Lot 245. Milt Marion – Famed Racer – Signed 7.5” x 9.75” B&W Photo. Marion was born – in 1909 on Long Island – to race. Dirt cars, stock cars, sprint cars, Indy cars – and boats, Marion raced them. On March 8, 1937, he drove a stock car to victory in the first beach and road race, which was sanctioned by the American Automobile Association, at Daytona. His mechanic, Bill France, the future co-founder of NASCAR, finished fifth. Later, Marion founded Marion Engineering, which owned and entered race cars in numerous events. He died in 1999 at the age of 90. His autograph is bold, nm-m 8 with slight smudging.
Minimum Bid $20
Lot 246. 1953 "Indianapolis 500-Mile Race Official Yearbook." Published by Floyd Clymer, this 112-page annual provides details of the race and contains more than 400 photos. Winning driver Bill Vukovich is on the front cover. The victory was the first of two consecutive wins for Vukovich. Because of temperatures in the high 90s and track temperatures that exceeded 130 degrees, this race is known as the “Hottest 500.” Ex yearbook with ex-m to nm pages.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 248. Original 1929 Sepia Wire Photo of Bill Tilden and H.V. S. Dillon at Wimbledon. Tilden captured the Wimbledon championship in 1920, 1921 and again in 1930. In 1929, he defeated Dillon, from Ireland, in the first round, 6-1, 6-1 and 6-2, but lost to France’s Henn Cochet, the ultimate champion, in the semi-final. The 6” x 8” Culver Pictures photo shows Tilden and Dillon at center court before their event. The vg-ex photo has a tiny chip in the lower right corner, a very small edge tear and a couple of creases. The contrast and focus are sharp. The caption on the back is dated June 24, 1929. Tilden is generally regarded as one of the top 10 tennis players of all time. He dominated the game from 1920-34 and is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 249. 7 Different Strip Cards – 3 1921 W551 and 4 1926-27 W512 - 2 with Weismuller. In the 1920s, Johnny Weismuller won five Olympic gold medals in swimming. In 1932 he played Tarzan in the original “Tarzan the Ape Man.” The cards are: W551 Molla B. Mallory (Champion Tennis) ex+, Joe Moore (Champion Ice Skater) ex and John Weismuller (Champion Swimmer) g. W512 #33 Helen Wills (Ex-Tennis Champ) vg, 36 W. T. Tilden 2nd (Tennis Champ.) g, 38 Johnny Weismuller (Swimming Champ.) vg and 40 Aileen Riggin (Diving Champ.) f-g.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 250. Jim Ryun Autographed Dec. 19, 1966 “Special Holiday Issue” of “Sports Illustrated.” Mint 9 signature by the magazine’s “Sportsman of the Year”; he wrote “Go with God” above the signature. In 1964, Ryan was the first high school athlete to run a mile in less than four minutes. In the 1960s, he was generally considered to be the world’s best middle distance runner. In 1966, when he was only 19, Ryun set world records in the mile (3:51.3) and the half-mile (1:44.9). These records and other track successes earned him the “Sports Illustrated” honor. He was also selected for the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete and the “Track & Field News” Athlete of the Year Award as the world's best track & field athlete. ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” named him its “Athlete of the Year.” In 1967, he became the first person to receive the “Track & Field News” Award in two consecutive years. Ryun continued to set records through 1971. From 1965-71, he was ranked no lower than sixth by “Track & Field News” world rankings for mile or 1500-meter runners. He retired in 1974. In 1980, Ryun was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame and in 2003, into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame. The issue of “Sports Illustrated” is ex with a mailing label and has a brief article on Ryun and a photo.
Winning Bid $25
Lot 252. 1936 Gallaher “Famous Jockeys” Set of 48 Tobacco Cards. Fronts feature portraits of leading British and European jockeys, and backs, in blue, summarize their successes. Among them are Freddie Fox, Gordon Richards, Harry Wragg and Frank Furlong. The cards average ex+ to ex-m+.
Winning Bid $15
Lot 253. 1938 Gallaher “Racing Scenes” Complete Set of 48. Jockeys and various horse racing scenes, including steeplechase, comprise this colorful set. Information on the back of each card describes the activity or person on the front. Lord Astor is represented, as well as Gordon Richards, Lord Derby, John Crouch, Freddie Fox and a farrior. Cards average nm.
Winning Bid $10
Lot 254. 1935 Rodeo 10th Annual World’s Championships Official Program. This event was held Oct. 9-27 at Madison Square Garden. The 52-page program is ex with a cover illustration and full-page cartoons by Burris Jenkins, one of the most popular sports illustrators of the era, and Walt Disney. Articles provide a brief history of rodeo and describe many of the events.
Winning 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 562. 10 Vintage Guides or Books on Track and Field, Hockey, Golf, Tennis and Running. These publications are softcovers unless otherwise noted. One of the scarcer publications is “How to Sprint” edited by Archie Hahn. This 246-page 1929 softcover is from “Spalding’s Athletic Library.” One of the best sprinters of the 20th century, Hahn won gold medals in three events at the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis. The book has photos of various sprinters. Vg-ex with a name written on the front cover. The “1915 Spalding’s Official Athletic Almanac” has more than 200 pages on track and field competition, swimming and boxing. It is illustrated with photos and contains information on intercollegiate and international events. No covers, vg-ex pages, content complete. Also: “The Track Events and Analysis of Correct Form,” Maj. John L. Griffith and “Potsy” Clark, 1923, from the Wilson Athletic Library, 64 pages, vg; “Constitution, By-Laws and Laws of Athletics, Inter-Collegiate Association, Amateur Athletes America,” 1902, no covers, 64 vg pages; and “The Olympic Discus: A Story of Ancient Greece,” Jan Parandowski, 1964 edition softcover, vg-ex. HOCKEY is represented by the “1952 Official Hockey Guide of the Amate4ur Hockey Association of the United States,” 262 pages with photos of many youth teams, vg. GOLF’s entry is the 1949 “Official Golf Guide,” a 256-page hardback edited by Fred Corcoran and published by A. S. Barnes & Company. Golfer of the Year Ben Hogan is on the front cover of the guide, which is vg+. Two LAWN TENNIS annuals are part of this collection, Spalding’s offering for 1919, f-g, and Wright & Ditson’s for 1934, vg. Top players are pictured in each guide. Finally, this group includes “The Complete Runner.” 1978 “from the editors of ‘Runner’s World’ magazine,” 392 pages, ex.
Winning Bid $40
Lot 563. 1920s-30s Spalding Guides and Posters on Basketball, Volleyball and Baseball for Women. Three guides, from Spalding’s Athletic Library, are the “Official Basket Ball Guide for Women for 1921-22 vg, 1922-23 g+ (covers detached and present) and 1924-25 g-vg. Given the instructions these guides provide, the authors certainly didn’t anticipate the WBA. Each guide has at least 50 pages, and as many as 70. A 1937 publication, from Spalding’s “Athletic Activities for Women and Girls” series, provides instructions for “Outdoor Baseball” and “Volley Ball for Girls and Women.” Vg. In a 3.5” x 4.5” format, a 64-page Spalding supplement to the “Official Outdoor Baseball Guide for Girls and Women” presents “Outdoor Baseball Rules for Girls and Women,” ex-m. A 1923 publication, “Track and Field Athletics for Girls: Instructions for Acquiring Correct Form,” provides 154 pages of information and instruction; vg with a 3” spine split. This publication covers a wide range of track and field events. Four posters of various sizes accompany these publications: “Basketball Technique” (2, one approximately 10” x 13”, and the other, which is illustrated with photos of girls playing basketball, 13” x 26”); “Volley Ball for Girls and Women,” 14.5” x 18”, and “Outdoor Baseball for Girls Rules Chart,” 19.5” x 23.5.” All of these posters have multiple folds, and except for the baseball poster, all have multiple tears along the folds. Five guides, a supplement and four posters.
Winning Bid $68