tall 
printed on paper
Sold in Hunt March 
2009 Live Auction for
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.....If indeed AKRON was Buchtel College, and Buchtell started playing football in 1891, then the closest year following 1891 in which a Saturday November 13th fell on would be 1897. Moreover, the graphics style is closer consistent with the 1890's than 1909, the next closest year Saturday November 13th fell on.....

 

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Based on the following review I believe it 

probable this poster dates from 1897. Saturday November 13th occurred in 1880, 1886, 1897, 1909, 1915 and 1920. There were two schools for the hearing impaired which the indicated "DEAF MUTES"  could likely have represented. One was Gallaudet University, founded in 1857, also referred to as Kendall College for Deaf Mutes in Washington D.C. The first football team at Gallaudet/Kendall was in 1883The other school this poster could represent was the New York  Institute for the........

 

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c1950's 

Porcelain Statues of Black Boxers

Sculpted by Carol Safholm 

For Brayton Laguna Pottery

 

11 inches tall

Bought on eBay 11/11/07 for $109.50

 

 

RESEARCH - PERSISTANCE PAYS

Keep on Punch'n

By Carlton Hendricks

 

I bought these c1950 porcelain boxers on eBay November 11th 2007. The seller told me they were her Dad's and he got them in El Paso TX, and that he was deceased. I don't usually collect things after 1940 so I knew nada about them, only that they looked killer. When I got them they about floored me they were so great. They had no makers marks and I was very curious who made them, when they were made, etc. But I knew next to nothing about 1950ish kitchy porcelain. I went to an antique store that had a lot of porcelain books, looked thru about five and got nowhere, and gave up. I started seeing the light that it would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. I emailed antiques dealer friends, one in West L.A., the other in Seattle who I could see dealing in them, but they didn't know about them. I'd never been on an eBay forum but decided to post my inquirery on the eBay Porcelain/glass/pottery forum....received a few weak replies but got no where. So decided to post it on the eBay Antiques Forum...there I got some pretty good input, then someone tipped me off to a guy named Jack Chipman...

 

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c1900 

HOME RUN

CIGAR TIN

6" tall by 4 1/4" wide

Sold in 2005 Robert Edward 

Auction for $3,480.00 click here

 

To give an idea of how rare this tin is, in twenty plus years I estimate I have seen it offered twice, maybe three times. Once in the 2005 Robert Edward Auction, which this photo is from. The other time I think I recall it was in some high end advertising auction like James Julia or Skinners ten to fifteen years ago. Also note this example may have been repeated in those auctions. Given that and it's graphic quality I would place it in the exotic category of baseball memorabilia, and among the top five baseball tins in the world.

-Carlton

 

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c1910 

TONIK POLO ADVERTISING POSTER

by C.H. Beauvais

63 3/4 inches wide by 48 inches tall - framed

Collection of Carlton Hendricks

 

The Tonik Polo poster is in my opinion the finest polo poster extant and I have already written a detailed profile of it quite some time ago, click here. However, a new dimension of it's history has been uncovered. 

 

This week the great granddaughter of C. H Beauvais, the artist who produced Tonik Polo, emailed me. Ms. Annette Seriau of London  provided me new and previously unknown biographical information on her great grandfather, as well as a photo of a painting of him. Below, our exchange. -Carlton

 

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PROFILE OF C.H. BEAUVAIS' TONIK POLO POSTER

 

Dear Mr Hendricks
I have been researching my family tree recently on the Beauvais side of our family. My Great Grandfather was Charles Henri Beauvais, a lithographer and artist. I was surfing on the net trying to find examples his commercial work, and up popped your Tonik Polo poster (I also found a couple of his other works - One called 'La Micheline' which has been reproduced as a poster).

I thought that you might appreciate a bit of information about the artist:

Charles Henri Beauvais was born in Marseille in 1862. He came to live and work in London in about 1881 as a lithographer. It was in London that he met my Great Grandmother Emily Anne. They had six children. Around about 1902 - 3 he moved himself and all his family back to France, back to his hometown, Marseille where he set up a studio. Sadly, he died in 1909. His widow returned to London. Several of his children and grandchildren inherited his artistic talents.

Feel free to contact me if you need any other information.

Regards, 

Annette 

 

Hello Annette,
Thank you very much for writing! Boy it is very exciting to get your email...That's very interesting he was a lithographer in London. Naturally that tells that he understood the technical process of lithography. In turn that implies he would have been better able than the average illustrator to anticipate the finished product as he illustrated Tonik Polo. It sounds like he was well rounded in the lithography world. Perhaps this grasp and familiarity of the lithography process would have lent its self to an ability to draw the original Tonik Polo illustration directly onto the stone, as opposed to making a painting first then copying the painting onto the stone. Moreover, since your great grandfather came from France to London about 1881 and worked as a lithographer there until 1902-3, naturally he would have exposed to and influenced by English illustrators for the twenty years he was there. It's been a long while since I studied Tonik Polo, but I believe I recall recognizing a marked difference in it's realistic style to the impressionistic one far more commonly used by the French of that period. It's all just interesting speculation of course.

As for more speculation; France was the birthplace of lithography. Perhaps a London lithographer in need of French expertise, persuaded your youthful 19 year old great grandfather with to come to come work for them in London with an enticing salary....or perhaps he was just adventurous.....At any rate we know he wasn't married, and it would have been easier to recruit a single person with no ties. Right about 1902-3 was when chromolithography was about finished and more advanced printing techniques had begun to take over....so that may have been why he returned to France. You say he opened a "studio" in Marseille. Do you know if he owned the printing firm of Moullot Fils Ainé? Which is the firm that printed Tonik Polo. According to babelfish Fils Ainé means oldest son....or perhaps the interpretation was "Moullot and son"

Since he was born in 1862, he would have been about 40 years old when he returned to France...and was probably seasoned veteran of the lithography business by then. It sounds like Tonik Polo was produced after he returned to France in 1902-3. Moreover it sounds like he returned with an English wife and 6 essentially English children. 

Do you have any photos of him? Please keep me posted on any new developments. This is very interesting! I'm attaching a photo of a post card your great grandfather did. I picked it up within the last couple years at a paer show. Interestingly the post card indicates the Moullot concern as only being in Marseille...but the Tonik Polo poster indicates it in Marseille and Paris...which indicates expansion. 
Kindly, Carlton

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Postcard by 

C.H. Beauvais

Back of 

postcard 

Lithographers on 

Tonik Polo

 

Dear Carlton,
I was good to hear back from you so quickly. 

I have found no connection to the Moullot printing firm, other than that all the examples of my Great Grandfather's commercial work that I have been able to find (on the net) were printed by them.

I have had another thought. Perhaps my Great Grandfather got to see some polo matches in or around London, as I believe the game was played here before being exported to France. It was a big thing in the Victorian days for people to go out for a day to see the races, so perhaps they also went to see polo matches too. He also had a English brother in law who was involved in the horse trade in some way. This brother in law also moved to France and settled in Paris.

I am sending you a photo of a portrait of C.H. Beauvais, painted by his daughter (my grandmother) when she was around about the age of 20. I have also a copy of one of his business cards showing his Marseille address.

Kind regards
Annette Seriau
London

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Painting of Charles Henri Beauvais by his daughter

 

Business card

 

Nov. 21st 2009

ADDENDA II

In February 2009 I was fortunate enough to receive correspondence from the great grand daughter of Charles Henri Beauvais providing biographical background on him.

 

In June 2009 I received further background on Charles Henri Beauvais from Ann Beauvias, the widow of his grandson Walter John Beauvais. After reviewing the profiles below of Charles Henri's two sons Arnold and Charles, and Charles' son Walter you will see the artistic lineage the Beauvias family is remarkable. Among a throng of meritorious artistic accomplihsments by all three, Arnold was elected president of the London Sketch Club in 1936! Collectivly all the information in the profiles clearly point to a strong genetic predisposition for art by Charles Henri. Below is the email I received from Ann Beauvais.

 

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Dear Carlton,

I read your profile on the Tonik Polo Advertising poster by C H Beauvais with great interest and also the biographical information from Annette. My late husband Walter John Beauvais was the grandson of Charles Henri Beauvais and the son of artist Arnold Beauvais. I have enclosed a biography of Arnold written in 1975 which gives additional information on Charles Henri.

Arnold died at the age of 98 and is listed in many books including "Dictionary of British Artists" by Grant M Waters. Walter's profile is enclosed and further information can be found in "Who"s Who in Art. Arnold children and grandchildren have all been involved in art or in music. My son Paul Beauvais is an artist, living and working in New Zealand.

Arnold's brother Charles Frederick Beauvais went to live in Australia in 1937. He had a very interesting life involved in design, from cars to futuristic cities. His profile is enclosed, but more details can be found at the Power House Museum in Sydney.

I hope this is of interest to you.

Kind regards

Ann Beauvais

 

Biographical Profiles of Heirs of Tonic Polo Poster Artist 

CHARLES HENRI BEAUVAIS

Arnold Beauvais

1886-1994

Son of 

Charles Henri Beauvais

Charles Frederick Beauvais

1900-1960

Son of 

Charles Henri Beauvais

Walter 

John 

Beauvais

1942-1998

Son of 

Arnold Beauvais

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Impressionistic paintings of 

Walter John Beauvais

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c1743 

BOXING RULES POSTER

20" tall by 15" wide - printed in England

Photographed on location at the

The 42nd California International 

Antiquarian Book Fair - San Francisco 

February 13, 2009 through 

Sunday, February 15, 2009

 

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LIBRAIRIE ALAIN BRIEUX

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1864 English Engraved Print 
"Foot Ball"
Painted by Thomas Webster Engraved by Henry Lemon 
26" x 44 3/4" framed

Sold  for $600.00 

July 3rd 2008 at MastroAuctions.com Lot 1052

 


 

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Antique

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Feb. 

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2009

c1903, 30" x 12" 

Cincinnati Reds 

broadside poster 

on cardstock

 

Chris of South Carolina shares 

with us this very rare broadside 

from his collection 

Hi Carlton, Thanks for your interest. The poster measures approximately 30" x 12" and is made of 
a heavy card stock material. It has a crease in the center from being folded at one time. The poster 
is secured to the backing with pins. 1903 is written in pencil on the face of the poster. It was printed by Magee Bros. Printers and Binders, Piqua, OH. I bought it just as it appears about five years ago. It originates from an ohio sportswriter's estate. That's about all I know about it.. Chris
Thanks Chris, It's killer, especially now that I know the 30" tall part! that's a great size! -Carlton
What would you estimate the poster to be worth? Chris
Chris, I'm not confident at pricing things for others email a photo to one of the major sports auction houses, they could probably tell you....there's two ways to estimate price ....have something identical or similar that has sold previous to judge against....or there's intuition/guessing by a long time keen observer....Since I don't have a database of auction results...I'd have to guess .... somewhere between $1,500.00 and $5,500.00....based on observation not science....or...put it this way......if I was loaded I wouldn't hesitate at $2,500.00 -$3,500.00....I think the longer you hang onto it the more you'll get....I could see that possibly spring boarding at some point to serious money....it is very rare!! -Carlton

 

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