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Robert Edward Auctions

Spring 2006 

Sports Auction

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Final Day of Bidding April 29th

 

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Rob Lifson, President

P.O. Box 7256

Watchung, N.J. 07069

phone (908) 226-9900

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SPORTSANTIQUES.COM'S

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PICKS FOR THIS AUCTION

 

No. #1 Top Pick  

LOT NO.5

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12 inches tall  8 1/2 inches wide 

1928 Sporting News Counter Display with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig! Only known example, never before seen!

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LOT 16

1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folder Advertising Display, 60" x 40"

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LOT 664

Circa 1850s 

Knickerbocker Belt

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LOT 713

Nineteenth-

Century Fingerless Baseball Glove with Matching Full-Finger Glove

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LOT 991

c1913, 5 piece Reach Store Window Advertising Display, tallest part 52" seen above

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LOT 990

  Extraordinary Circa 

1910 Reach Tin 

Advertising Display Sign, 

13" x 6"

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LOT 645

1889 Spalding World 

Tour Display Photograph, 

22 1/2" x 18 1/2" framed

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LOT 1

 1927 Alan Stephens 

Foster Original Saturday Evening Post Cover 

Painting Safe On Base, 27" x 22" framed 

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LOT 989

1912 Boston Garter Advertising Display Sign, 27 1/2" x 17 1/2" framed

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LOT 760

1893 "Zimmer's Base Ball Game" Proof Game Board, 24" x 24" framed

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LOT 750 Circa 1890s Baseball Candy Container/Doll 7" tall 

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Carlton Hendricks

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....I've heard talk that a particular collector consigned probably most it. However in the catalog, I don't read any reference to the collector, or even mention of where it all came from. So I guess I better not give a name.....

 

This auction will make any veteran collector stop and contemplate it's size and quality. You can't help but wonder how it all came together. If you're new to this world, somehow you've walked into one of the best auctions of antique baseball display pieces there has ever been. It's possible you'll never see another auction this good. The only ones I know of that surpassed it would be the one Robert Edward had a year ago, in April 2005. That one was really something. It took place right before I launched this site or I'd have  previewed it. I think it was made up of things from the same primary consigner as this one. The other auction that rivaled this would be the Halper auction.

THE CONSIGNER

I've heard talk that a particular collector consigned probably most the items. However in the catalog, I don't read any reference to the collector, or even mention of where it all came from. So I guess I better not give a name. But I imagine a lot of insiders in the hobby are aware of who's stuff this is. I mentioned the name to a buddy and he said, it rings true now that you mentioned it, as he recognized some of the items in the auction he had sold to the collector. I don't think I ever met the consigner / collector, but I heard of him over the years. One dealer told me he hid this collector from other dealers for years. He said he used to go early to all the Portland Oregon Expo antiques shows, and buy up everything he knew the collector would want. Then sell it all to him when he got there. And that for years the other dealers never got to know the collector, what he collected, or that he was a very serious shooter. 

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THE QUANTITY

Three quarters thru sorting out the best 

display pieces of this auction I actually 

wondered if my pen might run out of 

ink. The voracity is almost 

dumbfounding there's so much. It's 

almost like Rob and staff must have 

employed earth moving equipment to 

sort it into piles. What's offered is 

literally a dispersement of national treasure. Many items that would be considered top pieces in the  usual sports auction, are suddenly yawners in the mix. I don't recall any auction with as many high quality "collection" groupings. It's as if Rob and his staff had so much to move they finally just said, hey lets start lumping this stuff together or we'll never finish! 

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         TOP TEN OVERVIEW

LOT NO.5

1928 Sporting News Counter Display with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig! 12 inches tall  by 8 1/2 inches wide: Choosing the No. #1 piece was a tough call between this and Lot 15, the Hassan triple fold sign. But Ruth and Gehrig together, the condition, and that it's never been seen before and the only known example put it at No. #1.

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LOT 16

1912 T202 Hassan Triple Fold Advertising Display, 60" x 40": 

The end pieces were among the cornerstones of the Halper collection.  Having the center part makes it one of the greatest antique baseball display pieces extant.

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LOT 664

Circa 1850s Knickerbocker Belt:

This is one of the most impressive pieces of  memorabilia I've ever seen. These are very rare! The look is incredible and the condition is very good! When you're talking Knickerbockers you're talking the very nucleus of baseball. You can't hardly get much earlier in the history of the game. They were New York city's first baseball team, starting in 1845. I think only firemen and baseball players wore these kinds of belts. There was a Knickerbocker Fire Engine Company, so there's a possibility it was worn by a fireman. But in 1840-50 era fire departments had baseball teams, so it very well could have been worn for both fireman functions and as part of their baseball uniform.

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LOT 713

Nineteenth-Century Fingerless Baseball Glove with Matching Full-Finger Glove: This is a very advanced piece, and they rarely come up for sale. Any fingerless glove is gold, but one with the matching workman's glove like this is almost unheard of. I think these fingerless gloves have the potential for meteoric escalation in value. I could see these someday going in the million dollar range and beyond.

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LOT 760

1893 "Zimmer's Base Ball Game" Proof Game Board, 24" x 24" framed: The Zimmer is considered the pinnacle of baseball board games. The first one I ever saw was in the story on Barry Halper's collection, in the April 1987 edition of Smithsonian Magazine. Steve Wolters of Sports Investments has an example in his collection, which I saw last summer. It is one gorgeous game!

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LOT 990

Extraordinary Circa 1910 Reach Tin Advertising Display Sign, 

13" x 6": The graduating dark blue top to the light blue bottom, the white glove, the pillbox capped pitcher at the bottom winding up, and the condition make this piece almost surreal. It's a little small but still one of the nicest antique baseball signs I've ever seen.

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LOT 989

1912 Boston Garter Advertising Display Sign, 27 1/2" x 17 1/2" framed: This is one of the top antique baseball signs to own. Not only is it a great looking sign, but it advertises the cards that came in the boxes of the garters. Therefore the advanced card collectors, with all their money, zero in on these. They're very rare even though this is the fourth time one has been auctioned within the last year. A year ago Robert Edward auctioned one of these for $22,500.00 on May 1st 2005. That same one is being auctioned again in Mastro Auctions April 2006 auction (as I write). Mile High Card Company auctioned one on December 7th 2005 for $31,704.00. And now this one. The one Mile High auctioned showed different cards than this one, and the one in Mastro.

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LOT 991

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c1913, 5 piece Reach Store Window Advertising Display: 

I get the feeling the way this items is described in the catalog doesn't do it justice. Viewing it on the website I didn't realize each of the five parts are individually framed until I read it deep in the copy. After reading the lengthy description carefully and considering the size of the each part, the display took shape in my mind. It was all originally designed to fit up against the inside of the front window of a store facing out to the street. The display was designed to be flanked by the large 52 inch tall batter and 49 inch tall pitcher facing each other. And I suppose with the 37 1/2 inch wide by 9 1/2 inch tall center piece at the top. And I guess the two 10 inch round signs of the glove and ball, and the hand and ball went under the center piece. This isn't going to be for someone with a small apartment, and clearly it's something for an advanced collector. But the good part is it's outstanding looking in the catalog, and probably stunning in person. Fortunately it's all framed and ready to display as soon as you get it, and you don't have to worry about damaging it. It's a lot to take in, so here's the dimensions again:

BATTER - 52 inch X 18 inch 

PITCHER - 49 inch X 21 inch

CENTER PIECE - 37 1/2 inch x 9 1/2 inch

ROUND ADVERTISING PIECES,  ONE BALL, ONE GLOVE - each 10 inch diameter

Catalog Quote: "All of the panels have been individually mounted and framed to slightly larger dimensions."

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LOT 645

1889 Spalding World Tour Display Photograph, 22 1/2" x 18 1/2" framed: I'm not a photo guy, but occasionally I spot one like this that's just incredible. It's partly the size that makes it. The actual photo measures 14 inches tall by 10 1/2 inches wide. Framed with matting it's 22 1/2 inch by 18 1/2 inch. That's quite imposing for any photograph, but especially for one from the 1889 era. It's about as impressive as 19th century photos get! This is a very rare original photo. It was taken on a world tour trip organized by baseball pioneer Albert Spalding. Robert Edward Auctions believes the photo was removed from a tour album personally presented by Spalding to one of the tour players Spalding was a star pitcher, sporting goods magnet, and White Sox executive. This photo is a classic example of an outstanding, and rare  antique sports display piece that would impress the sox off of anybody.

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LOT 1

1927 Alan Stephens Foster Original Saturday Evening Post Cover Painting Safe On Base, 27" x 22" framed: This painting was done as an illustration for the cover of the May 28, 1927 edition of The Saturday Evening Post.  I really can't recall another great and grand illustration art painting representing baseball, as nice as this in my many years in the hobby. For the uninitiated I'll explain original vintage illustration art is a big deal, with a big following of collectors. And I think that's why we haven't seen formidable pieces like this in the hobby. Not so much now, but for years, particularly back in the 1920's and 30's there was a divisive wedge between the fine art world and illustration art done for commercial use. Illustration art was looked down on by some as unworthy of recognition and appreciation. But that's silly, as anyone can see, illustration art is as enjoyable as any art form. It should simply be recognized for what it is. That is, commercial art, designed to attract. By it's very nature illustration art has to be good art, or else magazines and posters wouldn't accomplish their objective! Illustration art started catching on around the late 1970's and early 80's. Collectors  discovered these works to be supercharged hybrids of imagination and creativity, and they appreciate owning and enjoying the original in their own personal space. Now we, the sports collecting community, have a crack at owning something from this art form. This is probably one of the best illustration art baseball paintings you'll ever see. I don't think it's a coincidence it's lot #1.

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THERE ARE A TOTAL OF

1,41O LOTS IN THIS AUCTION

 

1,195 

SPORTS LOTS

215 

AMERICANA LOTS

 

OUT OF 1,410 TOTAL LOTS

THE FOLLOWING

127 

ARE CONSIDERED

EXCEPTIONAL DISPLAY PIECES BY

SportsAntiques.com

 

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LOTS FEATURED IN THIS PREVIEW

121 BASEBALL

6 NON-SPORT

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  BASEBALL

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LOT 5

  1928 Sporting News 

Counter Display with 

Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig!

LOT 16

1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folder Advertising Display

LOT 664

Circa 1850s 

Knickerbocker Belt

LOT 713

Nineteenth-Century Fingerless Baseball Glove with Matching Full-Finger Glove

LOT 990

  Extraordinary Circa 

1910 Reach Tin 

Advertising Display Sign

LOT 991

Circa 1913 Reach Store Window Advertising Display

LOT 760

 1893 "Zimmer's Base Ball Game" Proof Game Board

LOT 989

1912 Boston Garter Advertising Display Sign

LOT 645

1889 Spalding World 

Tour Display Photograph

LOT 1

 1927 Alan Stephens 

Foster Original Saturday Evening Post Cover 

Painting Safe On Base 

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LOT 750

Circa 1890s Baseball 

Candy Container/Doll

LOT 14

 Extremely Rare 1859 

Base Ball Player's 

Pocket Companion

LOT 70

    1888 A36 Goodwin Champions Album

LOT 71

 1888 A16 Allen & Ginter and A42 Kimball Albums (2) 

LOT 76

 1888 R & S Artistic Series and 1896 N301 Mayo's Diecuts Collection (24) 

LOT 98

 1889 A35 Goodwin 

Round Album 

LOT 212

   1910 E271 Darby 

Chocolates New Discovery: 

Full Box with Ty Cobb!

LOT 640

 1950s "Dodger Beverage" Advertising Display Signed by 56 Former Brooklyn Dodgers

LOT 642

 1874 "First Nine" Cigar Label

LOT 643

 1874 Philadelphia Athletics Team Cabinet Card With Cap Anson and Al Reach

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LOT 646

 1900 Al Spalding Signed Letter To Henry Chadwick From Greece 

With Olympic Content 

LOT 650

 1934 Signed Tour of 

Japan Photo 

Including Ruth and Gehrig

LOT 651

 Circa 1871 Japanese Children's Book - Believed To Be The Earliest Known Depiction of Baseball In Japan

LOT 655

Circa 1900 Wooden Baseball Cigar Boxes Collection (4)

LOT 656

  Circa 1910 

Cy Young Cigar Box

LOT 658

Circa 1910 

Cap Anson Cigar Box

LOT 659

1930 Bambino Tobacco Tin

LOT 661

1787 A Little Pretty 

Pocket Book-First Book 

To Mention Baseball

LOT 662

  1825 to 1860 Baseball "Chapbooks" Collection (13) 

LOT 663

1830s/1840s "Belt Balls" (2)

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LOT 665

Trio of Nineteenth 

Century Baseballs 

LOT 666

The Baseball Player 

Limited Edition Bronze Statue (Douglas Tilden - sculptor) 

LOT 667

Nineteenth-Century Baseball Whiskey Flask Collection (3)

LOT 668

Circa 1890s Occupational Shaving Mug and Children's Mug Collection (7)

LOT 669

Circa 1890s Victorian

Era Photo Album With Baseball Vignette

LOT 672

 Nineteenth-Century Stevengraph Baseball Silk "First Innings"

LOT 673

  Nineteeth-Century Baseball Trophy and Cup Collection (5)

LOT 674

 1872 Silver Trophy Ball

LOT 675

 Circa 1885 

Baseball Lithograph

LOT 677 

Circa 1890s Baseball Lithograph Display

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LOT 681

   Extraordinary 1859 Knickerbocker "On The Fly" Challenge Acceptance Letter

LOT 682 

1860s ABC Baseball 

Plate Collection (2)

LOT 683

 1860 Live Oak Polka Sheet Music 

LOT 685 

1866 Unions of Morrisani vs. Una Mt. Vernon Trophy Ball 

LOT 687 

  1870s Peck & Snyder Bat 

LOT 688 

1866 Unions vs. Athletics Trophy Baseball 

(Lipman Pike!)

LOT 689

 Four 1867-1871 Baseball Guide Rarities Including Two Haney's Guides

LOT 695 

1868 The Game of Baseball by Henry Chadwick

LOT 696 

1868 Base Ball Emporium and Manufacturing Company Sales Catalog

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