Lot 337. Unused Baseball Postage Stamps – Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Ruth and More! Six different stamp issues are represented in this collection. A single nm-m 3-cent stamp issued in 1939 commemorates the Centennial of Baseball. A plate block of four 1969 nm-m 6-cent stamps marks the 100th anniversary of Professional Baseball. Jackie Robinson is featured on a partial sheet of 12 vg+ to ex 20-cent stamps issued in 1982. Babe Ruth is the subject of a partial sheet of 19 ex 20-cent stamps from 1983. Lou Gehrig graces a full sheet of 50 nm-m 25-cent stamps released by the U.S. Postal Service in 1989. A sheet of 40 ex-m 29-cent Olympic stamps issued in 1991 has colorful baseball action scene. The face value of these stamps slightly exceeds $30. Which is where we’ll start the bidding.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 347. Vernon Law and Roger Maris Wiffle Ball Box. This box, which once held a Wiffle Ball, has been flattened and displays nicely. Portraits of Law and Maris appear on the top flap with their endorsement: “Vernon Law of the Pittsburgh Pirates recommends - Wiffle Ball - Recommended by Roger Maris of the New York Yankees.” A price of 39 cents is also indicated. There are creases on the back panel and right side panel and some modest soiling throughout the box’s surface.
Winning Bid $15
Lot 351. Thurman Munson Wiffle Ball Box. The box was apparently never folded to accommodate a Wiffle Ball. A 1 ½” crease on the inside of the bottom panel does not show on the outside. A portrait of Munson in his New York Yankees cap appears on the panel that is intended to be the top of the box. The exterior of the box has a pristine appearance.
Winning Bid $10
Lot 353. 8 First Day of Issue Envelopes Featuring the Babe Ruth 20-Cent Stamp. The U.S. Postal Service issued the Babe Ruth stamp on July 6, 1983, in Chicago. The date marks the 50th anniversary of the first Baseball All-Star game. Ruth contributed a two-run home run as the American League defeated the National, 4-2, at Comiskey Park in Chicago. All eight of the 6 ½” x 3 5/8” envelopes have a July 6, 1983 Chicago postmark. There are four different envelopes, all with the Ruth stamp, among the eight. Three identified as “Double Play Cards-1” have an artist’s portrait of Ruth and a representation of a 1935 Ruth promotional offer from Quaker Oats. Two are “Double Play Cards-2” with a photo of Ruth pitching for the Boston Red Sox and noting that he “smashed an unprecedented 29 home runs” that season. Two more are “Double Play Cards-3” reproducing the front cover of the April 20, 1935 “Literary Digest,” which presents Ruth as a batter. One envelope is from a different series, J:M, and marked as “3 of 10.” Below a photo of Ruth batting, it identifies him as “The Red Sox Home Run king who astonished the baseball world by clouting twenty-nine homers in 1919.” Very nice Ruth collection.
Minimum Bid $20
Lot 366. 5 Different Photos of Babe Ruth from the Inside Covers of “Baseball Magazine. For many years “Baseball Magazine” featured full-page photos of Major League baseball players on its inside front and back covers. Inside the Aug. 1928 front cover, Ruth holds a bat. Below is this caption: Babe Ruth who is breaking his own great record with the New York Yankees.” Vg+ to ex photo. Also: Circa 1933, inside back cover, Ruth on the dugout steps holding a bat with multiple bats in front of him; “Babe Ruth, star of many World’s Series, still hopes for one more chance.” Vg photo. June 1935: “The brilliant showman of the Boston Braves, ‘Rabbit’ Maranville and Babe Ruth.” Ex photo. July 1939: Close-up of Ruth in uniform with the caption “’Babe’ Ruth.” G+ to vg. And Oct. 1943: “A pair of famous home run sluggers get together, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams.” Williams appears in his military uniform lighting a cigar for Ruth, who is shown in civilian clothes holding a baseball. Vg+ to ex. Note: Grades are for only the photo side of the page.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 367. 2 Different Photos of Lou Gehrig from Inside Back Covers of “Baseball Magazine. The first, from Jan. 1927, shows Gehrig reaching high to catch a ball. There is no caption except for his name. Vg photo, with C. M. Conlon identified as the photographer. In the second photo, from Dec. 1928, Gehrig poses with a bat on his shoulder. The captions says Lou Gehrig, who batted .545, and drove in nine runs in the recent World’s Series.” Vg-ex photo. Please note that grades are for only the photo side of the page.
Winning Bid $15
Lot 368. “Baseball Magazine” Cover and Inside-Cover Photos of Ruth, Gehrig and DiMaggio. Babe Ruth is shown once in this collection, Lou Gehrig, three times, and Joe DiMaggio, twice. These New York Yankees’ Hall of Fame stars are on three front covers and three photos inside a cover. The front covers are: Oct. 1921, illustration of Babe Ruth by Benton Henderson Clark, a widely respected Ohio artist who specialized in Western art. The full-color cover shows Ruth following through on his swing and beginning to run the base path. April 1935, a black & white head and shoulders photo of a smiling Lou Gehrig. Aug. 1939, Gehrig sitting on the dugout steps, b&w photo. The inside-cover photos, all b&w, are: March 1932, Lou Gehrig holding a bat with the caption “Lou Gehrig, Yankee star, whose formidable stickwork was a feature of 1931.” July 1936, Joe DiMaggio holding a bat, “Jolting Joe DiMaggio of the Yankees, the year’s most talked about rookie.” And Jan. 1942, DiMaggio, following through with his swing, “Joe DiMaggio, voted the Most Valuable Player in the American League for 1941.” The Aug. 1939 cover with Gehrig has a photo of Wee Willie Keeler on the inside. These covers and photos range from g to vg on the side with the Yankee photo.
Winning Bid $25
Lot 373. Very Rare New York Yankees 1961 World Series-Yankee Stadium Pennant with Player Names. The Yankees defeated the Reds in the 1961 World Series in five games. This full-sized pennant, measuring about 11 ½” x 29 ½,” displays the names of 25 Yankee, each inside a baseball. Berra, Ford, Mantle and Maris are among the names. There are three tack holes, near the tip and the corners of the blue stripe, and there is staining along the edges, primarily at the bottom. The graphics, in red and blue on a white background, stand out nicely. “New York Yankees” is in bold red script and block letters, and “1961 World Series-Yankee Stadium” is in bold blue letters against the white background of the pennant.
Winning Bid $83
Lot 452. 1935 "Babe Ruth’s Big Book of Baseball." Offered as a premium by The Quaker Oats Company, this softcover book has a colorful cover with Ruth swinging a bat while fans watch from the stands. The book contains 64 pages of baseball instruction, strategy and history. Vg with some pages loose from the spine but present and in place.
Minimum Bid $20
Lot 423. Washington Redskins at New York Giants Program – Nov. 11, 1951. The Giants were one of the NFL’s strongest teams, and they dispatched the Redskins at the Polo Grounds, 28-14. The 20-page program is vg+ and contains photos of Giants, Redskins and Cleveland Browns players – Bob Hudson, Otto Schnellbacher, Emlen Tunnell, Tom Landry, Sammy Baugh, Bullet Bill Dudley, Harry Gilmer, Hugh Taylor, Otto Graham, Dante Lavelli, Marion Motley, Lou Groza and others.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 461. 4 Pieces of Sheet Music with a Baseball Connection – Tigers, Reds, Braves and Yankees. This sheet music, issued as early as 1907 and as recently as 1955, is associated with MLB teams in various ways. “The Tigers Went a Hunting,” from 1907, is dedicated to “Hughey Jennings (the Tigers’ manager) and His Great Ball Club.” His Tigers had won the American League title and were about to face the Cubs in the World Series. The front and back covers have 10 well executed illustrations depicting or related to tigers. The pages are separated, relatively brittle and have edge chips and tears that do not affect the music or illustrations. F+. Thomas H. Griffith, right fielder for the Cincinnati Reds, is pictured on the cover of “I’ll Change Your Shadows to Sunshine.” He wrote the words, and Elmer B. Griffith wrote the music. Otherwise, the 1912 song has no connection with the Reds. Parts of two other songs by Thomas Griffith are provided inside the front cover and on the outside of the back cover – “Take me back to old Ohio” and Ireland Dear Old Ireland.” Pages separated, two names on the front cover, g-vg. The most direct association with a team is provided by “The Milwaukee Braves Song,” words and music by Florence Heather Beyer, 1953, ex-m. A New York Yankees cap, punctured by a pitchfork, is on the cover of sheet music for “Whatever Lola Wants” from “Damn Yankees.” This 1955 sheet music is vg. The Tigers and Braves sheet music is scarce.
Minimum Bid $50
Lot 466. May 1935 “Baseball Magazine” with Babe Ruth, Bill McKechnie on the Front Cover. The front and back covers are detached from the magazine and separated from each other. The covers have chips and tears along the edges. The “Baseball Magazine” header and the photo would display well if matted. The pages of the magazine are g+ to vg. Mickey Cochrane and Arky Vaughan are pictured inside the front and back covers, respectively.
Winning Bid $20