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Horse Racing and Bowling Autographs and Memorabilia

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Lot 615.  Willie Shoemaker Autographed 8” x 10” Promotional Flyer. Elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, the 4’ 10” Shoemaker was a giant in the thoroughbred racing world. For 29 years, he held the world record for professional wins by a jockey. He won the Kentucky Derby four times, the Preakness twice and the Belmont Stakes five times. His mint 9 autograph as “Bill Shoemaker” is preceded by “Best of Luck” and personalized to “Greg” on the flyer, which recognizes John Henry as the 1981 Horse of the Year. Shoemaker rode John Henry, the United States Horse of the Year in 1981 and 1984. He died in 2003. Part of “Luck” in Shoemaker’s inscription has a piece of tape over it, and the flyer shows a small tear just above.
Winning Bid $25     


Lot 616.  3 Kentucky Derby Programs, a Quiz Book, Derby Festival Programs and More. Ten publications, including Derby programs for 1993 (vg-ex, 44 pages), 1996 (vg with pencil writing inside, 56 pages) and 2003 (vg+ with some writing on the cover and inside, 84 pages). The winners were Sea Hero, Grindstone and Funny Cide, winner also of the Preakness, the first New York-bred horse to win the Derby and the first gelding since 1929. A copy of the four-page “Louisville Daily Sports News” for Churchill Downs accompanies the 1996 program, g-vg. Other publications: 5. “The Official Kentucky Derby Quiz Book” by Randall S. Baron and Philip Von Borries, a 160-page softcover loaded with Derby history in a competitive, question and multiple choice answer format. Nm. 6-7. Kentucky Derby Festival programs for 1986 and 1994. These programs list Festival activities, present stories on local people and places, and contain advertising. The 1986 program is ex-m with 128 pages, and the 1994 edition, nm-m with 100 pages. 8-10. Three editions of “Call to the Post,” for 1987 (ex+, 78 pages), 1991 (ex, 80 pages) and 1993 (nm, 96 pages). These publications also present the Derby Festival schedule, with many stories and advertising as well. The 1993 edition has an article titled “Triple Playback” in which “winning jockeys recall Triple Crown victories 15, 20 and 50 years ago.” Another article covers “the storybook rebirth of Kentucky’s cherished Calumet Farm and the courageous knight who saved it.” Each issue offers some good reading on racing.
Minimum Bid $10     


Lot 617.  4 Kentucky Derby Pennants Including 1988 and 2000. Winning Colors won the 1988 Run for the Roses, one of only three fillies ever to do so, and Fusaichi Pegasus was the 2000 winner. Winning Colors is in the United States Racing Hall of Fame. Both pennants for these races are full-sized. The 1988 pennant for “Kentucky Derby 114” is ex-m with very slight wear on the tip and a crease nearby that is evident close-up. The pennant for the “126th Kentucky Derby 2000” is beautifully designed and mint. A third full-sized pennant is undated for the Kentucky Derby Festival. This colorful pennant has six illustrations, including Churchill Downs, hot air balloons, the horse Pegasus and a steamboat. Ex to ex-m. A pennant 17.25” long has white graphics on a blue background. Nm. The pennant says “Kentucky Derby” and has an illustration with “Churchill Downs” below. All four pennants were made without tassels, and all are free of pin or tack holes.
Winning Bid $10     


Lot 618.  8 Different Kentucky Derby or Churchill Downs Stuffed Toy Horses. Six horses were sold in conjunction with four Runs for the Roses, No. 123-126 for 1997-2000. The winners of these races were Silver Charm, Real Quiet, Charismatic and Fusaichi Pegasus. Three of these horses won the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Two sizes of horses are among the first six; the large variety is about 11” long and 9” tall, and the small, about 7.5” long and 4.5” tall. Each has a saddle blanket with the number or date of the Derby, or both: 1997 (123), large brown horse with a reddish-brown mane; 1998 (124), large horse, gray with a black mane; 1999 (125), one large, gray with a black mane, and one small, black with a white mane; and 2000 (126), two small horses, one brown with a black mane, and one dark brown with a lighter brown mane. Another horse, “Churchill Charlie,” is upright, 8” tall, and wears a “”Churchill Downs” shirt. And a “musical horse,” about 10.5” long and 8.5” tall, is light brown with a white mane and wears a small “Churchill Downs” device that apparently plays “Bluegrass Traditions” music. The device is not working. These horses are nm-m, and most have their original Kentucky Derby or Churchill Downs tags. The three large horses claim to talk, but only one does. An enjoyable little collection for children and horse lovers of all ages.
Winning Bid $10     


Lot 619.  Kentucky Derby Festival 1984 Color 16” x 20” Poster. Colorful ex poster with attractive artwork. Swale won the 1984 Derby.
Winning Bid $10     


Lot 620.  1905 Bernhard T. Wall Print of a Hobo Bowler with Harvard and Yale “Credentials.” Grizzled bowler in artwork titled “The Disciple of the Bowl: Watch the Strike” prepares to send the ball down the alley. His lone suspender (the left one apparently is broken) holds up pants with holes in them, and his shoes are shredded. A kerchief that is blue with white polka-dots is around his neck. He also wears a red sweater with a white “H” for Harvard and a blue hat with a white “Y” for Yale. He chomps on a cigar. The illustration is copyrighted 1905 by J. Hoover & Son, Philadelphia. Wall is a recognized artist whose illustrations appeared on numerous Ullman postcards in the early 1900s. He created a number of bowling illustrations. The artwork is about 16” x 17” and simply framed. It is printed on thick paper. There are some stains along the bottom edge, and the right bottom corner is detached. Except for the corner, the appearance is vg. Wall’s creation would have made a great cartoon character and, nicely framed, will serve as a humorous conversation starter in a home or office.
Winning Bid $15     


Lot 621.  2 Humorous Bowling Illustrations by G.R. Cheesebrough. One titled “Pin-Up” shows a woman bowler who likely would not have been a choice for Hugh Hefner’s magazine. The other, titled “Turkey Roll,” features a man who seems to have had his share of turkey, and beer. Cheesebrough has illustrated a number of books. These prints are about 11 ½” x 15 on a 16” x 20” backing. Both are ex-m.
Winning Bid $10     


Lot 622.  Rare 1920s-30s Dur-a-Bilt “Defender Military” Bowling Game. This bowling set earns the “military” designation because the pins are toy soldiers. The 6 ¾” pins, which come in five colors – yellow, red, blue, green and orange – are vg. All show some paint loss; 90 percent or more of the paint is present. The box is plain and g. Unusual, rare game.
Winning Bid $15     


Lot 623.  Circa 1920s “Wagon Ten Pins” Bowling Game. The wooden “wagon” that houses this game makes it special. Each side of the 6 ½” x 9 ¼” x 3 ¼” high pin transporter has “Wagon Ten Pins” painted on it. Vg+ to ex. The wagon wheels are made of wood. Seven of 10 pins are present and grade g; the bowling balls are absent. Wonderful period game. The wagon alone is worth our
Winning Bid $20     


Lot 624.  Colorful, Hand-Painted 1930s “Ten Pins” Bowling Game from Czechoslovakia. This game consists of 7” pins with cartoon-like faces and three bowling balls. The pins wear hand-painted hats and ties. Their “bodies” are made up of red, blue, gold and green “rings.” The game pieces are ex, showing use but not abuse. The box is p with the sides of the lid separated from the top and from each other. Bright, interesting period graphics are on the lid.
Winning Bid $20     


Lot 625.  1930s-40s Banda Indoor “Carpet Bowls” Game. Vintage game consisting of eight 2” carpet bowls, a jack and a small round foot mat. The game pieces show use but not abuse and are vg-ex. The box containing them has a snakeskin appearance and is p-f. Carpet Bowls is similar to bocce, but has significant differences. For example, while the bocce ball is round, the lawn or carpet bowl is round in one direction and elliptical in the other. Produced by the Banda company of England, these bowls have the same correct bias as full-sized bowls. The instructions are absent. Great vintage game.
Winning Bid $10     


Lot 626.  11 Small Bowling Games, Including Card Games. 1. 1949 Drueke “Bowling Puzzle,” ex. 2. Vintage bowling game with 9 balls for 10 holes. Graphics show a bowler, spectators and a long alley. Vg+. 3. Miniature, newer Cracker Jack lever-action game, nm. 4. Mar Toys “Spot Bowler” lever-action game, vg-ex. 5. “Strikes ‘N’ Spares” spring-action game, vg-ex. 6. 1965 Ed-U-Card Bowling Card Game, ex. 7. DMR Co. “Let’s Bowl-A-Game” card game, nm. 8. Pocket “Galloping Bowling” dice game, ex-m. 9. Drueke Bowling dice game, ex. 10. 1940s-50s William Bruce “Alley-Up” dice game. Ex game, g-vg box. 11. 10 “Official Tru-Scale” pins, vg+ to ex.
Winning Bid $25     




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