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Lot 1.  Get Well Card Signed by Roberto Clemente and 25 Other 1971 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates. Led by Roberto Clemente’s MVP performance, these Pirates defeated the Baltimore Orioles in a seven-game World Series. Their autographs, ranging from ex-m 6 to mint 9 and averaging nm 7 to nm-m 8, extend across two panels of a three-panel 6 1/8” x 11 5/8” card. Two signatures slightly intersect Clemente’s. Six small holes from pins or tacks that once aided its owner in displaying the card affect the “i” in “Mazeroski.” Here is the complete list of signers: Gene Alley, Steve Blass, Nellie Briles, Dave Cash, Roberto Clemente, Gene Clines, Dock Ellis, Dave Giusti, Richie Hebner, Jackie Hernandez, Bob Johnson, Bruce Kison, Milt May, Bill Mazeroski, Bob Miller, Bob Moose, Frank Oceak, Al Oliver, Jose Pagan, Dave Ricketts, Bob Robertson, Manuel Sanguillen, Rennie Stennett, Bob Veale, Bill Virdon and Luke Walker. This affordable, autographed card wonderfully commemorates the Pirates’ fourth World Championship - and a major highlight of Clemente’s career. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs.
Winning Bid $847     

Lot 11.  Pittsburgh Pirates MLB "Cooperstown Teddy" from Cooperstown Bears. Wearing Roberto Clemente’s No. 21 on his jersey, this 58-year-old teddy bear is nm with his original tags and original Certificate of Authenticity in its original envelope in his original box, which has “1962 Pitt Pirates” added to one side. This bear is No. 272 from an edition of 2,500. According to the CoA, “This bear is created in the style of an original turn-or-the-century Teddy – exquisitely reproduced by hand and made to last a lifetime.” The bear sits about 11.5” tall and will make a friendly, cuddly addition to a Pirates or bear collection.
Winning Bid $273     

Lot 18.  Ralph Kiner Autograph and an Editor’s Personal Note to Famous Photographer George Brace. Kiner signed a 6” x 8.5” mimeographed agreement that provides permission to use his photograph in the 1960 issue, Book 1, Volume 1, of “Baseball Confidential,” a publication featuring photos and career statistics of “Baseball’s Greatest Sluggers.” Kiner’s signature is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on the agreement, dated 9-30-1960. His photo is on Page 36 of the “Confidential.” Morton Lowy, editor of the publication, also signed the document. In addition, his signature is inside the front cover of the “Confidential” – at the conclusion of a personal note to Brace, widely known and respected for his baseball photography. From 1929 to 1994, Brace took thousands of photos at Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park. His compilation of baseball photos, considered to be among the best ever assembled, was used in numerous publications. At his passing in 2002, Brace’s daughter noted that “Lou Gehrig loved his photos so much, he'd order hundreds of them.” In Lowy’s note to Brace, he wrote: “To a Grand Guy: George Brace. Dear George: This book could never have been published without you and your photos! Please accept this book with my deepest gratitude and very soon you and I will begin work on book II Baseball’s Greatest Pitchers! Thanks for everything. Your Pal, Mort.” The paperback “Confidential” has a g cover and ex pages.
Winning Bid $50     

Lot 29.  ONL Feeney Baseball Signed by 5 Pirates – Stargell, Parker, Tanner, Haddix and Lonnett. Chuck Tanner, Pittsburgh Pirates manager 1977-85, autographed the sweet spot of this ex-m 6 ball. Willie Stargell signed the south panel; Dave Parker, the north, and Harvey Haddix and Joe Lonnett, the west. The east is personalized “To Tim,” with “Sincerely” added. The ballpoint autographs are nm 7 to nm-m 8 with light or light-to-moderate age or soiling spots behind Parker’s and Stargell’s. Tanner (died 2011) led the Pirates to MLB’s World Championship in 1979. Stargell (d. 2001) was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1988, his first year of eligibility. Parker was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 1984, but off-field issues apparently have limited support for MLB HoF enshrinement. Harvey Haddix (d. 1994) and Joe Lonnett (d. 2011) both served as coaches for Tanner.
Minimum Bid $50     

Lot 35.  Baseballs Single-Signed by 4 MLB Prospects – Meadows, Glasnow, McGuire and Tucker. All four players started their professional careers as Pittsburgh Pirates prospects. Only Cole Tucker remains a Pirate. Only Tyler Glasnow was not a first-round draft choice. Each blue ballpoint signature adorns a baseball’s sweet spot. Austin Meadows has had the most Major League success among these 24-26- year-olds. Last season, as Tampa Bay’s regular right fielder, he was the first of the four to become an All-Star. He finished the season with a 291 batting average, 33 home runs and 89 RBI. His signature is gem mint 10 on a Rawlings Perfect Game ball that is nm 7 to nm-m 8. The ball can be displayed so that a scuff on a panel below the sweet spot does not show. Glasnow, a Tampa Bay teammate of Meadows, had his best MLB season in 2019. The right-handed pitcher won 6 games, lost 1 and had a 2.26 ERA. He signed a mint Official League Rawlings OLB3 baseball and added “24” to his signature. The autograph is clean, complete and somewhat light without skipping or bleeding, ex-m 6 to nm 7. In 2013, the Pirates drafted Reese McGuire, a catcher. Traded to Toronto in 2016, he batted .299 in 97 games for the Blue Jays last year. An Official Minor League O’Conner baseball that shows moderate game use presents McGuire’s nm-m 8 autograph. Drafted by Pittsburgh in 2014, Tucker made his Major League debut on April 20, 2019. A shortstop, he hit .211. He added “1st Round Pick” next to his mint 9 autograph on a gem mint 10 Rawlings Official League ROLB2 baseball.
Winning Bid $50     

Lot 42.  Color Photos Signed by Josh Bell, Gerrit Cole, Starling Marte, Freddy Sanchez and Neil Walker. Mint 9 and gem mint 10 blue sharpie autographs on 8” x 10” photos. All are shown as Pittsburgh Pirates. Bell’s 2019 season with Pittsburgh included 37 home runs, 116 RBI and selection as an All-Star. Cole also was an All-Star - with Houston - for the second consecutive year. He won 20 games while losing only 5. Marte played for Pittsburgh for eight seasons. He was traded to Arizona in January, and to Miami in August. Sanchez was a three-time All-Star second baseman with Pittsburgh 2004-09. He concluded his career with San Francisco last year. Walker played for Pittsburgh from 2009-15 and now is with Philadelphia.
Winning Bid $45     

Lot 43.  18 Different Color Photos, Each Autographed by a 1979 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirate. Mint 9 to gem mint 10 signatures, including Hall of Fame (2011) pitcher Bert Blyleven. Twelve photos are approximately 8” x 10”. The sizes of the others are noted. All of the signatures are in either black or blue sharpie. These Pirates defeated the Baltimore Orioles in seven games. The autographs are by: Matt Alexander, Jim Bibby (died 2010), Bert Blyleven (added “#22” beneath his signature), John Candelaria, Mike Easler, Tim Foli (added “Rom 8:28”), Phil Garner, Grant Jackson, Lee Lacy (added “#17”, 7.75” x 9.75” photo), Bill Madlock (7.75” x 9.75” photo), Omar Moreno (added “18”, 8” x 10.5” photo), Steve Nicosia, Ed Ott (7.75” x 9.5” photo, Dave Parker, Dave Roberts (d. 2009, added “1979 W.S. Champs”), Bill Robinson (d. 2007, 8.5” x 11” photo with border), Jim Rooker (7.5” x 9.75” photo) and Kent Tekulve. The autographs are very strong.
Winning Bid $92     

Lot 48.  9 Baseball-Related Checks Endorsed by Former Pittsburgh Pirates – May, Robinson, Etc. These checks were written on a Major League Baseball Players Assoc. account in April 1980. Each has a stamped signature of Marvin J. Miller on the front. The player signed on the back. The player’s position and year(s) of service with the Pirates are listed after his name: Kurt Bevacqua (infielder, 1974), Clay Carroll (pitcher, 1978), Joseph Coleman (pitcher, 1979), Mike Edwards (second baseman, 1977), Gary Hargis (pinch-runner, 1979), Milton (Milt) May (catcher, 1970-1973), Craig Reynolds (shortstop, 1975-1976), Don Robinson (pitcher, 1978-1987) and Harry Saferight (catcher, 1979). There also is a check to Chuck Hartenstein (pitcher, 1969) signed by his wife. The signatures are generally nm to nm-m. Most of the signatures have been stamped by a bank. The autographs of Reynolds, May, Coleman, Carroll and Bevaqua are unaffected or affected only slightly. The stamps more strongly affect the signatures of Saferight, Robinson and Hargis.
Minimum Bid $25     

Lot 141.  1950s-1960s Pirates Grab Bag – Clemente, Kiner, Mazeroski – 26 Cards, Coins and More! Five Hall of Fame players are represented in the 24 different issues in this type collection, including a scarce 1962 PITTSBURGH EXHIBITS card. Here is the list: 1953 Red Man Tobacco #15N KINER (No Tab) vg. 1956 Topps Pin Long vg. 1960 Fleer #76 P. WANER nm. 1960 Leaf #127 Nelson nm. 1960 Topps #48 Smith ex+ and 258 Groat nm. 1961 Bazooka #8 Groat vg-ex. 1961 Fleer FRISCH ex+. 1961 Kahn’s Wieners Skinner p-f. 1961 Topps #567 Murtaugh All-Star nm. 1961 Topps Stamp Groat vg-ex. 1962 Pittsburgh Exhibits Don Hoak, horizontal example, printed in red and black, ace of diamonds with a photo of Hoak, vg+ to ex. 1962 Post Cereal #171 Hoak vg-ex. 1962 Post Cereal Canadian #169 Stuart vg-ex and 179 Law ex-m. 1962 Topps Hoak stamp nm. 1963 Fleer #57 Face ex+. 1963 Post Cereal #144 Burgess nm. 1963 Salada Coins #16 Groat ex. 1963 Topps #34 Schofield nm. 1964 Kahn’s McBean g-vg. 1964 Topps #163 Clendenon ex-m+. 1964 Topps Coins #143 MAZEROSKI All-Star vg-ex. 1966 East Hills Pirates CLEMENTE vg-ex. 1966 Topps Rub-Offs Veale nm. And 1969 Topps Decal Alou vg-ex. Pittsburgh Exhibits cards are very scarce, and their origin is uncertain. They may have been available in penny arcade vending machines at Kennywood Amusement Park near Pittsburgh. They could have been over-the-counter prizes for a winning gumball from a vending machine in various stores. Boxers, TV and movie cowboys, wrestlers, rock-and-roll-stars, cartoon characters and ballplayers are part of the set.
Winning Bid $125     

Lot 147.  Bill Mazeroski 1958 Hires Root Beer Card #36 with Tab. Mazeroski was a Veterans Committee choice for the Hall of Fame in 2001. Six years earlier, columnist George Will had written: “The exclusion of Mazeroski from Cooperstown is a case of simple discrimination against defensive skills.” The Hires card is vg-ex with a very light crease on the back. The colors remain strong, as does the appearance of the entire card.
Winning Bid $55     

Lot 177.  Roberto Clemente Collection – 9 Cards and a Topps Decal. The advertisement and Clemente’s name have been removed from his 1966 Kahn’s Wieners card. The portion of the card with his photo and facsimile autograph is g-vg. The 1969 Topps decal is g. Clemente’s card from Topps’ 1969 Deckle Edge set is vg and uncommon – it has a blank back. A Hall of Fame Yellow Plaque Postcard of Clemente is g-vg. These collectibles are accompanied by a complete nm-m 1993 City Pride Roberto Clemente set of six cards.
Winning Bid $61     

Lot 182.  24 1968 Topps Cards - 17 High-Grade #198 Roy Face Cards and 7 Other Star Cards. In 1959, Face established a Major League record for the best winning percentage in a single season. His record of 18 wins with only 1 loss, which yields a winning percentage of .949, remains the Major League record 61 years later. The 17 cards of Face are pack-fresh. Each grades, conservatively, ex-m+ or better. Other star cards are: #85 Perry vg-ex, 99 Colavito vg-ex, 372 Brock All-Star g, 378 Gibson All-Star g, 408 Carlton vg, 410 Jenkins vg-ex and 450 Katt vg.
Winning Bid $30     

Lot 241.  5 Different Pittsburgh Forbes Field Circa 1909-1911 Pre-Linen Postcards. All of these postcards have color fronts and divided backs, and all but one are borderless. 1. No. 24777 on the front, aerial view of Forbes Field, “New Base Ball Stadium and Park, Pittsburg, Pa” at the top left on the front, no publisher. Addressed on the back and dated July 27, 1909, but not mailed. Ex-m to nm. 2. No. 2795 on the front, “Entrance to Forbes Field, Pittsburg, Pa.” in the upper left, fans leaving the ball park, no bunting shown. This postcard was postally cancelled on Sept. 21, 1911. G-vg. 3. No. 29048 on the back, aerial view from the outfield with the ball park empty, “Pittsburgh, Pa. Interior, Ball Park.” in the lower left and “Photo Copyrighted 1909 by Pittsburgh Athletic Co.” at the lower right. The R. W. Johnston Studios Inc., of Pittsburgh issued the postcard, which was printed in Germany. The card was addressed but not mailed. G-vg with a chipped upper right corner. 4. No. A65513 on the back, “Entrance to Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pa.” in the lower left border, published by Robbins & Son of Pittsburgh. The photo shows a few fans waiting to enter the park and a newsboy. Unused and vg+ to ex. 5. No. 24789, essentially the same photo as A65513 above, “Forbes Field, Champion Pirates’ Base Ball Park, Pittsburg, Pa.” across the top and centered to the left. Unused and ex-m.
Winning Bid $55     

Lot 285.  1943 Program for the Comedians vs. Leading Men “World’s Funniest Baseball Game.” Benefitting Mount Sinai Hospital and Clinic in Los Angeles, this event was staged on Oct. 10 at Wrigley Field. The 12-page program contains six pages of photos, including Xavier Cugat, Spike Jones, Veronica Lake, Deanna Durbin, Dorothy Lamour, Buster Keaton, Milton Berle, Dick Powell, Mary Pickford, Red Skelton, Joe E. Brown, Fred MacMurray and John Wayne. Vg with splits of about one inch at the top and bottom of the spine and “Remember this?” added to the front cover. MB $15.
Winning Bid $25     

Lot 288.  Program, Ticket Stub for the May 21, 1944 Philadelphia at Pittsburgh Game. The black-on-green ticket, which features a Pirates’ mascot on the front, is clean and free of creases. Ex+. The back of the program has been affixed to a scrapbook page. The front cover promotes War Bonds. The 16-page program shows pre-printed lineups and has been scored in pencil. Except for the gluing of the back cover, the program is vg. The Pirates won this game, 4-3. The program includes a photo of Bob Prince, then a local sportscaster who joined the Pirates’ radio broadcast team in 1948. Among the Pirates pictured are Frankie Frisch and Preacher Roe.
Winning Bid $40     

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