Lot 287. 1930s Pie-Eyed Mickey Mouse Baseball Catcher Bisque Figurine. 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.
Winning Bid $102
Lot 289. Reproduction of a 1910 Christy Mathewson American Tobacco Co. Fan. This reproduction fan is extremely well done and seldom seen. Its graphics and size (7 ¼” diameter) nicely recreate the original produced by the American Tobacco Co. Graphics include a full-color portrait of Mathewson bursting through a baseball. His facsimile autograph and text reading “A Fan for A Fan” are also present. This example is vg-ex with a small ½” inoffensive crease on the reverse that does not show on the front. The fan is striking and presents beautifully. If you’re not in the market to spend thousands of dollars for an original, this is an exceptionally nice alternative.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 290. 5 Different Mini-Bats with a Chicago Cubs Connection – Billy Williams, Bill Nicholson and Lou Boudreau. Two bats have Cubs logos. A 15” bat, apparently from the 1940s, is ex with a mid-to-late 1940s logo. Ex. Another Cubs bat is 18” long and vg. Each player bat is approximately 16” long. Williams was a Hall of Fame outfielder for the Cubs from 1959-74. The bat is vg+ to ex. (Swish) Nicholson was a four-time All-Star for the Cubs in the early 1940s. Ex bat. And Boudreau managed the team in 1960. The bat with his name is nm.
Winning Bid $15
Lot 292. 1978 Poster of the World Champion New York Yankees. These Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox in a one-game playoff for the A.L. East title, beat Kansas City in the ALCS and became the MLB Champion in a six-game World Series against Los Angeles. Ron Guidry won the Cy Young Award, and the team featured such other stars as Goose Gossage, Sparky Lyle, Catfish Hunter, Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson, Mickey Rivers and Graig Nettles. The poster from Burger King is 17” x 22”, features Frank Becerra artwork and is ex-m.
Winning Bid $10
Lot 293. 20 Coca-Cola 1979 “Baseball Greats” Posters – 10 Babe Ruth and 10 Casey Stengel. The 18” x 24” posters of these Hall of Fame members feature multiple images of each by Ted Nichols, a widely acclaimed commercial artist. The greatest player of the 20th century, Ruth was in the first Hall of Fame Class in 1936. One of the most successful and colorful mangers of the 20th century, Stengel was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966. In addition to the artwork, each poster contains a written profile of the Baseball Great. The Ruth poster is the third is a series of four, and the Stengel poster, the fourth. The other players are Willie Mays and Stan Musial. These 20 posters are nm-m.
Winning Bid $55
Lot 294. USPS 1984 Poster Promoting the Roberto Clemente Stamp. The U.S. Postal Service issued the stamp on Aug. 17, 1984 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Clemente’s birth. Clemente was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973 based on a career that included 12 All-Star games, 11 Gold Gloves, four batting titles, the N.L. MVP Award in 1966 and a career batting average of .317. On New Year’s Eve 1972, he was killed in a plane crash while on his way to Nicaragua to assist in distributing supplies to earthquake victims. Juan Lopez-Bonilla of Louisville, KY, designed the stamp. The 24” x 26” poster has the usual folds and is technically vg-ex with a number of light creases. It displays with an ex appearance.
Winning Bid $55
Lot 295. Danbury Mint Cooperstown Collection Replicas of the Polo Grounds and Shibe Park. This version of the Polo Grounds was built on Coogan’s Bluff in New York in 1890 and renovated after a fire in 1911. It closed in 1963 and was demolished in 1964. Teams that played there include the New York Giants baseball team from 1891-1957, the New York Yankees from 1913-22, the New York Mets in 1962 and 1963, the New York Giants football team from 1925-55 and the New York Jets from 1960-63. Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, later known as Connie Mack Stadium, hosted the Philadelphia Athletics from 1909-54, the Philadelphia Blue Jays or Phillies from 1938-70 and the Philadelphia Eagles in 1940 and from 1942-57. Negro Leagues teams also played at Shibe Park, and numerous other sports and non-sport events were conducted there. The ballpark was razed in 1976. Both replicas are nm to nm-m. The Polo Grounds comes with a Danbury Mint Certificate of Ownership.
Winning Bid $92
Lot 296. Sport Collectors Guild Replicas of Crosley Field, Candlestick Park and the Kingdome. Originally known as Redland Field, Crosley Field opened in 1912 and closed in 1970. The Cincinnati Reds played there for the entire period. The ballpark was also home to various pro football teams and the Cincinnati Clowns of the Negro American League from 1943-45. At Crosley Field in 1935, the Reds became the first Major League team to install lights for night games. The field was demolished in 1972. San Francisco’s Candlestick Park hosted baseball games and other sports and non-sport events from 1960-2014. Among its tenants were the Giants from 1960-99, the 49ers from 1971-2013 and the Oakland Raiders in 1960 and 1961. The Beatles performed their last complete public concert there in 1966. The ballpark was razed in 2015. Seattle’s Kingdome opened in 1976 and was demolished in 2000. The Seattle Mariners played there from 1977-99, the Seahawks 1976-99, the Sounders of the American Soccer League 1976-83 and the SuperSonics 1978-85. All three replicas, which were produced in 1997 or 1998, are nm to nm-m. The Kingdome has a removable “dome.”
Winning Bid $25
Lot 629. Eight 12-Ounce Tumblers from Hickok Recognizing Vintage Sports Champions. These glasses honor champions of Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, the Masters Golf Tournament, the National Basketball Association and the Kentucky Derby from 1946-63. One glass is devoted to Heavyweight Boxing Champions, 1908-62, and another, to the S. Rae Hickok Professional Athlete of the Year, 1950-63. Hickok issued the glasses, which are nm-m in the original box. The Kentucky Derby glass has a very small chip inside the rim. Each glass is designed with a decorative gold frame around the name of a champion player or team. The sport is identified on a raised section at the top of the frame. A gold illustration representing the sport is above. Familiar names include Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Assault, Citation, Swaps and Needles. Among the Hickok Award winners are Marciano, Willie Mays, Otto Graham, Mickey Mantle and Palmer. The 1946 champions were the St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago Bears, the Montreal Canadiens, the Philadelphia Warriors (1947), Herman Keiser, Joe Louis and Assault. A price tag with the glasses indicates that they cost $5.95 in 1964. That’s more than $50 in today’s dollars. We’ll start the bidding a bit lower than that.
Winning Bid $35