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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     

Lot 465.  Dec. 1925, March 1935 “Baseball Magazine” Issues with Pittsburgh Pirates Covers. Pirates’ manager Bill McKechnie and Washington manager Stanley Harris share the cover of the Dec. 1925 “World’s Champions’ Number” edition. In the photo, Harris congratulates McKechnie after Pittsburgh won the World Series in seven games. Inside, the Series receives extensive coverage. On the inside of the front cover is a reproduction of a J.F. Kernan painting of Christy Mathewson, who had passed away two months earlier. Vg issue with a 2.5” spine split at the top and pages that grade better. A portrait of Paul Waner, the 1934 N.L. batting champion, is the subject of the March1935 cover. “Big Poison” is pictured again in an article on the five top batters in both leagues. The magazine has articles also on Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth and others. Two 1/8” punch holes run through the entire publication, one at the upper right, and the other, at the lower right. Without the punch holes, the magazine would be g-vg with vg-ex pages
Winning Bid $25     

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