Lot 358. 8 “Legends of Baseball” Limited Edition Plates Recommended by the Bradford Exchange. These 8.25” fine porcelain plates, which are rimmed with 22-karat gold, present paintings of vintage Hall of Fame baseball stars – Lou Gehrig, Cy Young, Rogers Hornsby, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Tris Speaker, Christy Mathewson and Mel Ott. Delphi produced the plates, and Jeff Barson created the paintings. He is an artist and medical entrepreneur who has created artwork for the New York City Opera, Ballentine, Coca-Cola and others. He also was commissioned to paint portraits of Vivien Leigh for the 60th anniversary of the movie “Gone With the Wind” and of Princess Diana. Each plate comes with Certificate of Authenticity, a collector card and an insert noting that the “Legends of Baseball” collection is “the first baseball series ever recommended by the Bradford Exchange to depict history’s immortal ballplayers.” The condition of the collector cards varies. The series comprises 16 plates. The half of the set offered here includes: 2. Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. 4. Cy Young: The Perfect Game. 5. Rogers Hornsby: The .424 Season. 6. Honus Wagner: The Flying Dutchman. 8. Walter Johnson: The Shutout. 9. Tris Speaker: The Gray Eagle. 10. Christy Mathewson: 1905 World Series. And 11. Mel Ott: Master Melvin. The other plates in the set, which are not included here, are: 1. Babe Ruth. 3. Ty Cobb. 7. Jimmie Foxx. 12. Lefty Grove. 13.Shoeless Joe Jackson. 14. Pie Traynor. 15. Mickey Cochrane. 16. Grover Alexander. The plates are mint in their original Styrofoam packages.
Winning Bid $75
Lot 359. 6 Collector Plates – Mickey Mantle (3), Don Mattingly, Bobby Thomson, Walter Johnson. All three Mantle plates are from Sports Impressions. Two the same are Gold Editions from the “Sports Superstar Collector Plate Series”: Mickey Mantle, “Greatest Switch Hitter.” These 10.5” plates, with a gold rim and facsimile Mantle autograph, feature eight images of Mantle by Joseph Catalano, whose excellent artwork has appeared on numerous Sports Impressions issues. Numbered 983 and 1058 of 2,401, each plate is mint and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. The third Sports Impressions plate of Mantle is from the Hamilton Collection, a 6.5” plate titled “The Legendary Mickey Mantle” from the “Best of Baseball Plate Collection.” Robert Tanenbaum provided six images of Mantle. Tanenbaum is widely recognized for his movie poster and Native American art. The plate is mint and comes with a certificate. Sports Impressions is the source of the 1987 Don Mattingly plate, which uses Brian Johnson artwork. The 10.25” gold-rimmed Autographed Edition plate recognizes Mattingly as “Player of the Year” and has a facsimile autograph in gold. The plate is #251 of 2,500, mint, comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and the original box. The Bradford Exchange is associated with the two other plates. From its “Great Moments in Baseball” series: “Bobby Thomson: Shot Heard ’Round the World” by Stephen Gardner, 8.25” plate, gold rim, mint, CoA. And, from the “Legends of Baseball” series from Delphi, recommended by the Bradford Exchange, “Walter Johnson: The Shutout” by Jeff Barson, 8.25” fine porcelain plate rimmed with 22-karat gold, mint with a CoA and Delphi collector card. These plates are in their original boxes or in Styrofoam containers.
Winning Bid $40
Lot 364. Frank Graham Books on the New York Yankees and Lou Gehrig. Graham wrote three of the baseball team histories in the Putnam series, including “The New York Yankees.” He was a sportswriter or columnist for the “New York Sun” from 1915-43, and the “New York Journal-American,” from 1945-65. In 1971, he was posthumously recognized by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America with the J. G. Taylor Spink Award and, in 1997, by the Boxing Writers Association of America with the A. J. Liebling Award. Each is the organization’s highest award. Graham’s book on the Yankees is the 1958 revised edition, ex hardback book with minor corner wear in a g dust jacket. In 1942, G. P. Putnam’s Sons published “Lou Gehrig: A Quiet Man.” This special edition hardback is from E. M. Hale and Co. Cadmus Books published by arrangement with Putnam. Produced without a dust jacket, it has an illustration of Gehrig on the cover. The book is vg with minor writing inside the front cover, tape and tape residue inside the back cover and some wear on the outside of the back cover.
Winning Bid $10
Lot 368. 6 Baseball Books Including Biographies of Babe Ruth, Moe Berg and Andrew Dawson. Also, a book on the business of baseball by Marvin Miller and two books with brief profiles of hundreds of players. The biographies and Miller’s book are hardbacks. 1. “Babe Ruth: His Life and Times” by Paul Adomites and Saul Wisnia, 1995 first edition, 240 illustrated pages on Ruth’s life and career marking the 125th anniversary of his birth. Nm-m book and dust jacket. 2. “Moe Berg: Athlete, Scholar, Spy” by Louis Kaufman, et al., 1974 second printing, classic book on the catcher who had a modest MLB career in 1923 and from 1926-39 with five different teams. He then served as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. Ex+ book with the owner’s name on the flyleaf and inside the back cover; vg+ dust jacket. 3. “Hawk” by Andre Dawson with Tom Bird, foreword by Ernie Banks, 1994 first edition, ex-m to nm book, ex-m dj. Dawson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010. 4. “A Whole Different Ball Game: The Sport and Business of Baseball” by Marvin Miller, preface by Studs Terkel, introduction by Bill James, 1991 first edition, vg-ex book and dj with damage to the book covers, nm-m pages. Under Miller’s leadership as executive director from 1966-82, the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) became one of the nation’s strongest unions. Red Barber called him, after Babe Ruth, “the second most influential man in the history of baseball.” Miller was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020. 5. “Aaron to Zuverink” by Rich Marazzi and Len Fiorito, 1984 Avon first printing, 526 pages, more than 1,000 profiles of 1950s MLB players, vg softcover. 6. “Aaron to Zipfel” by Rich Marazzi and Len Fiorito, 1985 Avon first printing, 594 pages, profiles of 1960s players, vg softcover.
Winning Bid $15
Lot 370. Boggs and Mack Autobiographies and 4 Books of Inside Baseball Stories and History. In 1950, Connie Mack published his “My 66 Years in the Big Leagues.” His 88-page stated first edition softcover book is g-vg with the covers held together with several small pieces of tape. The pages have an ex appearance. Wade Boggs’ 96-page autobiography, “Boggs!” is an apparent first edition softcover from 1986, vg-ex, with pages better than the cover. The third book with an autobiographic perspective is “The American Diamond” by Branch Rickey with Robert Riger, 1965 stated first printing, vg+ to ex hardcover with a stain on the front cover, dust jacket missing. Rickey provides a 204-page personal history and perspective of the game. The three other books provide players’ stories as told to various authors: “My Greatest Day in Baseball” as told to John P. Carmichael and others, 1945 first edition hardback, ex-m book, vg-ex dust jacket. “Conversations with Baseball Greats” by Art Rust Jr., 1989 hardback, ex-m book, ex dj. And “Teenagers, Graybeards and 4-F’s, Volume 1, The National League” by Harrington Crissey Jr., 1981 first edition softcover signed by the author as Kit Crissey, ex-m. These books present the stories of such stars as Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Cy Young, Satchel Paige, Christy Mathewson, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, as well as lesser known players such as Connie Ryan, Bobby Bragan, Swish Nicholson, Joe Nuxhall, Bucky Walters, Andy Seminick and Harry Walker.
Minimum Bid $30
Lot 400. 8 Jay Publishing or Team 1950s-70s Photo Sets or Partial Sets and Other Items – Yankees, Red Sox, Etc. The New York Yankees’ 1960 Jay Publishing set is complete, consistent with the Trading Card Database checklist, with 12 b&w 5” x 7” photos: Berra, Ford, Howard, Kubek, Lopez, Mantle, Maris, McDougald, Richardson, Skowron, Stengel and Turley. The Mantle photo has an insignificant ink mark approximately ¼” long in the outer edge of the upper right border. Some checklists for this set have Carey instead of Richardson. In 1960, Carey was traded to Kansas City after four games with the Yankees. Richardson was a season-long starter. This set is sold as is with Richardson. It grades ex overall. Here is a list of the other sets, partial sets and miscellaneous items:
ASTROS: 1969 b&w 8.5” x 11” team sheet with photos of the manager, coaches and 27 players, including Joe Morgan. The 1969 season was the team’s first in the N.L. Western Division. Vg+.
METS: 1986 uncut 7.5” x 10.5” sheet of 9 perforated cards with a Super Fan membership card and cards of eight players, including Carter, Gooden, Hernandez and Strawberry. Ex-m.
RED SOX: 1972 team-issued set of eight, 7” x 8.75” color photos: Aparicio, Carter, Culp, Griffin, Krausse, Kennedy, Pattin, Reggie Smith. Ex.
1977 team-issued set of eight 7” x 8.5” color photos: Burleson, Doyle, Evans, Fisk, Lynn, Rice, Scott and Yastrzemski. Vg-ex to ex.
WHITE SOX: Five photos from a 1972 team-issued set of 12 color photos, 7” x 8.75”: Bahnsen, Kelly, May, Melton and Wood. Ex to ex-m.
Senators: 1958, 17 of 29 b&w 4” x 5” team-issued photos: Aspromonte, Beck, Becquer, Clary, Clevenger, Courtney, Fitzgerald, Griggs, Hyde, Jurges, Kemmerer, Lavagetto, Lemon, Pascual, Plews, Sievers and Thronberry. 14 photos ex-m, 2 vg and 1 g.
TWINS: 1965 team-issued 4.75” x approximately 7” color postcards, 9 from a set of 10: Allison, Battey, Hall, Kaat, Killebrew, Mele, Oliva, Rollins and Versalles. Missing Pascual. Vg-ex to ex+.
Four sets, three near or partial sets and a team sheet.
Winning Bid $92
Lot 402. 9 Baseball Photos – Ruth, Mantle, DiMaggio, Roberts, Koufax, Bunning, Musial, Canseco. Color 8” x 10” photos, more recent prints, unless otherwise noted: Babe Ruth, black & white photo with facsimile signatures as “Geo. H. Ruth” and “Babe Ruth.” Mickey Mantle (2), both b&w, batting pose and a photo of a Rawlings premium. Joe DiMaggio, photo of a newspaper article that includes an image of him with his family and his 1949 Leaf baseball card. Robin Roberts, as a Yankee, offset-printed photo. Sandy Koufax, in street clothes showing a young boy how to hold a baseball. Jim Bunning, with the Detroit Tigers. Stan Musial, 5” x 7” b&w promotional card for Stan Musial & Biggie’s Restaurant in St. Louis. And Jose Canseco, batting. Ex-m to nm-m.
Winning Bid $25