Lot 10. 1950s “PREMIERE Gum and Card Vendor” Vending Machine. This vintage machine dispensed gumballs and cards in the 1950s. It measures 13” x 12 ¾” x 5 ½”. The two glass panels displaying the cards are intact, as is the center glass panel. The baseball cards pictured are included. The machine shows light wear with some nicks in the paint and minor oxidation on the silver parts. Well over 95% of the paint is present. It is in good working order. A key that provides access to the machine’s interior is present. Text says “Premiere Ball Gum and Card 1 cent.”
Winning Bid $1,367
Lot 11. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB "Cooperstown Teddy" from Cooperstown Bears. Wearing Roberto Clemente’s No. 21 on his jersey, this 58-year-old teddy bear is nm with his original tags and original Certificate of Authenticity in its original envelope in his original box, which has “1962 Pitt Pirates” added to one side. This bear is No. 272 from an edition of 2,500. According to the CoA, “This bear is created in the style of an original turn-or-the-century Teddy – exquisitely reproduced by hand and made to last a lifetime.” The bear sits about 11.5” tall and will make a friendly, cuddly addition to a Pirates or bear collection.
Winning Bid $273
Lot 22. Pete Rose Signed Wiffle Ball Box with a Wiffle Ball Inside. A portrait of Rose in his Reds cap appears on the top flap of the box with text that reads “Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds Recommends Wiffle Ball Regulation Baseball Size.” Rose has autographed the top of the box boldly in blue sharpie. Below his autograph, he added: “44 Games In Row.” The box and ball are like new. The autograph is Nm-m 8.
Winning Bid $55
Lot 316. Circa 1890-1900 Framed and Matted “Casey at the Bat” Illustrations. This two-panel sheet with superb baseball illustrations pokes fun at “Mighty Casey,” the failed batsman of Ernest Thayer’s famous 1888 poem. In the first panel, a smiling Casey, wearing a “Champion” jersey, stands with bat and ball in hand. In the second panel, children are playing baseball, and a batted ball seems headed beyond the reach of a fielder. This poem accompanies the young players: “When I grow up and am as big As ‘Casey at the bat,’ They’ll not catch me with ‘one!’ – ‘two!’ – ‘three’ – I’ll not strike out like that!” Each of the two drawings is about 5.25” x 7.75.” They are matted and framed to 13” x 17” and appear to be ex-m. They will make an excellent addition to an early 1900s trade card collection.
Winning Bid $40
Lot 317. Scarce 1916 Lemp Brewing Co. Comic Series Baseball Player Print by M. H. Herget AApproximately 8.5” x 12.5,” the print is matted and framed to 14.25” x 18.5.” It is part of series of comic sports figures Herget created to promote the brewery. Herget was an archeological painter for “National Geographic.” He is widely recognized for his paintings of Native Americans. Established in 1840 in St. Louis, the Wm J. Lemp Brewing Co. was acquired in 1920 by the Griesedieck Beverage Company, which later became the Falstaff Brewing Corp. The print, which is under glass, has an ex to ex-m appearance with a narrow 1.25” edge streak that appears to be soiling and a couple of tiny background spots. Seldom seen!
Minimum Bid $75
Lot 318. Vintage Matted Ad for the 1889 E.R. Williams Indoor Base Ball Game. The game was played with 52 playing cards, 19 of which featured two players per card. Some of the notable players include Anson, Clarkson, Comiskey, Ewing, Galvin, Keefe and Ward. This black and white ad, apparently from a magazine, appears with the heading “Toys and Games.” An illustration with a batter, catcher, pitcher, first baseman and umpire is followed by “Baseball at Home - Williams’ Popular Indoor Game.” The game is promoted as “Interesting, Exciting, Scientific, Speculative - For Sale Everywhere Price $1”. An artist’s rendering of Buck Ewing is shown inside a baseball diamond with text noting that the game is “Endorsed by Buck Ewing and All Experts.” This 6 ¼” x 5” ad, matted to 8” x 10”, is in nice ex condition and displays beautifully.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 319. June 1889 Receipt from A. G. Spalding & Bros. Athletic and Sporting Goods. The $6.00 receipt is on yellow letterhead with “A. G. Spalding & Bros., Manufacturers and Dealers in Athletic and Sporting Goods, 241 Broadway.” The receipt is handwritten for a pair of gloves at $3.50 and a Mask at $2.50. (No sales tax!) The 5.25” x 8.5” receipt is ex with a slightly irregular left side, likely as torn from a receipt book. Neither the print nor the ink has faded with time.
Minimum Bid $20
Lot 320. 1896 Sporting Beauty Cigar Box Label Depicting Baseball and Horse Racing. Wonderful, colorful period graphics show horse racing and baseball action next to a woman holding a Score Card. The 4.5” x 7” label is technically g as a result of creases evident upon close examination; at some point, it looks as if the label was folded horizontally and vertically. The label displays as vg or better.
Winning Bid $25
Lot 321. March 19, 1898 Correspondence on A. J. Reach Sporting Goods Letterhead. The stationery is 7” x 8 3/8” and ex with several mailing folds. Containing the Reach logo, it identifies the company, in Philadelphia, as the “Largest Manufacturers of Sporting Goods, Base Ball Supplies, Boxing Gloves, Striking Bags, Foot Ball Goods.” The correspondence has to do with pricing and mentions three other companies, Neudecker, Rogge & Koch, and Harrison. An attractive display item.
Winning Bid $45
Lot 322. Early 1900s Chicago Cubs Souvenir – Mini-Bat with Attached Ribbon. The bat is approximately 3 ½” in length. The attached silk ribbon is about 3” x 1”. Though frayed and torn, the ribbon presents nicely with period graphics of a bear inside a C along with a baseball and text identifying the wearer as a “ROOTER.” The graphics in dark brown stand out well against the beige background of the ribbon.
Winning Bid $40
Lot 323. 2 Late 19th-Early 20th Century Baseball Cabinet Cards. The first features a boy wearing a catcher’s mitt. He is in full uniform, including quilted pants, which suggest the late 1800s. The cabinet measures 4 ¾” x 8 ½”, and the photo is within an oval approximately 3” x 5 ½”. The photo remains very displayable with a number of scratches. F-g. The second cabinet, 6” x 9”, shows a young man, a southpaw, preparing to pitch. His uniform suggests the early 1900s. The photo, approximately 3 ¾” x 5 ½”, is nm-m on an ex cabinet.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 324. 1903 Baseball Valentine by Raphael Tuck & Sons. Known for its 1888 Artistic Series baseball die-cut set, Raphael Tuck & Sons also produced this baseball valentine. Consistent with the Tuck & Sons set, the card has a die-cut baseball player on the front set against a large red heart. The player wears quilted baseball pants. Either a large ball or a bubble from gum covers the player’s mouth and chest. “Valentine Greeting” is also on the card’s front. Inside, this greeting follows the word “Baseball”: “You clothe yourself in bright array and hope to win the game, for hits and bases deftly made will bring you wealth and fame. But should you fail to reach the goal, despair not, nor repine; by day or night, come good or ill, I’ll be your Valentine.” Vg-ex.
Winning Bid $10
Lot 326. Framed Honus Wagner Vintage Ad and Facsimile Signature. An advertisement for Bradley Knit Wear features an excellent portrait of Wagner by American illustrator J. F. Kernan, who specialized in portraits and scenes representing middle-class life. From 1910-40, his works appeared on the covers of “The Saturday Evening Post,” “Collier’s,” “Outdoor Life” and other popular magazines. The ad contains a quote attributed to Wagner mentioning Ty Cobb. Beneath the ad is Wagner’s facsimile signature. The ad itself, which has a ½” edge tear, a corner crease and an area of very light soiling, is approximately 6 ¼” x 9 ¼”. It has been professionally matted and framed to 13 5/8” x 18 ¼”. A “Baseball Magazine” premium with this same portrait sold for $450
Winning Bid $185