Lot 386. 1927 American Bowling Congress 27th International Tournament Ribbon. This cloth ribbon, measuring approximately 1 5/8” x 4”, is a real attention-grabber. The craftsmanship is outstanding. On an off-white background, an American flag is displayed below text that reads “American Bowling Congress 27th International Tournament.” And below the flag, “Peoria, Ill. Mar.5 to Apr.10 1927.” A label folded behind the ribbon itself identifies the manufacturer, “Warner Woven Label Co. Inc. Paterson, N.J.” This hidden label has a pin hole. The American Bowling Congress, formed in New York City in 1895, set the rules, regulations and standards for tenpin bowling. More than 1,400 bowlers participated in the 1927 event. This wonderful ribbon is ex-m.
Winning Bid $15
Lot 387. 13 Books, Booklets or Pamphlets on Bowling. One of the key books is the American Bowling Congress (ABC) 1948 Special Edition of Ned Day’s “How to Bowl.” Ex-m hardback with the blue covers stamped in gold. Other hardbacks are “10 Secrets of Bowling,” Don Carter, 1963, ex+ and g-vg dust jacket; “Bowling” from the Athletic Institute Series, 1966, vg; and “Bowling Secrets of the Pros,” George Sullivan, 1968 stated first edition, vg. The softcovers are “Bowling,” Patty Costello, 1977, ex-m; “Bowling,” Carol Schunk, 1976, vg-ex, and “Improve Your Bowling,” Maco Publishing, with contributions by Dick Weber and other top bowlers, 1966, damaged cover, otherwise vg-ex. Five publications averaging vg+ are from the American Bowling Congress: “Official Prize Winners of 1950 ABC Championships”; 1981-82 Playing Rules”; “Bowlers Guide,” 1974; “1950 ABC Championships Official Schedule”; and “Pin Pointers,” 1964. Also, a booklet from the Acacia Bowling League for the 1954-55 season. The 40-page publication features entertaining illustrations.
Winning Bid $10
Lot 388. 3 Mattel 1998 “Bowling Party” Figures and a Disney Goofy Gumball Bowling Machine. The Mattel figures, each mint in the original unopened box, are named Janet, Whitney and Stacie. Each figure is about nine inches tall and comes with bowling accessories. Mickey’s Stuff for Kids produced the “Action Gumball Machine.” When a lever is pushed, Goofy’s arm twirls as if he is about to deliver a strike, and a gumball is dispensed. The machine is about 6” x 10.5” x and as much as 9.5” tall. It is nm-m in the original box and appears to be unused.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 565. 18 Sports Books – Jesse Owens, Grantland Rice, Barnes Sports Library, Etc. . Eleven hardback books are from the Barnes Sports Library. Two deal with football, one with hockey, six with basketball, and one each with swimming and bowling. Among the highlights is Jesse Owens’ 1978 “Jesse: A Spiritual Autobiography,” in which “the Olympic star tells how he found God.” First edition, near fine hardback with a 1/8” line of very slight fading at the bottom of the front cover; vg dust jacket with rubbing on the back and some fading along the spine. A religious perspective prevails also in “Winning,” a 1990 first edition from Rosey Grier and Kathi Mills. Thirty-eight athletes, from Mike Barber through John Wooden, and including Tom Landry, Meadowlark Lemon, Pete Maravich, Anthony Munoz, Jo Jo Starbuck and Reggie White, offer their thoughts on achieving victory in sports and life. Fine book, near fine dust jacket. In “The Tumult and the Shouting,” influential sportswriter Grantland Rice offers insights about Ty Cobb, Bobby Jones, Jack Dempsey, Bill Tilden, Knute Rockne, Jim Thorpe, Babe Didrikson and other athletes. The 1954 fifth printing is vg; the dust jacket is missing. Four softcover books, each written by a top star, focus on tennis. All are 1975 or 1976 reprints: “Tennis” by Pancho Gonzales; “How to Play Better Tennis” by Bill Tilden; “Tennis to Win” by Billie Jean King, and “Tennis Doubles: Tactics & Formations” by Paul Metzler. Each book is near fine in a vg slipcase. All of the Barnes Sports Library books are hardbacks without dust jackets unless otherwise noted. On FOOTBALL: “Football,” W. Glenn Killinger, 1939, near fine book, heavily damaged dust jacket. And “Football Techniques Illustrated,” Jim Moore and Tyler Micoleau, 1931, near fine first edition, 0.5” light stain on the front cover. BASKETBALL: Four of the six books are by Clair Bee, who led Long Island University at Brooklyn to unbeaten seasons in 1936 and 1939 and to National Invitation Tournament championships in 1939 and 1941. Bee’s books are: “The Science of Coaching,” vg+; “Man-to-Man Defense and Attack,” 1942, vg+, writing inside front cover; “Zone Defense and Attack,” 1942, vg, stain on the back cover; and “Drills and Fundamentals,” 1942, vg+ book with a name inside the front cover, g dust jacket. The two other basketball books are: “Basketball Illustrated,” Howard A. Hobson, 1948, vg, and “Basketball,” Charles C. Murphy, 1946, complete, f+ to g. HOCKEY: “Ice Hockey,” Eddie Jeremiah, 1942 first edition, vg+. BOWLING: “Bowling for All,” Joe Falcaro and Murray Goodman, 1957, g+. SWIMMING: “Swimming,” by Robert J. H. Kiphurth, 1942, vg. If your sports interests are diverse, these books will provide many hours of education and entertainment!
Winning Bid $25