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his Munsingware Sign featuring World Heavyweight Champion Jess Willard came today....little rough but so rare may be only extant....as I showed it to John Buonaguidi of All American Antiques in Monterey Calif and he'd never seen it...John who I've known many years...going way back over thirty years...when I first got into this...is sort of a done it all, had it all, when it comes to early boxing signs and posters especially...and he hadn't seen it...John pointed out there's no mention of being world champion...so it may be from before he won the championship. Willard knocked out Jack Johnson in Havana Cuba in 1919 to win the title..
of Rugby Football - first rules written 1845
Here is a railway station sign I picked up earlier this month at the
Sacramento Antiques Fair...it's from the town of Rugby in Warwickshire,
England where the sport of Rugby was invented about 1845 at Rugby
School…which American football was partially modeled after…So I sort
of got a little piece where football originated…Of course nobody knew
those details and the seller didn't seem to have a clue anything about
it…offered it to me for $60.00…Lotta bang for the buck kinda
piece…Not real old but has enough wear...and mounting holes are
correct...so I'm confident it's original...Subsequent research turned up
the Station was named "Rugby Midland" from 1950 to 1970 when it
was used to differentiate from “Rugby Central” railway station which
served the competing “Great Central Main Line 1899-1969”. After Rugby
Central station closed in 1969, the "Rugby Midland" name was
changed to the current "Rugby Station"...So I'm confident it's
pre 1970...Can't believe I managed to squeeze it in!!!
Midland sign as found at
Midland sign in Custody back of truck
Harpers Woodcut Engraving "Football at Rugby"
to squeeze in - Rugby Midland sign displayed in kitchen
hasn't posted anything new in a million years
been so busy...So here's a little of what I've been up to recently...
of last month my buddy
Ryan Sims down in So Cal says to me..."Hey dude the Long Beach
Flea puts on a special show whenever there's a fifth Sunday....you should
come down and sell it's gonna be awesome"...So since I had stuff
to move....or I should say get out of my life...I did it...I started
getting ready...OH MY GOSH!!!!...talk about work!...Two days I spent
gathering up stuff and getting everything cleaned up to sell...much of it
stuff I've had packed away...windexing...polishing...waxing...PHEW...and I
had two signs that had to be displayed upright on a post...so I had to
figure a way to do it...So I bought some ring clamps and horseshoe clamps
and a 8ft 2x4 and cut it in half and attached them to the inside my Nissan
pickup bed...worked great...I started out by planning how I wanted my
booth to look...see below
of course there was more to do than I expected...and instead of being a
nice relaxed leisurely departure for the seven hour drive from N. Cal to
So Cal...time started closing in on Saturday afternoon to get on the
road...one thing after another...and before I knew it....instead of
leaving by noon...I didn't get on the road till 6:00PM...and I was suppose
to be in line at Long Beach at 4:30AM...And so...I get to my hotel and in
bed at 2:00 and up at 5:00AM and at the show by 5:30AM...And I did it...on
three hours sleep...I prayed over my trip before I left and the Lord
blessed me the whole trip...Didn't get too tired driving down...made
it thru the selling day Sunday no problem...I even went to one
of my favorite Cuban restaurants Felix's, in Orange after leaving the show
Sunday evening...It was the first decent meal I had in two days...and man
was it good...got my usual Medallions of Beef...fillet minion cuts wrapped
in bacon topped with blue cheese sauce...with all the usual Cuban
trimmings...Red Bean soup, rice, black beans, fried bananas (plantains)...and
their special Tres Leches cake for desert....phew! Carlton happy...Below
shots of the day...
Busy Corner Booth Long Beach Flea
In The Day
Alameda Point Antiques Fair
a bust...didn't find a thing...however...
miniture toy bicycle racers (Tour de France) $35.00 each or 4
STUFF I SAW AT ALAMEDA BUT NOT COOL ENOUGH TO BUY
fencers mask $200.00
Stanford Band photo, exact year to be researched
I dutifully went to the Alameda Point Antiques fair this
last Sunday and zeroed out....didn't find a thing...went
to church...then went to Berkeley to get some Thai
food...Then it dawned on me...I bought an early Stanford
band photo on eBay about six months prior...Seller had a
BIN or best offer and we made a deal...I happen to know
the seller...fellow collector...lived in Berkeley so I
said never mind shipping I'll just pick it up in person
next time I'm in Berkeley...However I never got around
to it....all paid for and everything...all I had to do
was pick it up....but I kept forgetting to go get
it...and then six months after I got it there I was in
Berkeley and it occurred to me I needed to pick it up...Texted
the seller and I went over to his house....Now this guy
is no slouch...has probably the best Cal collection in
the world...plus a lot of other stuff...So I go in and
there in a case among a bunch of Cal stuff is two U.C.
Mixture Tobacco tins...one worn...one very nice...I said
how much for the U.C. Mixture tins?...He goes...Oh I
don't know what these go for now...$XXX.00 he
says...BINGO...done...I had wanted one of them for a
long time...Then!!!!!...he pulls out the band
photo...phew!!!!...for some reason the photo on eBay
made it look beat up...as there is a small part on the
viewers left that is cracked...but other than that
thing's in great shape...and apparently very rare...I
can't find any 19th century Stanford Band photos on the
Stanford website...or any place else...And it's not just
that it's rare...it's a very well done photo!...Well
laid out visually...and very good clairity...you can see
the facial expressions clearly...and maybe the best part
is the size....21 3/4" wide x 13 1/2"
tall...I'm not a big photo collector unless they're big
like this...So Carlton is a very happy camper!!!!!
wide x 3 3/4" deep x 2" tall
rare c1900 U.C. Mixture Tobacco tin
what else is shake'n
up these items on eBay...arrived last week...
1/4" wide x 3 5/16" tall - Printed by Geo. S. Harris & Sons
advertising booklet issued by McLaughlin's Coffee
then there was Gar Wood....
picked up this great 1937 magazine with a Gar Wood interview...
Wood was the biggest name in power boat racing of the 1920-30's
on tin - 16 3/4" tall x 7 1/4 wide x 10 1/2"
displayed and sold in drug stores
on location in Alameda Point parking lot
- LEFT SIDE
illustration purportedly was
Whitey Wietelmann 3/15/19 – 3/26/02 Played infielder for the Boston Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates
1939–47. Coached Cincinnati Reds 1966–67 and San Diego Padres
- RIGHT SIDE
illusration purportedly was
Ben Hogan 8/13/12 – 7/25/97 American professional golfer, Considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game.
found in booth
didn't get a lot at Alameda last weekend...I think stuff's just
getting harder to find...However I did pick up this point of purchase advertising
display for PAL athletic supporters made by Bauer & Black of Chicago, New
York, and Toronto. They advertised themselves as "Makers of Sterile Surgical Dressings and Allied Products".
I gather these were sold in drug stores. It was worn but pretty
rare...and c1930's tin lithographed sports advertising is very
tough...So I made the call worn and all...it was coming home with me! I
figure it'll clean up pretty well with some soap and water...then let it
dry thoroughly in the sun...then give it a coat of non abrasive wax.
Whitey's wiped out and not come'n back....but Ben's still in good shape
for his age!!!
what else did I get?....more like what I didn't get...this large c1910
theather poster below...Talk about different...couple from Los Angeles
offered it to me for $70.00....I passed and had to ponder it....Later
after i didn't find anything I concluded if it was still there I'd get
it just for the sake of how werid it was...For all the graphics on it
only three things were baseball....the catchers mitt and mask the gal is
wearing....and the word "baseball" "Dealing with
marriage, Money and Baseball"...It was badly stained but a
restorer could probably get that out...So anyway when I came back it was
gone...I was actually glad!
PAPER THEATER POSTER, APROX. 36" TALL
this FYI feature up...I'll throw in a cool c1903 Hyannis High vs
Falmouth High football broadside I just got couple weeks ago...It's
pretty simple...but it's the neighborhood....Hyannis referenced on the
poster represetens Barnstable High...the only high school then in
Hyannis...That's Hyannis Port Massachustes...where the famous Kennedy
FOOTBALL BROADSIDE POSTER, PRINTED ON PAPER 18" X 13"
San Jose Ca consignment store after leaving Alameda
rare 17" x 7 5/8" c1920 die cut
easel back standup advertising
head torn off needs restored
U. Pennsylvania FB
into a lamp
32 2/4" tall x 27" wide Falstaff Beer
by Joseph Francis Kernan 1878-1958
BOXING SPEED BAG PLATFORM
a story for ya...back in December 2016 I spotted this speed bag
platform in a consignment store in San Jose CA. It was priced
more than I wanted to pay so I passed...but it stayed on my
mind. This last weekend I went back and it was still there...The
consigner happened to be there as he was a friend of the store
owner...We did some arm wrestling and I ended up taking it
EXAMPLE FOUND ON EBAY
SAME SPEED BAG PLATFORM FOUND ON
BUT WITH MAKERS MARK AND 1896 PATENT DATE
poked around on the internet and found one on directly above
eBay. Very interesting listing...that one had some cross member
mounting boards with the Spalding label...AND...the maker and
seller name stenciled on them. Which means mine may have
originally come with the same cross member boards!
Alameda Point got rained
first Sunday of this month so they had a roll over show following
Sunday March 12th 2017...I hit it and like most roll over shows it was weak...but I did find this Tom Hyer vs Yankee Sullivan boxing print. Though the mat looked newer the frame seemed c1930 and I sensed it was real. The fight took place in 1849 but the print was a supplement of the New York Illustrated Times for February 9, 1884...Today I finally got time to take it out of the frame to find out if it was original...Yes it is original...but trimmed...so hurts value...It's actually an important work in that the fight was considered the first American Championship Fight...and took place in Maryland...Plus it's got other cool aspects in that some of the faces in the crowd are numbered and there is are legends flanking the title giving the names...The layout of the title and other text underneath are classic and it's a great example of an early American sporting print...which were pretty much all inspired by the English sporting prints. My favorite things about this print that had me was that it's American...and the advertising text inside the art work that states "Presented by the New York Illustrated Times the leading and best Sporting Journal in America 15 Murray Street New York"...So it falls within the advertising genera...
The whole print thing is so full of nuances that unless you're a print specialist and know what you're doing you can easily get burned...which I'm not but I took a chance and came out ok...I'll keep it till I get one that's not trimmed...
Feeling like I was missing out on the Sacramento fair I finished up Alameda and peeled out for the hour and forty five miles to Sacramento...stopping on the way for a quick run thru the Concord flea...and some street food a torta Cubana and corn bowl...
...Got to the Sac flea around 1:00PM which is ridiculous...nevertheless I made another little find...a c1950's Lucky Lager advertising sign with golfers...missing the easel on the back so I know it wasn't a trolley car sign...So not a bad day...
Scarce football coin operated vending machine game c.1930. Very fine cast metal cased game featuring a color lithographic interior football game scene with early uniformed players. Titled "Football" on the top of the interior with various scoring receptacles at the base. Raised lettering "Buddy Ball Gum Vendor" on front of casing with football and baseball embossed decor on top. 15" tall with game remaining in working order. Expected light to moderate use visible throughout. First example of this attractive period football game we have encountered: EX
Estimated Price Range: ($1,500-$2,500) GO TO AUCTION PAGE
has singled out this football arcade game as exceptional. I would say it
would be one the best looking football arcade games I've come across