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Lot 349.  3 Statues – Gartlan Ted Williams, Hartland 1988 Dick Groat and the “Manager.” The 4.75” Williams “The Kid” figure shows damage to the bill of the cap and otherwise is mint. The 7.5” statue of Dick Groat from Harland’s 1988 25th Anniversary edition is a mint beauty in its original decorative box, which is nm+. Williams and Groat are accompanied by a 5.25” tall “Manager” figure produced by Hartland in 2005 as a premium for “Sports Collectors Digest.”
Winning Bid $92     

Lot 377.  Pair of Early, Vintage Photographs – Bill Abstein and HoFer Rabbit Maranville. An original 3.5” x 5” photo from 1907-08 shows Bill Abstein during his time with Providence. Primarily a first baseman, Abstein played briefly for Pittsburgh in 1906. A starter in 1909, he represented the Pirates in the T206 card set. In 1910, he appeared in 25 games for the St. Louis Browns. The second photo is a quality 3” x 4.75” snapshot of Rabbit Maranville from 1927, his first year with the St. Louis Cardinals. Maranville played 23 seasons at second base or shortstop in the N.L. and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1954. The Abstein photo shows a good bit of wear and tear while providing a strong action image; fair to good. The Maranville photo is ex with a very nice appearance and a light crease in the upper right.
Winning Bid $35     

Lot 378.  1910s Type 1 Photo of Pittsburgh’s Babe Adams by Noted Baseball Photographer Paul Thompson. Like Charles Conlon, Thompson was important in the development of baseball photography and its contribution to capturing the sport’s history. After graduating from Yale University in 1901, he joined the staff of the “New York Evening Sun” as a reporter and became sports editor. From 1908-29 in New York City, he owned and managed a business that provided news photographs; baseball was among the topics covered. Thompson was responsible for many of the portraits used in the T205 1911 baseball card set. His photos are infrequently offered. This 6.5” x 8.5” photo of Adams has a stamp on the back that Thompson used primarily in the 1910s. Adams’ uniform and other similar photos indicate the photo is from 1918. There is a chip and a small tear in the upper left corner, a very small chip on the lower left corner and a couple of minor creases. After appearing in one game for St. Louis in 1906, Adams pitched for Pittsburgh in 18 seasons. He won at least 20 games twice and concluded his career with a 194-140 record for a .581 winning percentage.
Winning Bid $83     

Lot 379.  Rabbit Maranville 1921 Photo – with the Image Used for His 1922 E120 Card. The image in this 6.5” x 8.5” sepia photo was used also to produce Maranville’s American Caramel card. A partial caption found on the back of another copy of the photo indicates it is from May 20, 1921. The catcher’s glove and hand in the photo do not appear in the card. Printed on relatively thin photographic paper, the photo has multiple light creases and a couple of heavier corner creases. With a copy of the card, it will make an especially interesting display item. (A photocopy of the card is in our online presentation and will accompany the photo.) Playing second base and shortstop, Walter James Vincent “Rabbit” Maranville had a Hall of Fame career in the 1920s-30s with the Braves, Pirates, Cubs, Robins and Cardinals.
Winning Bid $61     

Lot 380.  Original 1921 Charles Conlon Photograph of "Dots" Miller, Type 1. This photo measures 4.75” x 7.25”. Text on reverse, written in Conlon's hand, notes "Pittsburgh 1909". While Miller did, in fact, play for Pittsburgh in 1909, this photo clearly dates from 1921, the first year that they wore this uniform style. An infielder, primarily at first and second base, Miller played for the Phils only in 1920 and 1921. Conlon’s image of Miller is sharp with excellent contrast. The photo has a vertical light scratch outside Miller’s image and a tiny indentation at the left.
Winning Bid $30     

Lot 381.  5 Vintage 1920s-30s Photos Featuring Pittsburgh Pirates Pitchers. Some uncommon images are among these photos. Four Pittsburgh pitchers appear in a 6” x 8” photo with an Aug. 6, 1931 stamp and a very light International News Photos stamp on the back: Ervin Brame, Glenn Spencer, Larry French and Ray Kremer. Kremer helped the Pirates to become World Champions in 1925 by winning 17 games in the regular season and two more in the World Series. He twice led the N.L. in wins and ERA. The photo has a moderate crease near the lower right corner. Emil Yde is one of four Pirates players in individual photos. A Pittsburgh pitcher 1924-27, he is the subject of a 6.5” x 8.5” photo distributed by Pacific & Atlantic Photos, which placed its stamp on the back. The photo has several light or light-to-moderate creases, primarily in the corners, writing in the left border and a chip in the bottom border. His photos are not abundant. Neither are those of Drew Rader. His photo offered here has been neatly trimmed to create a 6.5” x 4.5” die-cut with scrapbook residue on the back. Several light-to-moderate creases are present. Rader’s MLB career consisted of one game for the Pirates in 1921. He pitched two scoreless innings without a decision. A Sept. 26, 1938 World Wide Photo, 5” x 7”, provides a portrait of Robert Klinger, who pitched for the Pirates from 1938-43. The date is on a caption attached to the back of the photo, which is stamped Oct. 1938. In six seasons with Pittsburgh, Klinger’s record was 62-58 with nine saves and an ERA of 3.74. He lost the 1944 and 1945 seasons to World War II. Primarily a relief pitcher in 10 MLB seasons, five with Pittsburgh, Mace Brown is presented by International News Photos in a vintage 5” x 7” portrait. The photo service’s stamp is on the back, along with stamps for Oct. 1938 and June 4, 1939. The photo has several minor creases.
Winning Bid $68     

Lot 382.  4 George Burke Photos Featuring Vintage Images. Decades after his passing, Burke remains one of the most respected and collected baseball photographers. Three 4" x 6" Burke photos offered here are indexed and stamped on the reverse with his 847 Belmont Avenue address in Chicago. One of the players is Gus Suhr, a first baseman for Pittsburgh 1930-39 and then for Philadelphia in 1939 and 1940. A second, identified as “Ernest Osborne,” appears to be Earnest “Tiny” Osborne, a pitcher for the Cubs 1922-24 and the Brooklyn Robins 1924-25. The third player has the name “Homer Betts” on the back of his photo, which may be inaccurate. These photos have strong images and are nm. A 3.5” x 4.5” photo is stamped on the reverse with Burke's RDM Studio, and on the front, with "Burke and Brace Photo" and a N. Drake Avenue address. The player is Russ Bauers, who pitched for Pittsburgh 1936-41 and was among the N.L.’s better pitchers in 1937 and 1938. Ex. Also, a 3.5” x 5” color photo of Pep Young, an infielder, primarily a second baseman, for the Pirates 1933-40. Ex-m to nm.
Winning Bid $45     

Lot 384.  Pie Traynor Vintage Portrait and Wedding Photo. Harold Joseph “Pie” Traynor had a Hall of Fame playing career with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1920-35. He also managed the team from 1934-39 and appeared in five games in 1937. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1948. A 5” x 7” photo from World Wide Photo, dated Oct. 1, 1938, provides a close-up of the popular Pirate, who became a broadcaster in Pittsburgh after baseball. An attached caption misidentifies Traynor as “Russ Bauers,” a Pittsburgh pitcher. An accompanying Certificate of Authenticity from “The Baltimore Sun” for the “Original Archive Photograph” correctly identifies Traynor. The photo has a light, minor crease. A Jan. 4, 1931 Acme Newspictures photo, 6” x 8”, captures the wedding ceremony of Traynor and Eva L. Helmar in Cincinnati. The minister in the photo is identified, but the bridesmaid is not. The photo has a light horizontal crease toward the bottom. A dated caption is attached to the back, which has a Newspaper Enterprise Association stamp dated Jan. 13, 1931, as well as an Acme Newspictures stamp.
Winning Bid $30     

Lot 386.  Two Vintage Pirates Photos – One of Pie Traynor and Paul Waner, and One of Lloyd Waner. An April 10, 1937 Associated Press photo shows Paul Waner signing his 1937 contract “to end a prolonged holdout” as Traynor, the Pirates’ manager, looks over his shoulder. The 7” x 9” photo has a dated AP caption attached. A date stamp on the back is easily readable, while the Associated Press stamp is extremely light. The photo has moderate creases on the images and heavy creases and a small tear along the right edge. On the back, the 6” x 7” photo of Lloyd Waner is dated Jan. 1967 and marked to occupy three columns. Apparently from an unidentified newspaper, it shows moderate and heavy creases. Traynor and the Waner Brothers are all Hall of Fame members, Traynor inducted in 1948, Paul (“Big Poison”) in 1952 and Lloyd (“Little Poison”) in 1967.
Winning Bid $55     

Lot 387.  Two 1938 Vintage News Photos of Al Todd, Pittsburgh Pirates Catcher. In a 6.5” x 8.5” black & white eye-catching glossy photo from International News Photos, Todd strikes a catcher’s pose in full gear. In a separate 6” x 8” photo from Acme Newsphotos, the veteran catcher looks skyward for a foul ball. Interestingly, both photos are dated Sept. 20, 1938 and have a caption presenting the possibility that Todd would be the Pirates’ catcher in the upcoming World Series with the New York Yankees. On Sept. 20, the Pirates led the Chicago Cubs by 4.5 games. When the two teams began a three-game series on Sept. 17, Pittsburgh still led by 1.5 games. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh fans, Chicago swept the series to take a 1.5-game lead – which increased to 2 games in the season’s final week. And Al Todd never did get to play in a World Series game. The photos are winners, however, with a news service stamp and caption on the back. The International News photo has several small, light creases. The Acme example shows minimal, light edit marks on Todd’s chest protector and around his glove, and a crease and some wrinkling toward the bottom. In 11 MLB seasons with the Phillies, Pirates, Dodgers and Cubs, Todd batted .276 with 35 home runs and 366 RBI. For Pittsburgh in 1937 and 1938, he led N.L. catchers in games caught, batted .307 and .265 respectively and drove in 86 and 75 runs.
Winning Bid $40     

Lot 388.  Original “Sporting News” 1942 Pittsburgh Pirates Team Photo with HoFers. Future Hall of Famer Frankie Frisch was the Pirates’ manager in 1942, and another future HoF member, Al Lopez, was their catcher. The 8” x 10” sepia glossy photo from “The Sporting News” has a 1” moderate crease at the right border and several small, minor creases. It is accompanied by a photocopy that identifies each player.
Winning Bid $35     

Lot 389.  2 Vintage 1940s Photos of Rip Sewell, Pittsburgh Pirates Blooper Pitcher. In his first four seasons with Pittsburgh, 1938-41, Truett Banks “Rip” Sewell won 40 games and lost 32. In December 1941, the big toe that Sewell pitched off was injured and permanently damaged in a hunting accident. As a result, he had to modify his pitching motion, and the result was his famous “blooper” pitch. Outfielder teammate Maurice Van Robays dubbed it the “Eephus pitch,” a designation based on the Hebrew word “efes,” which means “nothing.” With this pitch, which sometimes had an arc of as much as 25 feet, Sewell became one of baseball’s best pitchers. From 1942 through 1945, he won 70 games and lost 45 with season records of 17-15, 21-9, 21-12 and 11-9. He was an All-Star twice and finished as high as sixth in MVP voting. A July 14, 1942 Associated Press Wirephoto shows Sewell and his four-year-old son Jimmy in batting poses. Sewell was a decent hitter who drove in 59 runs during his career. On the back, the 8” x 10.5” photo has “Cleveland News” and July 24, 1942 stamps. It is without a top border and has several light-to-moderate creases. An 8” x 9.5” photo dated June 25, 1943 has Sewell in a pitching pose prior to a game. It has a moderate-to-heavy horizontal crease and several other creases. A caption on the back and a stamp identify the photo as originating with the Associated Press after Sewell had become the N.L.’s first nine-game winner in 1943.
Minimum Bid $30     

Lot 393.  1949 AP Wirephoto of Stan Musial, Ralph Kiner and Enos Slaughter. The caption, which is part of the photo, describes these “Big Three” as having a “chit chat” before a night game in Pittsburgh. The black & white photo, including the caption, is 8” x 10”, has several light-to-moderate creases and displays well. In different decades, all three were inducted into the Hall of Fame – Musial in 1969, Kiner in 1975 and Slaughter in 1985. Musial at #10 and Kiner at #90 made “The Sporting News” 1999 list of Baseball’s 100 Greatest Players.
Winning Bid $25     

Lot 394.  3 1960s Pittsburgh Pirates AP Wirephotos - Murtaugh, Face, Friend, Alley and Cardwell. The size of these photos varies. The size provided includes the caption, which is to the right of the image(s). 1. Elroy Face and Danny Murtaugh, 8” x 10”, June 22, 1961, no creases, Associated Press Wirephoto stamp lightly applied to the back. At this point, Face had walked only one batter while saving eight games, posting a 2-3 record, allowing 31 hits and striking out 14 batters. 2. Bob Friend and Don Cardwell, 6 5/8” x 9 5/8”, March 5, 1963, minor crease on the top edge above Caldwell. These hurlers exhibit different pitching styles. Pittsburgh had recently obtained Cardwell in a trade. 3. Gene Alley, 7.25” x 10”, Sept. 7, 1966, one minor crease, and one minor-to-moderate. Alley was batting .297 and had completed 186 double plays with second baseman Bill Mazeroski.
Minimum Bid $30     

Lot 395.  4 Ralph Kiner Photos – One Marking His 200th Home Run, and Another, His 300th. Two vintage photos each show Kiner with his manager at the time. In a 1950 b&w 7.5” x 8” photo, Kiner receives a handshake from Pittsburgh Pirates manager Bill Meyer after slugging his 200th home run. Dated Aug. 14, 1950, the photo, from the files of “The Cleveland News,” shows editing for publication, especially behind Meyer. It has some light creases and lacks a right border. Fred Haney was the Pirates’ manager when Kiner delivered his 300th home run in 1953. In a May 26 Associated Press Wirephoto, Haney hands Kiner the home run ball. The 8” x 10” photo, including 1.75” for the caption, has the AP stamp on the back, a 0.5” border tear at the top and light creases. In 1952, Kiner became the first player to lead the National League in home runs for seven consecutive seasons. He collected 100, 200 and 300 home runs faster than any other player, including Babe Ruth. His records have since been broken. A May 7, 1949 Acme Telephoto, 7.5” x 8” including the caption, shows Kiner successfully sliding into home at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park. The Phils’ Andy Seminick is also in the photo. Although the Newspaper Enterprise Association stamp on the back is accompanied by a date of May 20, 1949, this photo may have been printed in 1963 or later. The photo has one light, relatively small crease. Kiner is also the subject of an 8” x 10” batting-pose portrait with Forbes Field in the background. The photo is a 1970-80 restrike from a June 4, 1949 UPI negative. Very nice photo. Kiner was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975.
Winning Bid $40     

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