Cincinnati Reds Memorabilia – Bench and Championship Items, Schedules, Vintage Player Snapshots, Etc.
Lot 266. Cincinnati Reds Memorabilia – Bench and Championship Items, Schedules, Vintage Player Snapshots, Etc. Johnny Bench is represented in the collection by 4 collectibles: 1. A two-coin set commemorating his 1989 induction into the baseball Hall of Fame. One coin contains a notation that it is made with one troy ounce of .999 fine silver. Mint in the original First Third Bank box. The coins come with a Certificate of Authenticity from the American R.C.S. Group. 2. A 9.75” x 11.5” menu with Bench’s photo for his “Home Plate” restaurant. Ex, printed on both sides. The restaurant closed in the late 1970s. 3. 1970 Topps Super baseball card, #8, ex-m. 4. Dexter Press postcard, action photo, ex-m. Six items related to Reds’ championships are in the collection: 1. A 7.5” x 14.5” menu for Cincinnati’s Wheel Café with a photo of the 1939 N.L. Champion Reds on one side. Vg+. 2. A 1970 World Series 2” x 7” ribbon for the “National League Champs.” It does not identify the Reds, who were the N.L. champions, vg-ex. 3. A ceramic mug with a photo of the 1970 team and a newspaper account of the Reds’ triumph over Pittsburgh for the N.L. title. Nm. 4. A metal mug with the team logo designating the Reds as “National League Champions 1972.” The impression in the metal is uneven. Ex. 5. A ceramic mug that honors the Reds as “World Champions 1976.” The back of the mug reprints a “Cincinnati Enquirer” page celebrating the team as “Still World Champs.” Nm-m. 6. A 2.5” metal key fob, apparently from 2000, marking the anniversaries of the Reds’ 1975 and 1990 World Championships. Mint. Two schedules are in the collection, one undated on a matchcover, and the other, for 1950 home games, on a 4” x 9” ink blotter, ex. Other offerings include a section of a Crosley Field seat, a 1.25” x 4.5” metal block with “Crosley Broadcasting Corporation” etched in reverse, and a 1950s-60s “Cincinnati Reds” 4” x 4” logo sticker, vg+ to ex. A 5.5” tumbler from 1969 marks the Reds’ 100th anniversary. Finally, there are 28 vintage snapshot photos, 15 b&w and 13 color, almost all 3.5” x 3.5” or 3.5” x 4”. Subjects of the b&w photos include Happy Chandler and his young son; Johnny Vander Meer, Tom Tatum, Bert Haas, Elmer Riddle, Frank Baumholtz, Bobby Adams, Ewell Blackwell, and Kent Peterson and Harry Gumbert. Players pictured in color include Johnny Bench (2 different) and Ted Kluszewski for the Reds; Gaylord Perry and Juan Marichal for the Giants; Larry Doby as batting coach for Montreal; Hank Aaron; Stan Musial; Ernie Banks; and Al Oliver and Manny Sanguillen for Pittsburgh. More than 40 collectibles. Winning Bid $113.