Lot 633. 1979 Michigan Sports HoF Program Signed by 5 HoF Members – Banonis, Gehringer, Kramer, Newhouser and Schmidt. Chas. Gehringer and Hal Newhouser are in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Joe Schmidt is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And Vince Banonis and Ron Kramer were enshrined in the College Football HoF in 1986 and 1978, respectively. All are in the State of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. All signed a 128-page program for the organization’s 1979 induction ceremonies. In fact, Kramer autographed the program cover, along with two other inductees, Earl Morrall, one of the most successful backup quarterbacks in NFL history, and Warren Orlick (“Mr. Rules), PGA Golf Professional of the Year for 1960 and president of the Professional Golfers Association 1971-72. He passed away in 2003. Other Michigan HoF members who signed the program and the sport they represent are: Chuck Kocsis, golf; and Jake Mazer, Bob Calihan, Cincy Sachs and Lofton Greene, basketball. The autographs, all next to or on the individual’s photo, are nm-m 8 to gem mint 10. The program is vg-ex.
Minimum Bid $20
Lot 795. Collectibles from the Olympics, Golf, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Horse Racing and Other Sports. These sports and others as well are represented in the Smithsonian Institute’s 1981 “Champions of American Sport.” The 20-page magazine-style publication has two intact sheets, each with nine perforated color cards, including Unitas, Koufax, Joe Louis, Nicklaus, Ashe, Ali, Namath, Mays, Hull, Fleming and others. Ex publication with some cards potentially mint. Here are the other collectibles by sport: Baseball – Two 33 1/3 vinyl record albums, “Baseball The First 100 Years” and “The Year of the Tiger (Detroit Tigers) ’68,” both nm. Also, a 1917 publication, “The Choir Herald,” with an advertisement for an upcoming evangelistic campaign by Billy Sunday in Los Angeles, g with two punch holes through each page. Golf – Two books, “Golf My Way” by Jack Nicklaus, 1974 softcover, ex, and “Just a Range Ball in a Box of Titleists” by Gary McCord, 1997 apparent first edition hardcover, nm book, ex dust jacket. Also, a 292-page program for the 1978 60th PGA Championship, f cover, vg+ to ex pages. Olympics – 1956 letter on U.S. Olympic Committee stationery from Vee Toner, manager of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Swimming Team, to Chet Smith, “Pittsburgh Press” sports editor. Vg-ex, generally personal content. Basketball – Two paperback books, “The Incredible Knicks” by Phil Pepe, 1970, g-vg, and “Go Up for Glory” by Bill Russell, 1966, vg. Horse Racing – Two 1972 press passes to Pitt Park Raceway at The Meadows in Pennsylvania, ex-m, and the March 1978 issue of “The Limestone Epitaph” tabloid with eight pages of harness racing articles related to the racing track near Pittsburgh, vg. Football – “The First 50 Years: The Story of the National Football League,” two 33 1/3 vinyl records, apparently 1970, nm. The albums feature the voices of George Halas, Jim Thorpe, Art Rooney, Fran Tarkenton, Gale Sayers and other pioneers and stars of the game.
Winning Bid $50