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Pittsburgh Pirates Collectibles

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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     


Lot 396.  7 1950s Pirates Vintage Photos – Groat, Rickey, Klu, Murtaugh, Swan Lake(?!) and More. Photos from various news services make up this black & white collection. 1. Branch Rickey, Pirates chairman, with Bob Friend and Dick Groat, titled “Sage Advice,” 7” x 9”, March 29, 1957 from World Wide Photo, caption attached to the back, which has a World Wide Photo stamp. Some light-to-moderate creases. The caption describes Rickey as “a grand old man of the game” with “one of the keenest minds in baseball” and “father of the game’s farm system.” 2. Danny Murtaugh as successor to Bobby Bragan as manager of the Pirates, three images, 8” x 10” with caption, Aug. 5, 1957, Associated Press Wirephoto stamp on the back, several relatively light horizontal creases. Subsequently, Murtaugh led Pittsburgh to World Championships in 1960 and 1971. 3. Don Hoak diving for a Don Blasingame grounder, 8” x 10” sepia photo, Aug. 20, 1959 caption and an AP Wirephoto stamp on the back, 1.5” tear at the top, light creases plus one moderate and one heavy crease toward separate corners. 4. Ted Kluszewski, 7” x 10” sepia photo including a caption as part of the photo, June 18, 1959, AP Wirephoto, several light creases. Three images show Klu scoring while colliding with Chicago Cubs catcher Sam Taylor. 5. Dale Long, 6” x 8” borderless photo, June 5, 1956, AP Wirephoto stamp and caption on the back, small light creases, one moderate. The photo commemorates Long’s record-setting performance between May 19 and May 28, 1956. In that period, he hit a home run in eight consecutive games, a record since tied by Ken Griffey, Jr. and Don Mattingly. Long played first base for the Pirates from 1955-57. 6. Bob Skinner and Ed Bressoud, 7” x 9” including caption, June 11, 1958 UPI Telephoto, blank back, a couple of minor, very light creases. Giants’ second baseman Bressoud receives the ball as Skinner slides toward second base. 7. A United Press Association 7” x 9” photo from March 11, 1956, with an attached caption headlined “Can This Be ‘Swan Lake’.” The photo has several minor creases. With Roy Welch, a Pirates coach, leading them, players “perform pirouettes with grace during the morning session of calisthenics” at spring training in Fort Myers, FL. The players shown appear to include Curt Roberts, Vernon Law and Danny Kravitz. A United Press Association stamp is on the photo’s back.
Winning Bid $40     


Lot 397.  2 Pittsburgh Pirates 1960 World Series Photos and 2 More from the Championship Season. 1. World Series Game 1, Oct. 5, 1960, Vernon Law about to be tagged out by New York’s Moose Skowron after accomplishing a sacrifice bunt. Duke Maas, Yankees pitcher, is also in the 8” x 10” photo, including caption. Pittsburgh won, 6-4. This AP Wirephoto from Forbes Field in Pittsburgh has several minor creases. 2. Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh alone in the dugout as his team loses, 16-3, in World Series Game 2 on Oct. 6, 1960 in Pittsburgh. The UPI Telephoto is 7” x 9” including a brief caption and exhibits one moderate and two light creases. The UPI stamp is on the back. 3. May 5, 1960 UPI 7” x 9” photo with Pittsburgh’s Don Hoak tagging out Chicago’s Bob Will. Several creases, light or light-to-moderate, UPI stamp on the back along with the caption. 4. Associated Press 8” x 10” Wirephoto of Pirates’ second baseman Bill Mazeroski and infielder Dick Schofield. This photo, which has an AP stamp on the back, is undated, but copies with a caption were dated 9/8/60. It provides outstanding images and has a small corner crease.
Winning Bid $45     


Lot 398.  170 Team-Issued or Jay Publishing 1950s-60s Photos of Baseball Players, Managers and Coaches. Six teams are represented in this collection, the Astros, the Braves of Atlanta and Milwaukee, the Dodgers of Los Angeles, the Pirates and the Twins. Photos are black & white unless otherwise noted. Here is the list: ASTROS (10 photos), 3.5” x 5”: Jesus Alou, Bergman, Durocher, Edwards, Forsch, Griffin, Larry Howard, Milbourne, Joe Niekro and York. Ex-m overall. BRAVES, Atlanta (20), 8” x 10”, apparent team issues, two different groups: Apparently 1966, 5 glossy photos, Felipe Alou, Bolling, Carroll, Carty and Mathews. Vg-ex. Early 1970s, 15, apparently offset-print photos on semi-glossy stock, Aaron vg+ to ex, Garrido, Jackson, Jarvis, King, Lum, Mathews ex+, McQueen, Millan, Nash, Phil Niekro, Reed. Stone, Tillman and Wilhelm. Vg-ex to ex. BRAVES, Milwaukee (1), 8” x 10”: Crandall. Vg-ex. DODGERS (79), 5” x 7”: Red Adams (2 different), Alston, Auerbach, Carroll Beringer, Brewer (2 diff.), Buckner (2 diff.), Cey (2 diff.), Crawford (2 diff.), Cruz, Willie Davis, Downing, Fairly, Ferguson (2 diff.), Alan Foster, Gabrielson, Garvey (3 diff.) 2 nm and 1 ex-m, Gilliam, Grabarkewitz, Hough, Hunt, John (2 diff.), Lou Johnson, Joshua, Kennedy, Kosco, Lacy, Lamb, Lasorda, Jim Lee, Lefebvre, Lopes (2 diff.), Marshall, McMullen, Messersmith (2 diff), Mikkelsen, Michael, Bob Miller, Moeller, Mota, Norman, Osteen, Ozark, Paciorek (2 diff.), Parker, Popovich, Rau (2 diff.), Rickert, Frank Robinson ex-m, Roseboro, Russell (2 diff.), Singer, Sims, Sizemore, Stinson, Sudakis, Sutton (3 diff.) all ex-m, Valentine, Vance, Wilhelm, Wills (2 diff.) both nm+ and Yeager (2 diff.). Ex-m overall. PIRATES (20), Jay Publishing, early 1960s, 5” x 7”: Burgess (2 diff.), Clendenon, Face (2 diff.), Friend (2), Groat, Haddox (Haddix), Hoak, Law (2 diff.), Mazeroski (2 diff.), Murtaugh (2 diff.), Skinner, Stuart and Virdon (2 diff.). Ex to ex-m. TWINS (41), 4” x 5”: Allen (2 diff.) Allison, Baker, Banks, Battey (2 diff.), Bonikowski, Fosnow, Goryl, Grant, Green, Griffith, Hall, Kaat (3 diff.) 2 ex-m, 1 ex, Killebrew vg-ex, Kindall, Kostro, Lentz, Maranda, Martinez, McCabe, Mele, Mincher, Moore, Naragon, Pascual, Jim Perry, Pleis, Power, Roggenburk, Roland, Rollins, Stigman, Tuttle, Versalles, Worthington and Zimmerman. Vg-ex to ex overall. Also, Jay Publishing, 5” x 7”, Killebrew, ex.
Winning Bid $225     


Lot 401.  Impressive, Strong 1971 Image of Roberto Clemente. The future Hall of Fame outfielder smiles broadly in this wonderful 5” x 9” black & white photo after belting a walk-off home run to give his Pittsburgh Pirates a 2-1 victory in 17 innings against San Diego. The marathon competition took place on July 16, 1971 at Three Rivers Stadium. (Printing on the back of the photo incorrectly lists the final score as 4-3.) The victory was one of 97 that placed the Pirates first in the N.L. East Division at season’s end. After eliminating the San Francisco Giants in four NLCS games, they required seven games, one in extra innings, to claim the World Championship in a series with Baltimore. Clemente was voted the Series MVP. Close-up, this photo shows several small, extremely light creases. At a standard distance, it displays magnificently and is among the most attractive images of Clemente ever captured by any camera.
Winning Bid $225     


Lot 404.  190 Pittsburgh Pirates 1970s-80s Photos – Blyleven, Gossage, Parker, Etc. These 8” x 10” black & white photos have the Pirates wearing their pillbox caps in team-issued photos, which were often used for promotional purposes. The collection includes Bert Blyleven (2), Goose Gossage and Dave Parker (2). Seventy-five different players are represented. Almost 100 of the photos, from 1982-88, have two images – an action photo and a portrait. More than 80 photos are portraits dated 1977-88. These photos generally are nm. Nice collection.
Winning Bid $75     


Lot 464.  8 Signed Photos with a Pittsburgh Connection –1 Baseball and 7 Football Autographs. All of the photos are color 8 x 10s, nm-m or better. The lone baseball signer is Pedro Alvarez, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ third baseman from 2010-14 and their first baseman in 2015. In 2013, he led the N.L. in home runs, was an All-Star and received a Silver Slugger award. His autograph is nm-m 8 to mint 9. All but one of the football autographs are by Pittsburgh Steelers. The exception is LaVar Arrington, a star linebacker for the Washington Redskins. A linebacker and running back during his senior year at North Hills High School near Pittsburgh, Arrington was one the nation’s top players. He was named the 1996 “Parade” National Player of the Year, the Bobby Dodd National High School Back of the Year, the “Gatorade” Player of the Year and “USA Today” Pennsylvania Player of the Year. Subsequently at Penn State, he was a two-time first-team All-American and, in 1999, received the Butkus, Bednarik and Lambert Awards. His autograph is strong on a partially dark background, nm 7 to nm-m 8. Steelers’ autographs are by: Cam Heyward, one of the team captains and a four-time Pro Bowl selection at defensive end. Earl Holmes, a linebacker, 1996-2001. Chris Hoke, a defensive lineman, 2001-11. Carnell Lake, a four-time Pro-Bowl safety, 1989-98. And Shaun Suisham, the Steelers’ 2010-15 placekicker with holder (and punter) Jeremy Kapinos (2010-12) in two different photos. The Steelers’ autographs are nm-m 8 and better. Heyward’s is mint 9 to gem mint 10. The signed photos are accompanied by an 8” x 10” color photo of the 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates team. Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell are in the photo.
Winning Bid $25     




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