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Olympics and Auto & Bicycle Racing Collectibles

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Lot 640.  Photos Signed by 10 Stars of NASCAR or Other Racing Circuits. These drivers, many champions among them, autographed 8” x 10” color photos. The autograph of Bobby Allison is strong on a dark background – blue sharpie primarily on a black shirt. The other signatures are nm-m 8 or better: Mario Andretti, Chuck Bown, Emerson Fittipaldi, Nigel Mansell, Dave Marcis, Rick Mast, Ricky Rudd, Morgan Shepherd and Rusty Wallace. Allison and Wallace are NASCAR Sprint Cup champions. Andretti won the 1978 Formula One World Championship and four IndyCar titles. His victories include the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. Fittipaldi won the Formula One World Championship and the Indianapolis 500 twice and the CART Championship once. In 1990, Bown was NASCAR’s Busch Grand National Series champion. Mansell captured the Formula One World Championship in 1992 and the CART IndyCar title in 1993. In 1992, Rudd was the champion of the IROC circuit. He holds the record for the most consecutive Sprint Cup Series starts – 788. Shepherd has been a NASCAR competitor since 1970. In 2012, at the age of 70, he became the oldest driver to lead an Xfinity Series race, and in 2014, at 72, he became the oldest to start a Sprint Cup race.
Minimum Bid $40     

Lot 641.  5 NASCAR Programs – 2000 and 2007 Daytona 500, 1988 and 2004 Dover Races, 1997 PA 5000. Dale Jarrett won the 2000 Daytona 500, and Kevin Harvick was the 2007 winner. Both drove Chevrolets to victory. The 256-page 2000 program is ex-m, and the 256-page program for 2007, nm-m. Jeff Gordon promotes Pepsi on the back cover of the 2007 program. The 1988 program for the Budweiser 200 and 500 at Dover Downs is ex+ with 124 pages. Bill Elliott won the 500. In Sept. 2004, Dover Downs was the site of the
Minimum Bid $20     

Lot 642.  Milt Marion – Famed Racer – Signed 7.5” x 9.75” B&W Photo. Marion was born – in 1909 on Long Island – to race. Dirt cars, stock cars, sprint cars, Indy cars – and boats, Marion raced them. On March 8, 1937, he drove a stock car to victory in the first beach and road race, which was sanctioned by the American Automobile Association, at Daytona. His mechanic, Bill France, the future co-founder of NASCAR, finished fifth. Later, Marion founded Marion Engineering, which owned and entered race cars in numerous events. He died in 1999 at the age of 90. His autograph is bold, nm-m 8 with slight smudging.
Winning Bid $10     

Lot 643.  Two Magazine Photos Signed by Greg LeMond, U.S. Bicycle Racing Champion. LeMond won the Tour de France in 1986, 1989 and 1990. Whether he or Davis Phinney was the first American to win the race is a matter of some dispute. He also won the Road Race World Championship in 1983 and 1989. Regarded as one of the greatest U.S. cyclists, he was inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in 1996. He was the first cyclist to make the cover of “Sports Illustrated.” LeMond is a strong opponent of using performance-enhancing drugs in cycling. His signatures are mint 9 on two pages from unidentified magazines. Both pages have been laminated.
Minimum Bid $40     

Lot 644.  2008 Beijing Olympics Set of 5 Gold-Plated Mascot Medallions. Representing Prosperity, Happiness, Passion, Health and Good Luck, the five medallions, each approximately 1.5” in diameter, are housed in a special box with a gold-plated copper nameplate. Each medallion has a different mascot on the front, identified in Chinese and English. The reverse has mascot engravings, the Olympics rings and “The Games of the XXIX Olympiad” in English and Chinese. Mint in the original plastic cases and in the original box.
Winning Bid $10     

Lot 645.  Tommie Smith Beautifully Autographed July 15, 1968 “Newsweek” with His Cover Photo. Three months and a day later, Smith won the 200-meter dash in a record time of 29.83 seconds at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Teammate John Carlos captured the Bronze Medal. After the race, to protest racism and other mistreatment of African Americans in the U.S., the two men each raised a black-gloved fist, the Black Power salute, during their medal presentation ceremony. A nine-page article in the “Newsweek” by Smith, titled “The Angry Black Athlete,” presages the protest and provides context for it. The magazine is complete and ex with a mailing label. Smith’s autograph is gem mint 10. He added “Mexico City 1968” below. Above and to the right, away from the signature and against a somewhat dark background, he wrote “2000 M 29.83 WR” (World Record). A quality collectible.
Winning Bid $83     

Lot 646.  Autographed “Silent Gesture,” the Autobiography of Olympic Champion Tommie Smith. At the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, Smith won the Gold Medal in the 200-meter dash in record time. Teammate John Carlos finished third to earn the Bronze Medal. During their medal-presentation ceremony, each man raised a black-gloved fist, the Black Power salute, to protest injustice and racism against African Americans. Smith’s book describes what led to his controversial gesture, the backlash against him and his life beyond the Olympics. The 2007 hardback first edition, written with “Baltimore Sun” sports columnist David Steele, is nm-m in an ex-m+ dust jacket. Smith’s autograph on the title pages is large and bold, mint 9 to gem mint 10.
Winning Bid $55     

Lot 647.  Autograph of Jack Torrance – Shot Put Record Holder and NFL Football Champion. From 1932 until the 1936 Olympics, Torrance was the world’s best shot putter. He was the AAU champion from 1933-35, and the NCAA champion in 1933-34 while he was a student at Louisiana State. He won the AAU indoor competition in 1935. In 1934, he set world record of 17.40 meters, which stood until 1948. Unfortunately, at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, he finished fifth in the event. In 1939 and 1940, he played tackle for the Chicago Bears. His contribution to the team’s 1940 NFL championship was recognized with selection for the Pro Bowl. Torrance died in 1969. In 2015, he was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. His signature in pencil is large, bold, scarce and gem mint 10 on an autograph album page.
Winning Bid $20     

Lot 795.  Collectibles from the Olympics, Golf, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Horse Racing and Other Sports. These sports and others as well are represented in the Smithsonian Institute’s 1981 “Champions of American Sport.” The 20-page magazine-style publication has two intact sheets, each with nine perforated color cards, including Unitas, Koufax, Joe Louis, Nicklaus, Ashe, Ali, Namath, Mays, Hull, Fleming and others. Ex publication with some cards potentially mint. Here are the other collectibles by sport: Baseball – Two 33 1/3 vinyl record albums, “Baseball The First 100 Years” and “The Year of the Tiger (Detroit Tigers) ’68,” both nm. Also, a 1917 publication, “The Choir Herald,” with an advertisement for an upcoming evangelistic campaign by Billy Sunday in Los Angeles, g with two punch holes through each page. Golf – Two books, “Golf My Way” by Jack Nicklaus, 1974 softcover, ex, and “Just a Range Ball in a Box of Titleists” by Gary McCord, 1997 apparent first edition hardcover, nm book, ex dust jacket. Also, a 292-page program for the 1978 60th PGA Championship, f cover, vg+ to ex pages. Olympics – 1956 letter on U.S. Olympic Committee stationery from Vee Toner, manager of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Swimming Team, to Chet Smith, “Pittsburgh Press” sports editor. Vg-ex, generally personal content. Basketball – Two paperback books, “The Incredible Knicks” by Phil Pepe, 1970, g-vg, and “Go Up for Glory” by Bill Russell, 1966, vg. Horse Racing – Two 1972 press passes to Pitt Park Raceway at The Meadows in Pennsylvania, ex-m, and the March 1978 issue of “The Limestone Epitaph” tabloid with eight pages of harness racing articles related to the racing track near Pittsburgh, vg. Football – “The First 50 Years: The Story of the National Football League,” two 33 1/3 vinyl records, apparently 1970, nm. The albums feature the voices of George Halas, Jim Thorpe, Art Rooney, Fran Tarkenton, Gale Sayers and other pioneers and stars of the game.
Winning Bid $50     

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