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Lot 292.  Pittsburgh Baseball Club “Pirate Knot Hole Club” 1953 Season Pass. The front of the pass, numbered “30814,” features the Pirates’ early 1950s logo and the facsimile signature of John W. Galbreath, team president. The owner’s name is lightly written on in pencil, and “715” has been added in pen as the “Agency No.” Conditions for using the pass are on the back. Vg.
Winning Bid $25     


Lot 294.  1960 Pittsburgh Pirates at New York Yankees World Series Program. A team photo of the 1960 American League champions spreads across the front and back covers of this 52-page unscored program. Individual players’ photos with brief biographical sketches are presented inside for both teams. In this series, the Yankees outscored the Pirates, 53-27, and New York’s Bobby Richardson was named the series MVP. Nevertheless, Bill Mazeroski’s 9th inning walk-off home run of Game 7 made the Pirates World Champions. Vg+ cover with ex pages.
Winning Bid $185     


Lot 295.  Full Unused Ticket from a May 30, 1962 Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Game. This ticket for Field Box 48 Row AA Seat 4 is part of a season ticket package (as indicated on the front of the ticket). Roberto Clemente collected three hits, Dick Stuart drove in two runs and Smoky Burgess sent another runner home as the Pirates defeated the Cardinals in this game, 3-1. Earl Francis was the winning pitcher. The ticket, made from relatively thin paper, is clean and vg-ex.
Winning Bid $20     


Lot 299.  1971 Baltimore at Pittsburgh World Series Game 4 Ticket Stub – for the First Series Night Game. A program is also included. The Pirates defeated the Orioles to capture baseball’s 1971 world championship in seven games. One of the victories came in Game 4 on Oct. 13 when the two teams met at Three Rivers Stadium in baseball’s first World Series game at night. Pittsburgh came from behind to win 4-3, with Bob Robertson scoring the winning run on a pinch-hit single by Milt May. The ticket stub is vg with the rain check almost detached. Pages 32-40 are missing from the 72-page program, which otherwise has an f-g cover and vg pages.
Winning Bid $35     


Lot 300.  1979 Pittsburgh Pirates World Series Ticket Stub and 1970, 1971 NLCS Stubs. The 1979 Pirates defeated Baltimore in seven games to capture the World Championship. Willie Stargell was the MVP. The stub for Game 3 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh is g-vg with a crease, two holes from a staple and a name printed on the back. Baltimore won this game, 8-4. The 1970 National League Championship Series stub is for Game 1 in Pittsburgh. The Cincinnati Reds defeated Pittsburgh, 3-0 in 10 innings, after Gary Nolan of the Reds and Dock Ellis of the Pirates each pitched nine scoreless innings. The Reds swept the series in three games. The stub is vg+ to ex. The 1971 stub, f-g, is for Game 4 in Pittsburgh with San Francisco. The Pirates beat the Giants 9-5 to end the series. They then went on to beat Baltimore in the World Series.
Winning Bid $25     


Lot 326.  Framed Honus Wagner Vintage Ad and Facsimile Signature. An advertisement for Bradley Knit Wear features an excellent portrait of Wagner by American illustrator J. F. Kernan, who specialized in portraits and scenes representing middle-class life. From 1910-40, his works appeared on the covers of “The Saturday Evening Post,” “Collier’s,” “Outdoor Life” and other popular magazines. The ad contains a quote attributed to Wagner mentioning Ty Cobb. Beneath the ad is Wagner’s facsimile signature. The ad itself, which has a ½” edge tear, a corner crease and an area of very light soiling, is approximately 6 ¼” x 9 ¼”. It has been professionally matted and framed to 13 5/8” x 18 ¼”. A “Baseball Magazine” premium with this same portrait sold for $450
Winning Bid $185     


Lot 328.  3 1910-30s Ads Featuring Pittsburgh Pirates Including the Waner Brothers. A 6.5” x 9.5” page from a 1910 issue of “Baseball Magazine Advertiser offers a 30” x 9” Photogravure Picture of the “World’s Champions” Pirates team. Although Pittsburgh won the 1909 World Series, the ad promotes “The World’s Champions 1910.” The photo shows “the Entire Team – Twenty-five Players in all.” The left border of the page has two chips approximately ½” each, a third about 1/16” and a ½” tear. Matted and framed, the page would display well. Pirates’ catcher George Gibson is featured in a 1910 Coca-Cola ad on newsprint. The 5.25” x 6.75” has been matted to 8” x 10.” It recognizes the Pittsburgh catcher this way: “George Gibson of the Pittsburg Nationals (Champions of the World) led the League as catcher with a percentage of .983 and caught more games than any other catcher last year.” In return for a 2-cent stamp, the ad offer “our booklet ‘The Truth About Coca-Cola’ and the Coca-Cola Baseball Record Book for 1910.” Besides baseball information, the premium “contains the famous poem ‘Casey at the Bat’.” The ad, which includes an illustration of Gibson, has an ex-m appearance. A third ad promotes the 1930s “Waners’ Baseball Game.” Along with the game, both Paul and Lloyd Waner are pictured in the ad, which is framed to 9.5” x 12.25.” The ad sells the game this way, for $1.50: “Boys-It’s Here….a Real Indoor Baseball Game! Waners’ Baseball Game…Fascinating, Educational, Easy to Play-Loads of Fun.” As framed, the ad has an ex-m+ appearance.
Winning Bid $61     


Lot 345.  1950s-1960s Pittsburgh Pirates Beanie. Made with a green felt-like material, the beanie features an uncommon pirate with a patch over his right eye and a dagger in his teeth. A gold stripe creates a border at the bottom of the beanie, which has several small stains. The Pirates logo and the beanie itself display well.
Winning Bid $45     


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 348.  17 ½” x 22 ½” Cardboard Poster with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 1959 Home Schedule. The poster in red ink on a white background provides a detailed interior view of Forbes Field’s seating options. It also presents the team’s schedule of 1959 home games. The top of the poster advertises “Martinellis – Sportsmen’s Headquarters Restaurant-Hotel” north of Pittsburgh. The poster also promotes the “Tuesday, July 7 Major League All Star Game at Forbes Field.” It has a ½” chip on the right border and a moderate amount of creasing and soiling on the front and blank back. This 61-year-old relic of a distant era would look great if matted and framed for display.
Winning Bid $35     


Lot 349.  2 Pittsburgh Pirates Glasses – One from the 1960 Championship Season. Both glasses display a logo that the Pirates began using in 1934. Generally, it was discontinued in 1957. Nevertheless, the logo in white is one side of a cocktail or lowball glass with “Pittsburgh” above. The opposite side proclaims “World Champions 1960.” Baseball stitching is on both sides. A tumbler 5 1/8” tall displays a larger version of the same logo in black and red with “Pirates” in bold red letters beneath. Both glasses are mint.
Winning Bid $20     


Lot 360.  1939, 1941 Newspaper File Photos of Paul and Lloyd Waner. In an 8” x 9” photo from an unidentified newspaper dated May 15, 1941, the Waner brothers, as Pittsburgh Pirates, look out from a dugout. They play cards in a 6.5” x 8.5” Philadelphia Record photo from Sept. 1, 1939. The 1941 photo shows newspaper editing which indicates that the newspaper used only Paul’s image. A caption on the back simply says “Paul Waner - An ex-Dodger, who soon may be a Phil.” Near the end of his career, Waner was released by the Pirates at the end of the 1940 season. He signed with the Dodgers Jan. 31, 1941, and they released him on May 11. Instead of joining the Phils, however, Waner signed with the Boston Braves on May 24. Editing aside, the photo is ex with a couple of small edge creases. The 1939 photo has newspaper edit marks, primarily at the edges, and a filing label. They could by matted out in displaying the photo, which is technically g-vg but looks better. The photo as used in the newspaper and a caption are on the back. Both Waners had Hall of Fame careers as outfielders. Paul was inducted at Cooperstown in 1952, and Lloyd, in 1967.
Winning Bid $273     


Lot 385.  Extensive Pittsburgh Pirates Autograph, Pennant, Card, Yearbook and Memorabilia Collection. Pittsburgh Pirates Autograph, Pennant, Card, Yearbook and Memorabilia Collection. This diverse collection contains numerous items to decorate a family or other room in the house of an avid Pirates fan. 1. PENNANTS: Two full-sized pennants, each with the Pirate mascot logo used from 1967-87. One 1970s pennant promotes Nickles Bread. It has characteristics of Pirates’ pennants from 1971 and 1979 - the mascot, Three Rivers Stadium and “Pittsburgh Pirates” in two type styles. G, tip very slightly clipped. The second pennant is similar to the first, but it depicts a batter and the mascot; the stadium is absent. G-vg, soiling, several tack holes, creases and an intact tip. 2. AUTOGRAPHS: 17 autographs, various media. Baseballs are single-signed by - Zack Duke (added “57”, mint 9 Rawlings CROLB Official League ball, nm-m 8 to mint 9 autograph); Willie Stargell (died 2001; mint 9 Official Dina-Mated League ball, vg 3 to vg-ex 4 smudged signature); and Jim Tracy (added “23”, mint 9 Rawlings CROLB OL ball, nm-m 8 to mint 9 autograph). Three 8” x 10” color photos are autographed, one each by Bob Friend (died 2019; nm 7 to nm-m 8 signature), Al Mochak (d. 2015, gem mint 10) and Joe Lonnettt (d. 2011, gem mint 10. Three different 8 ½” x 11” photos have an autograph. Bill Mazeroski signed a b&w composite photo with scenes from his historic walk-off home run in 1960 World Series Game 7. His autograph is large and bold, gem mint 10. The other signatures, on color photos, are by Mike Easler (added “Hit Man”, mint 9 to gem mint 10 signature) and Omar Moreno (added “18”, mint 9 to gem mint 10). John Candelaria, Elroy Face, Grant Jackson and Vernon Law (added “C.Y. 1960”) each signed a 4” x 6 ½” team-issued card with his photo; mint 9 to gem mint 10. Steve Blass autographed a 3 ½” x 5” b&w card; nm 7 to nm-m 8 signature. Three team-issued 3 ¾” x 5 ¼” black & white cards have facsimile signatures: Ed Kirkpatrick, Jerry Reuss and Jim Rooker. In addition, a 1963 Pirates yearbook is signed on the front cover by John Candelaria, Grant Jackson and PITTSBURGH STEELERS Hall of Famer cornerback Mel Blount, who added “HOF 89.” Mint 9. 3. YEARBOOKS: 1973 yearbook, 64 pages loaded with photos, including Clemente, Mazeroski and Stargell. G cover, vg+ to ex pages. 1975 yearbook, 64 pages with a “Removable Pirate Historical Calendar” that has not been removed. Vg cover, vg-ex to ex pages. 4. SCOREBOOKS or PROGRAMS: Two from 1972 and one from 1980. One 1972 scorebook is for a game with Philadelphia, ex, and the other, for a game with San Diego, vg-ex. Drawings of Pirates players, including Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell, are on the covers. The 50-page 1980 scorebook has the “Pittsburgh Pirates World Champions 1979” flag on the g cover; ex pages. 5. MAGAZINES or TABLOIDS: June 1952 “Sport,” Ralph Kiner cover, vg cover, ex pages. Sept. 1971 “All-Star Sports,” Willie Stargell and Rust Staub cover, g cover, ex pages. 1991 “Street & Smith’s Baseball,” Doug Drabek cover, vg cover, ex pages. Feb. 28, 1970 “The Sporting News,” stunning Roberto Clemente cover portrait, tear on the back cover, otherwise ex. 6. COCA-COLA COLLECTOR CUPS: Four cups, each with an artists’ drawing of a 1950s-60 Pirates player - Roberto Clemente, Dick Groat, Vernon Law and Bill Mazeroski. Ex-m. 7. Cloth “Let’s Go Bucs! GREEN WEENIE with a filled flexible interior. 8. BOBBLE HEADS: Two, Ryan Doumit and Al Oliver in the original boxes. Both were PNC Park promotions. 9. PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE “’73 PIRATE ALBUM” photos with biographical information. Twenty-two players from a set of 24 - Alley, Blass, Cash, Clines, Davalillo, Ellis, Giusti, Hebner, J. Hernandez, R. Hernandez, Johnson, Kison, May, Miller, Oliver, Robertson, Sands, Sanguillen, Stargell, Stennett, Virdon and Walker. Clipped from the newspaper, f-vg. 10. “UPPER DECK HEROES of BASEBALL All-Star Game July 11, 1994,” 17 sheets the same on card stock promoting the 1994 All-Star game and featuring artwork of Steve Garvey, Reggie Jackson, Bill Mazeroski, Willie Stargell and Chuck Tanner. Nm. 11. 1994 “The Summit Collection” ROBERTO CLEMENTE unsigned set of 5 cards with a Certificate of Authenticity. These cards, by The Trading Card Company, Inc., present beautifully in a large holder and appear to be nm-m. 12. “BUCS ARE CHAMPS” 1960 Pittsburgh newspaper. This Oct. 14 Souvenir Edition of the “Pittsburgh Post-Gazette” celebrates Bill Mazeroski’s World Series winning home run the day before. It has a photo of Mazeroski preparing to cross home plate. With some relatively minor chips and tears, the newsprint stock is showing its age but it remains delightfully displayable. This collection has significant break-up potential, especially with our starting bid of less than $1 per item!
Winning Bid $168     


Lot 449.  1908 “Greater Pittsburg” Photo Book with a Full-Page Photo of Exposition Park. Before PNC Park, Three Rivers Stadium and Forbes Field, the Pittsburgh Pirates played at Exposition Park. They began playing there in 1882 when they were known as the Alleghenys, and the park remained their home until the opening of Forbes Field in 1909. This 8” x 10” book presents black & white photos highlighting the sights of greater Pittsburgh on 48 pages. The Exposition Park photo, taken from the outfield, shows a game in progress as fans watch from the grandstands. A caption below the photo tells readers that “Pittsburgh enjoys an enviable record in the world of sport. The city is represented by a clever team of expert base ball players, three times champion of the National League.” Other photos in the publication, from L. H. Nelson Co. of Portland, ME, show city buildings, steel mills, river barge traffic, schools, churches, bridges, residences, Carnegie Libraries and structures in nearby Braddock, McKeesport and Uniontown. A two-page center spread provides a panoramic view of Schenley Park. Three folios at the center of the softcover book are separated for the staples. Otherwise, the book is complete and intact with a g cover with several relatively heavy creases and vg+ to ex pages.
Winning Bid $61     


Lot 454.  6 Putnam N.L. Team Histories – Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Pirates, Reds. Each of these hardback books, published in the 1940s and 1950s by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, chronicles a team’s history in an informative and entertaining manner and features photos of notable players. One book is by Lee Allen, “Cincinnati Inquirer” sportswriter and Baseball Hall of Fame historian; one by Warren Brown, Knute Rockne friend and biographer and HoF inductee as a sportswriter; two by Frank Graham, New York sportswriter, Lou Gehrig biographer and HoF members as a writer; and two by Frederick G. Lieb, prolific writer and the first sportswriter inducted into the HoF. Three of the books – on the Cardinals, Dodgers and Pirates – have a name and address stamped on the flyleaf. The six books are: “The St. Louis Cardinals: The Story of a Great Baseball Club,” 1945 with 218 pages, vg-ex book, vg price-clipped dust jacket; “The Chicago Cubs,” 1946, dedicated to “P. K. Wrigley and the World’s Championship yet to come,” 248 pages, foxing on end pages, ex book, vg edges-clipped dust jacket; “The Brooklyn Dodgers: An Informal History,” 1945 with 248 pages, ex book, dust jacket f+, inside corners clipped and upper front corner missing; “The New York Giants: An Informal History,” 1952 with 308 pages, ex to ex-m with light foxing inside the covers and on the end pages, g+ dust jacket; “The Pittsburgh Pirates,” 1948 with 299 pages, vg-ex book, g-vg dust jacket with inside edges clipped; and “The Cincinnati Reds,” 1948 with 302 pages, ex book with some foxing on the first several pages, vg+ to ex dust jacket with inside corners clipped. Except for the book on the Cardinals, all of these books are apparent first editions. They are six of the eight books in the classic Putnam Series on National League teams.
Winning Bid $55     




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