Lot 256. 1957 Check Signed by George Trafton, Pro Football Hall of Fame and 1920s All-Decade Team Center. He also was a football coach, boxer and boxing manager. Trafton’s NFL career spanned 1920-21 for the Decatur Staleys and 1923-32 for the Chicago Bears. He played on two NFL championship teams and was a six-time All-Pro. Red Grange called him the “meanest, toughest player alive.” In the 1940s, he served as a line coach for the Packers and then the Rams. In 1964, Trafton was part of the second class inducted into the Hall of Fame. He died in 1971. His autograph, uncommon on anything, is large, bold and nm-m 8 to mint 9 on a check for the real estate and property management business he operated. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph.
Winning Bid $113
Lot 448. 2 Early Football Books – 1 by Walter Camp - and 6 Publications from 1948-85. The early books are without covers, have complete text and may be missing advertising pages. Reach issued the earliest, “Foot-Ball Rules and Referee’s Book,” revised by Walter Camp, 1893. The pages are vg and contain photos of Ivy League players, including All-American Harry Thayer of the University of Pennsylvania. The other early book, from 1905, is “Football: How to Play the Game” by William H. Bannard, who played football at Princeton and coached at Northwestern. His text makes reference to rugby football, but the accompanying photos show American football. Many players are shown wearing nose guards. The pages are vg. Three publications are from “The Sporting News”: Two issues of the “Football Register,” 1976 (Frank Tarkenton cover, ex-m) and 1978 (Walter Payton cover, vg+ to ex); and one issue of “Pro Football Guide,” 1985 (Dan Marino cover, vg). The books are: “Bill Stern’s Favorite Football Stories,” 1948 vg paperback; “Staubach: First Down, Lifetime to Go,” 1974 hardback without a dust jacket, ex; and “Big Ten Records Book 1978-1979,” ex.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 565. 18 Sports Books – Jesse Owens, Grantland Rice, Barnes Sports Library, Etc. . Eleven hardback books are from the Barnes Sports Library. Two deal with football, one with hockey, six with basketball, and one each with swimming and bowling. Among the highlights is Jesse Owens’ 1978 “Jesse: A Spiritual Autobiography,” in which “the Olympic star tells how he found God.” First edition, near fine hardback with a 1/8” line of very slight fading at the bottom of the front cover; vg dust jacket with rubbing on the back and some fading along the spine. A religious perspective prevails also in “Winning,” a 1990 first edition from Rosey Grier and Kathi Mills. Thirty-eight athletes, from Mike Barber through John Wooden, and including Tom Landry, Meadowlark Lemon, Pete Maravich, Anthony Munoz, Jo Jo Starbuck and Reggie White, offer their thoughts on achieving victory in sports and life. Fine book, near fine dust jacket. In “The Tumult and the Shouting,” influential sportswriter Grantland Rice offers insights about Ty Cobb, Bobby Jones, Jack Dempsey, Bill Tilden, Knute Rockne, Jim Thorpe, Babe Didrikson and other athletes. The 1954 fifth printing is vg; the dust jacket is missing. Four softcover books, each written by a top star, focus on tennis. All are 1975 or 1976 reprints: “Tennis” by Pancho Gonzales; “How to Play Better Tennis” by Bill Tilden; “Tennis to Win” by Billie Jean King, and “Tennis Doubles: Tactics & Formations” by Paul Metzler. Each book is near fine in a vg slipcase. All of the Barnes Sports Library books are hardbacks without dust jackets unless otherwise noted. On FOOTBALL: “Football,” W. Glenn Killinger, 1939, near fine book, heavily damaged dust jacket. And “Football Techniques Illustrated,” Jim Moore and Tyler Micoleau, 1931, near fine first edition, 0.5” light stain on the front cover. BASKETBALL: Four of the six books are by Clair Bee, who led Long Island University at Brooklyn to unbeaten seasons in 1936 and 1939 and to National Invitation Tournament championships in 1939 and 1941. Bee’s books are: “The Science of Coaching,” vg+; “Man-to-Man Defense and Attack,” 1942, vg+, writing inside front cover; “Zone Defense and Attack,” 1942, vg, stain on the back cover; and “Drills and Fundamentals,” 1942, vg+ book with a name inside the front cover, g dust jacket. The two other basketball books are: “Basketball Illustrated,” Howard A. Hobson, 1948, vg, and “Basketball,” Charles C. Murphy, 1946, complete, f+ to g. HOCKEY: “Ice Hockey,” Eddie Jeremiah, 1942 first edition, vg+. BOWLING: “Bowling for All,” Joe Falcaro and Murray Goodman, 1957, g+. SWIMMING: “Swimming,” by Robert J. H. Kiphurth, 1942, vg. If your sports interests are diverse, these books will provide many hours of education and entertainment!
Winning Bid $25
Lot 566. 8 Vintage Sports Books for Youth – 5 Football, 2 Track & Field, 1 Baseball. Four of these books, all hardbacks with illustrated covers and without dust jackets, are 1930s pocket-sized 4.5” x 5.25” novels from Saalfield Publishing. The three football books from this publisher are “Stan Kent Captain” by William Heyliger, 1937, illustrated by Louis G. Schroeder, g-vg with the covers connected but separated from the pages and text missing from the spine. “West Point on the Gridiron,” Kennedy Lyons, 1936, illustrated by Charles H. Towne, covers connected and separated from the pages, vg. And “Kelly King at Yale Hall,” Paschal Strong, 1936, illustrated by Robert A. Graeff, g-vg with the text strip along the spine detached but present. The fourth pocket-sized Saalfield book is from the world of track and field, “The Winged Four” by Lyons, 1937, illustrated by Schroeder, vg. These books have illustrated covers. The two other football books, both hardbacks, are the same, “Kickoff!” by Thomas Baldwin, Goldsmith Publishing, one vg with minor writing on the front end-page and one page inside, and the other, g-vg, with a pencil drawing inside the front cover, names on two blank pages, and two punch holes seven leafs. Baldwin also wrote “His Olympic Feat,” from Goldsmith, with track and field as the sport, vg+ book and g+ to vg dust jacket. The book on baseball is a paperback, “The Kid Comes Back,” by John R. Tunis, 1951, vg.
Minimum Bid $25