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The Starting 11 Plus 1

  12 Lots      




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 2.  Outstanding Mickey Mantle Autograph Authenticated by JSA and Kevin Keating. Mantle’s unimprovable gem mint 10 blue-Sharpie signature extends for 4.5” across his shoulders in this 8.5” x 11” magazine photo. The magazine page notes Mantle’s 1974 election to the Baseball Hall of Fame and provides a brief summary of his illustrious career. It has a slightly irregular right border, which could easily be matted out. JSA Certification Number Z16305 is applied, and a JSA Letter of Authenticity accompanies the photo. Kevin Keating has also approved the autograph.
Winning Bid $163     


Lot 3.  President Gerald R. Ford Autograph and a Photograph of His High School Football Team. The sepia photo 7.5” x 14.25” photo shows Ford, who is identified in the caption, with his 1929 Grand Rapids South High School teammates. A junior in 1929, Ford was named team captain, apparently for the 1930 season, when he was selected for the All-City Team of the Grand Rapids City League. Printed on relatively thin lightly coated paper, the photo appears to be vintage. It has 0.5” tear at the right edge and otherwise displays as ex. The blank reverse shows light soiling and a small scuff. Ford’s autograph is mint 9 on an unlined 3” x 5” index card tailored for collecting autographs and player information. Ford played center, linebacker and long snapper at the University of Michigan, where he helped the team to win two national championships and was its MVP in 1934. He played in the East-West Shrine Game in 1935 and was a member of the 1935 College All-Star Team. Ford earned a bachelor of arts in economics at Michigan and then a law degree at Yale, where he graduated in the top third of his class. He served as U.S. President from Aug. 9, 1974-Jan. 20, 1977 after President Richard Nixon resigned. Ford died in 2006. Matted and framed, the photo and autograph will make an outstanding display and conversation piece.
Winning Bid $77     


Lot 4.  George Allen Autographed Book, “The Future is Now” - Scarce Autograph. The Hall of Fame NFL coach signed the flyleaf boldly in black ink. His large gem mint 10 signature, personalized “To Dale,” is preceded by “good luck” and followed by the date he signed, “Sept. 3rd 1977.” William Gildea and Kenneth Turan wrote the 318-page 1972 book, which they subtitled “George Allen: Football’s Most Controversial Coach.” Published by Houghton Mifflin, the book is ex+ with a vg dust jacket. Allen coached in the NFL from 1957 to 1977. He served as head coach of the Los Angeles Rams from 1966-70 and of the Washington Redskins from 1971-77. Typically, his teams finished first or second in their conference or division. They never had a losing season. His 1972 Redskins reached Super Bowl VII but lost to the Miami Dolphins, 14-7. At his retirement, his NFL winning percentage of .681 was exceeded only by Vince Lombardi’s .736 and John Madden’s .731. Allen died in 1990 at the age of 72. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. Kevin Keating authenticated Allen’s autograph, which is scarce.
Winning Bid $92     


Lot 5.  1930s Pie-Eyed Mickey Mouse Baseball Catcher Bisque. Standing about 3 1/8” tall, this figurine has “Walt E. Disney” and “Mickey Mouse” impressed on Mickey’s shorts and “Made in Japan” on the backs of his shoes. Mickey retains 85% - 90% of his paint. This sports example is perhaps the most desirable of the Mickey Mouse bisques.
Minimum Bid $100     


Lot 6.  April 1934 Luick Dairy “Mickey Mouse Magazine” Baseball Issue. This publication brings together two icons of American entertainment - baseball and Mickey Mouse. Its 16 pages, each 5 ¼” x 7 ¼”, are loaded with images of Mickey, Minnie and cartoon and human friends. In one article, Mickey is pictured with Bill Terry and Carl Hubbell. Another article is attributed to Walt Disney, creator of the mouse that had made his historic film debut in “Steamboat Willie” 5 years and 5 months earlier. Printed in red and black, the magazine covers are split along the spine and have been re-stapled. Otherwise, the publication is vg-ex, with a small stain in the upper right corner of some pages. It was printed on decent paper stock, and the pages are white to off-white. The Luick Dairy served the Milwaukee area, and its milk is liberally promoted in the magazine, which was edited by Hal Horne, a publicist for United Artists.
Winning Bid $85     


Lot 7.  17 Different Pre-War Baseball Cards. These cards span 1900-1940: 1900 T203 Mayo’s Baseball Comics, 2 cards, “Rooting for the Home Team” vg and “Strike One” p-f. 1906 Fan Craze-National League Lundgren (a small amount of paper loss on the back; otherwise) g-vg. 1911 T201 Mecca Double Folders, Cole/Kling f-g. 1922 E121 American Caramel Zeb Terry g-vg. 1919-21 W514 #111 Vaughn vg-ex. 1926-27 W512, 3 cards, #8 Frisch (St. Louis N.L) f-g, 9 Hornsby f and 10 Vance (border trimmed; otherwise) vg-ex. 1927 W560 (2), Bush ex and Cuyler vg-ex. 1934 Goudey (2), #3 Grimm vg and 4 English vg. 1934-36 Diamond Stars (2), #34 Hack vg and 52 Stainback vg-ex. 1936 S and S Game, Hack f-g. And 1940 Play Ball #89 Jurges vg-ex.
Winning Bid $138     


Lot 8.  1952 Topps Look ‘N See Near Set – 107 of 135. The cards include #1 Franklin Roosevelt vg, 2-14, 16-29, 30 Lindbergh vg-ex, 31-44, 45 Earhart vg-ex, 46-52, 54-69, 72, 74, 76-81, 83, 85, 87, 89-91, 93-95, 97-100, 102, 104, 105, 107, 109-111, 113-117, 120, 123, 124, 127, 128, 130 and 131. The complete grade breakdown is - Ex: 21 cards. Vg-ex: 61. Vg: 17. G: 8.
Winning Bid $200     


Lot 9.  Original Charles M. Conlon Photo of Dizzy Dean. This exceptional 8” x 10” b&w photo shows Dean pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals. On the back is this stamp: “Charles M. Conlon photographer for Spalding’s Guide and Baseball Magazine.” Vg+ to ex with some corner and edge creases.
Winning Bid $592     


Lot 10.  1950s “PREMIERE Gum and Card Vendor” Vending Machine. This vintage machine dispensed gumballs and cards in the 1950s. It measures 13” x 12 ¾” x 5 ½”. The two glass panels displaying the cards are intact, as is the center glass panel. The baseball cards pictured are included. The machine shows light wear with some nicks in the paint and minor oxidation on the silver parts. Well over 95% of the paint is present. It is in good working order. A key that provides access to the machine’s interior is present. Text says “Premiere Ball Gum and Card 1 cent.”
Winning Bid $1,367     


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 12.  Very Rare “Wehman’s Book on the Art and Science of Boxing and Self Defence." Published in New York by Henry J. Wehman, this 1892 softcover is subtitled “Together with a Concise History of the Noted Pugilists and Boxers of America and Europe.” It contains 87 pages of text and another 31 pages advertising other books published by Wehman, one of the leading publishers of the era. Various boxing tactics are described and illustrated with drawings. The book contains biographical sketches of numerous boxers, such as John C. Heenan, John L. Sullivan, Jake Kilrain and Jack Dempsey (the Nonpareil). Technically g, the book is complete with somewhat brittle pages and edge chips on the front cover and first 10 pages. The population of original copies of this book on the Internet is between tiny and extinct.
Minimum Bid $50     




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