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was the booth of Mike Brown of East Brunswick N.J. Over the years I had seen
baseball memorabilia books but had never really known who he was
or met him. He brought fresh things never before offered, straight
out of his collection, all of it baseball.
up was a set of all five of the Spalding
trophies. Mike was
selling them as a set for $19,000.00. They drew people in his
booth like a magnet. When I say "all five of the Spalding
trophies", by that I mean that the five he had are recognized
as the complete set of the genera. These c1925 "Spalding
trophies" were the best stock trophies ever produced, and are
recognized as such by advanced sports collectors. They were cast
in white metal and made for Spalding by the Dieges and Clust
company who were headquartered in New York City. The ones of the standing fielder making a
catch, and the
baseman reaching low for a catch are generally the most
desirable of the set for their sculptural quality, being the
large figures of
the players. Moreover, their bold tiered bases enhance and
announce them like no other trophies.
reviewing all five; 1. There was the one with the figure of the
fielder catching a ball; 15 1/2" tall. 2. Then their was the one
with the figure of the baseman reaching low to make a catch,
11" tall. 3. Then was the one with the figure of the batter on
top a large baseball, 20" tall. 4. Next was the one with the
figure of the catcher on top a large baseball, (which didn't have
the original wood base), 17 1/2" tall. 5. And last was the one
with the figure of a player throwing a ball, which sat on a large
baseball, 19 1/2" tall.
the standpoint of the time and effort it would take to acquire all
five, $19,000.00 would have to be a bargain. First you would have
to keep up on all the auctions looking for them, wring your hands
each time, pay the hammer...and don't forget the 20% premium, plus
the shipping...that is if you win them....sweat the potential
shipping damage each time you get one, and hope it's packed
right....then wait 4-6 weeks to get it....multiply all that times
five....plus factor in the 3-5 years it could take to complete the
set. Or just make out a check to Mike and take'um home.
up was a very interesting example of the c1930 tin lithographed
"Home Run King" baseball batter toy, 7" tall, $2,000.00. The
toy not only had the cardstock box it originally came in, but also
the wooden shipping box which had a paper label adhered to the
side that said: "Frankie Frisch Home Run King Toy and Game
Co. 114 East 16th Street New York. The label even had the name of the
original recipient: H Saxer, Fleetville PA.
that shipping box and it's label was very enlightening. I never
knew Hall of Famer Frankie Frisch
owned or had anything to do with the toy. I
had an example of it about 20 years ago until I got the "Home Run
Babe" version out of one of Alan "Mr. Mint" Rosen's
auctions, which I still have in my collection and can be seen in
the top right photo on ThisPage. The Home Run Babe version is essentially the same toy as
the Home Run King but much more rare.
story I got on the "Home Run Babe" toy is the reason it's so rare
is Babe Ruth allegedly made them quit making it, and the name was changed
to the Home Run King. However I've never seen any
documentation to back up the story. Now this one Mike Brown had,
by virtue of it's Frankie Frisch label, adds new dimension to the origins of the toy, and implies a
thorough investigation would be in order.
up in Mike's booth were three Cuban league decorative porcelain
pieces, all probably from the 1950's. I think the first two I
mention were wall sconces, for putting flowers in I guess. One had the Letter
"M" on it with a tiger, 7 1/2"
tall, $350.00. The other had the letter "A" on it and a scorpion, 8" tall,
$350.00. I believe the "A" represents the Alacranes
baseball team, but I don't know what team the one with the
"M" and the tiger is for. Last of the porcelain pieces
was a minitaure vase with a "C" on it and an elephant, 4
5/8" tall, $200.00. Again I'm almost clueless on Cuban
baseball and don't know the team.
up in Mike's booth was a rare grouping of four c1930 Rittgers baseball
player figures. All the figures were all conjoined on a green
narrow base, to make a scene of an umpire leaning on a player who
was doubled over, while throwing a player with a broken bat out of the
game. A fourth player seems to helping the batter off
the field and appears to have tears in his eyes. Frankly I don't
get it, but Rittgers figures are usually bizarre anyway.
looked like a piece that a Rittgers collector would value highly.
Particularly since I'd never seen the group before, or any
conjoined Rittgers group for that matter. Mike actually had two
shelves of Rittger
figurals, but I'm only featuring this one standout grouping.
Next was a c1930
Fun-Go-Kat batting toy, 12" long by 5 1/4" tall,
$200.00. Next was a c1960-70's advertising display
with all but two of the original tin lithographed miniature baseball pencil sharpeners, 7 1/4" wide by 6" tall, $475.00. Next was
a piece I found interesting, but that Mike dismissed as unimportant. Certainly it was the least expensive thing I covered. He called it a paperweight that was junk, but it peaked
my interest because it was bronze and figural and featured Ruth. I
suspect it was a die
for a mold for something, 2" by 2" by 5/8"
thick, $20.00. Next was a small 6 1/2" tall figure of left handed
pitching great Herb
Pennock 1894-1948. It was cast in a pewter colored
white metal and needed reattaching to it's wooden base, which
did not appear original. Although it was far from a fine art
casting, it was modeled quite well with good form. Even the hat
bill was nicely detailed, $300.00. Next was another white
of a pitcher titled "Blazin One In", that Mike said was Bob
Feller. However I don't see anything that confirms it was Feller
on the website representing the sculptor Clemente Spampinato
to say the vintage since they're still available but they I think
they were introduced in the 1960's,11
3/8" tall, $350.00. Spampinato did quite a few sports
sculptures, and was based in New York CIty. I once spoke with Joe
DiMaggio, detailed in a story I
wrote, and asked him if they ever made a statue of him. He paused
then said someone did but couldn't recall who. I told him it
was Spampinato. He seemed a surprised I knew.
was a rare 8" tall baseball player
doll with BRAVES
across it's chest. It looked to be from about
c1910-15. For a doll it was pretty cool, and in
magnificent condition, pretty much mint. It had the original
little ball in his hand, with a glove on his belt. The hair looked
like it may have been real. And the coolest thing was the little spikes on the bottom of "his" cleats, 8" tall,
$450.00. Next up was a soda
pop bottle with a "B" in a circle at the top
and the inscription "ENJOY BASEBALL QUALITY BEVERAGE"
across the front. At the bottom it said "Palmetto Bottling
Co. Charleston". When
I google "Palmetto Bottling Co. Charleston" I don't get
any reference, so it could be a rare bottle. The google search did
Brewing Co. of Charleston in 1889. Perhaps
Palmetto Brewing Co. switched to producing soda pop during the
prohibition era, and this bottle is from that time, $25.00. Next
up were two miniature 3" diameter baseball
mitts, one a catchers the other a fielders. Mike had all this
stuff, this a good example, that you'd gloss over from overload,
but when you zeroed in on you could appreciate. I've seen little
gloves before but not like these. I stitched the photo of the
back and front together in this
photo to show how detailed and nice they were, other than the wear,
$175.00 each. Next up was another baseball
doll, this one again in incredible condition, guesstimate
c1930, wearing a Yankees uniform. Mike said the name of the doll
was Skippy. I guess he was a Yankees mascot but I'd never heard of
it before. But I didn't grow up in New York City, 12" tall,
$450.00. Next were some interesting 1 1/2"diameter
salesman sample baseballs. Mike said they were used in England.
There were three. I could easily identify the figure
eight one, $150.00, and the certainly the lemon
peel one, $175.00, but
the other I never was quite clear on, but I think it may have been
some kind of golf
ball. When you're seeing about 100 IPM (items per minute), for
the sake of reporting on it, it helps if the item is easy to I.D.
Next up was a very cool c1930 Chicago Cubs cast metal ashtray
that had a bear standing on top a bat, which sat cross ways on top
a baseball, and that had CUBS cast in relief in the front the
ashtray, excellent condition with little paint loss, 6" tall,
$2,000.00. Next was a c1910, 10 lb. Jim Dandies peanut tin
featuring a paper label illustrated with kids playing baseball,
11" tall by 7 1/2" wide, $1,500.00. These don't seem to
come up too often; I think because the paper labels were more
subject to deterioration than lithographed tins.
Sparton Radio Adv. Poster 75"x51"
mention for Mike's booth was a show stopper, a hugemongous
75" tall by 51" wide c1930's advertising
poster for Sparton Radios, that was beyond rare. This was a
very interesting poster; I've been knocking around vintage posters
22 plus years and never seen it before. The tie in with baseball
would, I suppose be, you could listen to baseball on a
Sparton. The colors and graphics were clearly 30's. The condition
looked pretty much mint. The
size, is what really set it apart. Rarely do you see American
posters that big; though plenty of Euro ones. The graphics, though
generic were excellent. I told Mike when I first saw it, I knew
who would buy it, and I was right. Someone who loves big posters
and vintage sports memorabilia!
Mike had a table
full of baseball slot, arcade, and gum machines. Commercial
games like these seem to be very popular, and command $erious
money. I've yet to get into them except for one I picked up many
years ago which needs fixing and that sits next to my favorite
statues on it. Which reminds me of a baseball pinball machine
Ryan Simms got earlier this year at the Rosebowl Flea market in
Pasadena. He said it was covered with rat droppings, but that he
had it restored to pristine condition. OK back to Mike's booth.
First up on the baseball machine table was a c1930 "E-Z
Ball Gum" gum machine that had an original advertising
card affixed to the top, 22 3/4" tall, $1,500.00. Next was a
POP-UP baseball coin-op arcade game, 18 1/2" tall,
$650.00. Next was a c1920-30, 5 cent slot
machine with a baseball scene cast in nickel on the front.
Mike told me it was made by Mills, who I believe is the biggest
name in slot machines. I've been going to antique shows of all
kinds for twenty two plus years and it was the first baseball slot
machine I recall in person, 21 3/4" tall by 13 1/2" wide by 13
1/2" deep, $9,500.00. Next was the most intriguing to me, of
all Mike's games, a 1
cent baseball arcade game called MINIATURE BASEBALL WORLD
CHAMPION. It had a spiral metal track that faced you behind
glass, that you would shoot the ball into. I
didn't play it but apparently the harder you shot the ball the
farther it wound thru the spiral, and if the ball made it all the
way to the center you could get a home run. But if the ball
over-shot the home run hole you were out. It had a great looking
green colored front, with reliefs of baseball equipment in the
corners, 16 1/5" tall by 9 1/2" wide by 13 1/2"
deep at the base, $1,200.00. Next was another
c1930's arcade game similar to the previous, laid out the
same, except the ball was exerted pneumatically. Again I didn't
play it but I believe the player would activate a lever to force
air to the ball. Mike had a tag on it that said very rare,
27" tall by 11 3/4" wide by 10 3/4" deep at the
base, $1,500.00. Lastly, Mike did have one other arcade game, a
tall basketball one that looked to be from the 1940's., sat on a
matching base. The condition was a little rough, but they don't
grow on trees and could be fixed up. Here's a photo
but I didn't get the dimensions and price, too tired, too much
stuff...but that's the way we like it! There was other stuff I
shot but didn't record you can see on the Mike Brown page.
was the booth of Hunt Auctions from Exton PA. You can always count
on the Hunt booth for target rich theater. First up was the
finest folk art football painting I'd ever seen. I believe it
would be refered to as a "primitive".
Except for some minor paint loss in the bottom right corner, it
got all A's. It pretty much had it all, quality execution, nice
size 30" tall by 17 3/4" wide, with a decorated football
theme frame. The subject, captured kicking a ball, wore a union suit that clarified it's
era. The grandstands in the background had good detail and
balanced it all, $1,100.00. I should have gotten it. I could
easily imagine it selling for a lot more at an antiques show.
up was a pair of galvano
cast baseball statues, a batter and
pitcher, both signed P.Testi 1910, each 9 1/2" tall,
$5,500.00. Both showed oxidation on their finish. P. Testi also
did a catcher. Read more on them at the bottom of my baseball
page. The rumble on these Testi statues seems to be growing.
That is they seem to becoming more popular and recognized.
Testi also did a football player, and a track runner. Next up
was a c1890 blue porcelain beverage pitcher with a rugby scene in
relief, 7" tall, $450.00. I happened to be in the Hunt
booth when Russ Purdy bought it. It was a no brainer at that
price, gorgeous! Next was a miniature Hillerich
& Bradsby decal baseball bat in real nice shape, with a
squared barrel end, 14", $450.00. The decal said
"World's Championship", so apparently these were
produced in relation to a World's Series. Next up was a
1926 St. Louis Cardinals "pennant winner
pin", 1 1/4" dia.,
$550.00. Next was a c1910 board game titled:
"National League Ball Game - Made by the Yankee Novelty
Co. - Chicago", 5 1/2" tall by
4 1/2" wide, $525.00. Nice graphics with red white and
blue flanking bats and eagles. Next up was a photo album with
T-206 cards pasted in it, along with other neat sports photos, 11
1/8" wide (when closed) by 7 1/4" tall, $475.00. Next up
was a c1890 book
titled: "The All-England Series" at
the top of the cover, and "Baseball" in the center,
authored by Newton Crane. At the bottom it said "price one
shilling", 6 3/4" tall by 4 5/8" wide, $350.00.
Nice graphics of a batter wearing a pillbox cap, holding a ring
bat. Next up was an Edd Roush 1893-1988 HOF, store model baseball glove.
Next was a single signed
baseball by another Hall of Famer, Detroit first baseman Hank Greenberg
1911-1986, $2,650.00. Next was a very nice 1932 Cubs team
photo, with names at bottom, 22" wide by 17 3/4" tall,
$875.00. Next was a maroon pennant
that said "Cubs Champions 1935", 22" wide by 8
1/2" tall, $1,200.00. Nice condition. Next up was a yellow
pin with blue and red ribbons, which came with an 8 3/4"
wide, blue Cubs pennant. $450.00. Next was an 1894 Harvard vs.
Yale, hardbound football game program.
The cover featured an illustration of helmet-less mustached
players in the heat of a scrimmage. In turn, that illustration was superimposed on a large melon
football. Under the players was the inscription: "Official
Souvenir HARVARD YALE Foot Ball Game Nov 24 1894". At
the top corners were Yale and Harvard pennants in red
and blue respectfully. Inside were typical advertisements
for the many sponsors. Check out the exceptional art nouveau style
border, 10 1/2" wide when closed, by 7
1/4" tall, $1,540.00. The 1894 game was known as the "Hampden Park Blood Bath",
in which four players experienced crippling injuries. The game was so
violent, it resulted in the Harvard Yale match being suspended
for two years.
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was a c1910
broadside schedule poster , that advertised eighteen games
of the Erie PA Baseball team between August 7th and Sept 5th. The contending teams were
Youngstown, Canton, Akron, McKeesport, E. Liverpool, New Castle,
and Mansfield. It had a
huge illustration of a Spalding baseball that said "Official National League
Ball" on it. Above the bottom seam it was inscribed "Pat. April 6-09". The ball was superimposed over a stadium scene
with a baseball game in progress. At the bottom
of the poster was
more advertising for Spalding baseballs. The poster was printed in black
and red and had a sepia look from the aged white, now tan
was an interesting poster in that I've seen Spalding baseball
advertising posters before, but this was the first dated game
broadside poster with Spalding advertising. Framed it measured 26" tall by 21" wide,
Next was one of the best things at the show, a pair of
c1910 fireplace andirons featuring 19 3/4" tall figures
of baseball players. I've seen other examples before but this was
probably the best pair I've seen in person. Their paint appeared
original with minimal loss. The back supports were
replaced, $5,500.00. I could just imagine these in
some got it all collection, standing in front of the fireplace of a five hundred
square foot den, full of great sports antiques. Next was a c1890 Darktown Battery Bank with
pretty good paint. The amount of original paint determines the value of
these, 9 3/4" wide by 7
1/4" tall, $2,000.00. Next up were a dozen c1940 Reach
baseballs, all mint, unopened in their boxes. In turn, all twelve
were still neatly packed in the original twelve count flip top box
with Reach advertising, $1,200.00. Next was another box of eleven
mint unused baseballs, c1950-60's, that had "GO GO SOX"
printed on the sweet spot, and packaged in their original shipping box, $850.00.
Next up was a little c1910 sterling silver pocket knife with a
baseball, bat, cast or stamped in relief on the case, 3"
unopened, $375.00. Next up was a 1915
Kansas City Federal League pin, $850.00. Next, a 1914
Boston Braves pin, 4 3/4" by 2 3/4", $1,500.00. Next
was a c1900
D&M baseball bat, 34", $525.00. Next was a c1890-1900
figure eight baseball, 2 1/4" diam., $750.00. Last
up for the Hunt booth was a nice tri-fold
advertising sign for Old Gold Cigarettes that featured fans
cheering in the center, with a baseball game in progress on the
two side panels, had a couple small tears but other than that
looked mint out the box, 38" tall by 38" wide when
Giddings, Gizmo's Sportscards
was the booth of Rick Giddings of Gizmo's Sportscards, from Davis
Junction IL. Now we come to a piece worthy a National. A c1910 die
cut stand up advertising
sign for Ty Cobb Baseball gloves, made by Stall and Dean. The
show was weak for advertising signs, so when I saw this it caught
me off guard. Naturally, with the proliferation of fake signs
today, I examined it very carefully. From my standpoint,
it looked real. 15 3/4" tall by 9 7/8" wide, $7,000.00.
One of these brought $19,550.00 in the Halper auction in 1999.
sold in a 2005
Auction for $8,365.00.
was the booth of Gene Hass from Edgerton WI. Gene's booth was the
kind that make the National fun for the average sports collector
to dig thru. Though I didn't find a lot of cutting edge antique
display pieces, Gene had a good multi sport mixture of vintage
and his wife worked hard setting it all up, and it paid off, as it
was all very tidy and organized by genera. First
mention in Gene's booth was a 1914 Boston Braves National League
pennant, 33" wide, 13" tall, $1,200.00. Next up was a c1907
football team photo, 19 1/4" wide by 15 1/4" tall
framed, $225.00. The tag said "Northern Illinois vs.
Wisconsin Championship 1907. The players all had a block
"R" on their sweaters. Perhaps this
was for a high school league.
was an interesting c1920's
photo, 17 1/4" wide by 14
3/4" tall, $250.00. The tag said it was of a meeting of Cubs
owner William Wrigley Jr., Cubs president Bill Veeck Senior, and
baseball commissioner Keneshaw Mountain Landis. The only one I'm
sure of is Landis....I'd recognize his scowl any where. What's
interesting to me about the photo is who's ever office that is,
collected memorabilia themselves. Check out the little statue of a
batter in the bottom left corner. Not to mention the cool airplane
prop and the panoramic photo on the wall!
was the booth Steve Penhacker of Sports Collectibles Ltd. from
Orland Park FL. First mention was a ladies figural football
brooch, 1 1/4", $50.00. Next was a large felt 1918 Harvard
banner, didn't get dimensions.
was the booth Fred Edgmon of Signal Mountain Tennessee. Fred is a
regular exhibitor at the National, and could be considered it's resident good'ol boy for his relaxed
and likeable demeanor. But don't let the Tennessee drawl fool you;
Fred's an accomplished business man in the role of real estate developer, building contractor,
and farmer, and not to mention sports and Americana dealer. Fred definitely gets around. I run into him now and
then, at shows in California.
in Fred's booth was a c1880 ABC children's book by Mcloughlin Bros.
printed on cloth, which featured a small but sure reference to
the top right of page
1 was a "Batman"
representing the letter "B" , 8" tall by 6" wide, $250.00.
Next up was a c1880 framed Stevengraph that featured a
baseball game scene, 11" wide by 7" tall, $975.00. It
had a period frame but not the all important original mat. Next up
was a nice baseball trophy that featured three miniature crossed
bats holding a baseball. The title plate was engraved: MFBBL -
CHAPIONSHIP - 1916 - WON BY THE RUSSELL MFG. CO., 11 3/4"
TALL, $1,875.00. Next up was a c1880 silver whiskey flask made by
Derby that had a baseball batter engraved on the front, 5
1/2" tall, $850.00. Next was a Yankee Boy pocket tobacco
in about a 5 condition, 4 5/16" tall, $400.00. Next up was a c1870 Hartford
figure cast in white metal, 7 1/4" tall, $400.00.
Originally it was an oil lamp. Next up was a c1900 cast iron baseball
batter still bank, 5 3/4" tall, $245.00. Next up, a
of a baseball pitcher that was based on the c1875 work of
Isaac Broome, 8 7/16" tall, $875.00. There was a discussion
of one of these statues on Net54 back about a year ago in November
07'. I wrote a summary on it in response to an inquirey I received
from Bert Wright. That exchange turned into my introduction to
Net54 and I've been hanging out there regularly ever since, great
site! I even went to the Net54 dinner they put on at this years
National, which I'll review here in a bit. Back to the statue,
here's the links to the discussions, the initial one Bert posted,
and the one in which Bert posted my reply to him, initial
post and summary
post. Next was an interesting "Play Ball" tobacco
label, 5 1/8" tall by 4 5/8" wide, $295.00.
Next was a trimmed photo
of a very young looking c1917 Bobby Jones, 8 3/4" tall by 5
1/8" wide, $350.00. Looked to be a wire photo.
was a very interesting and certainly rare, small illustration, of
some sort, of a c1872
baseball player titled "Caught on the Fly" and
subtitled "A Base Ball Incident". Fred called it a
watercolor painting. I'm not sure of that though. As I study the
photo, the outline of the player and the coloring look so precise,
to me it looks more like a sketch that was hand colored.
Nevertheless whatever it is exactly, my interpretation is that
it's important. The back
of the paper it was executed on has reference dates of
February 16th and 17th 1872. Any original art work of baseball
that early merits careful examination. First and foremost are the
tied ankles which clearly date it consistent to the 1872
references on the back. Next would be the jockey style design of
the cap. I am remiss I didn't shoot a close in of the ball and
would be very interested to know if it had lemon peel seams. Then
the 19th century sized moustache, common with baseball players of
the day. The shirt sleeve cuffs, belt, and shoes may offer
something to the correctness, but these nuances would best be
addressed by John Gennantonio, king of pre 1875 baseball garb interpretation.
Side note: never make passing reference to John, of archaic baseball
raiment you may have seen at some venue, without
expecting pointed cross examination of intricate
details you'll have no idea of! Continuing on, the title of
"Caught on the Fly" and subtitled "A Base Ball
Incident" are interesting. The artist apparently felt reason
to add a title, and "Caught on the Fly" sounds like
possibly archaic baseball jargon of the period. The addition of
"A Base Ball Incident" sounds as though it was being
prepared for public consumption, such as an illustration for a
publication of some kind. The light colored lines are curious, and
seem to imply it more as a draft to be lifted, than a fine art
attempt. Lastly the back of the paper was filled with an abundance
of indistinguishable data of some kind. Hard to say why it's
there. We have a reasonably good depiction of a ball player
on one side, and a ton of some kind of intelligible data on the
back. Is the art the work of some bored bookkeeper daydreaming
about what he had planned after work? At any rate, the work
deserves a good frame job. Then regardless of whether it's folk or
fine art you would have a rare example of original 1872 baseball
art, and I can't say I recall ever seeing any before!
up was a Batterin'
Babe sheet music featuring a photo of a very youthful Babe
Ruth completing a swing headed for first, $475.00. Can't see a
team name on the uniform, but Ruth looks young enough to be with
Boston. Last mention for Fred's booth was a 10 1/2" long
baseball bat shaped pencil box, $100.00. Handle unscrewed to put
pencils in hollow barrel.
Of Frank's Sportiques
was the booth Frank's Sportiques from Elk Grove Illinois. Frank's
had a circa 1930's white plaster plaque
of Knut Rockne, 10 3/4" tall by 7 1/2" wide,
$125.00. Next was a White
Sox lamp, 13 1/2" tall, forgot to get price.
was the booth of Pat Quinn of Orland Park, IL. First up in Pat's
booth was a 1936 Southern Methodist vs. Stanford Rose Bowl
banquet menu designed to resemble a football, 9 1/4" wide by
5 3/4" tall, $175.00. It looked just like a program until you
opened it! Next was a 1927 Self Defense Super
Special - Dempsey vs. Tunney magazine, 11 3/4" tall by 8
3/4"wide, $100.00. Next was a 1955 Rocky Maciano vs. Archie
and Rusty Purdy, FRP Sports
was the booth of father and son Russ and Rusty Purdy respectively,
of Lexington, KY.
They had one of the best booths of the show, primarily for the
wide variety of figural trophies and statues they brought. The selection
rivaled the KanuitGO booth. Actually, their booth was an event
because of them. You just don't see that many figural trophies for
sale at once, even in the best auctions. I asked Russ why he was
selling them off. He said his wife wanted him to.
up for the Purdy figurals was a very nice 1944 gold colored baseball
trophy that featured a figure of a pitcher in wind-up. It was
engraved: "Panama Canal Department, 11 3/4" tall, $225.00.
This was picked off by my friend Mike Hoevet of Ann Arbor. It was
well modeled with a unique art deco quality, and the first example
I'd seen. Next up was
a small 8" tall, c1920's silver plate statue of a
leather helmeted football carrier running with the ball. Below the
runner was a downed player looking up at him, who had a hold of his leg,
$975.00. I wouldn't say it was great sculpture, but period and
darn interesting. I'd only seen one other of these about a couple years
ago on eBay.
up was a large 17 1/4" tall un-engraved basketball
trophy with a 13 1/3" tall figure of a player that looked
ready to pass the ball, $850.00. There
were about four or five different basketball trophies produced by
various makers in the 1920-30's, with the same basic design as
this one, of a large figure of a player on a bold base.
modeling and design of this one make it one of the best.
have an example of this trophy I got from Paul Referson many a
year ago. Apparently it was something he dismissed (since it
wasn't pre 1880 baseball), and he sold it to me for $75.00. All
was good until I got it damaged in the mail. The base got bent and
cracked. But for $75.00 I wasn't about to return it since it still
displayed reasonably well. Mine has a copper colored patina which
makes it appear bronze, and more dramatic, and has a makers mark
of A.C. Rehberger - Chicago, copyrighted 1929. I stuck mine in the back
of a group of figurals on a table next to my favorite chair,
so you don't see the damaged base.
up in the Purdy booth was an un-engraved c1920's fielders Spalding
trophy, 15" tall, $4,000.00. There were two of these at
the show, the other in Mike Brown's booth, however it was offered
in a group of five
Spaldings. Next was another c1920's basketball
trophy that had a player reaching high for a ball, 19
1/2" tall, $450.00. Again I have this one too, but with a
up was a very nice c1930
baseball trophy issued by Wilson Sporting Goods that featured
a large 12 1/4" tall figure of a player finishing a throw,
16" tall, $3,000.00. I have an example of this trophy and
have always thought the player a remarkable spitting image of a trim youthful Babe Ruth
in his early playing days. However, the
player is throwing with his right, whereas Ruth threw with his
left. Next was a remarkable c1920's
ladies softball trophy. It was engraved:
THE J.G. CORNELL TROPHY - PRESENTED TO THE SCARBORO TOWNSHIP
LADIES SOFTBALL LEAGUE - FOR ANNUAL COMPITITION, 18 3/4"
TALL, $750.00. It was mounted on an unusual rosewood colored wood
base, and had figural crossed bats and a balls under the cup. It
was probably the nicest ladies softball trophy I've seen.
up in the Purdy booth was a 1908
Cubs Championship stick pin Russ brought for show and tell
only, wasn't for sale.
was the booth of Demian Werner of Brentwood Iowa. Demian had a group
of c1920 baseball catchers equipment that included a mask, chest
protector, shin guards, and glove, $500.00 for all. Came with
was the booth of Denny Graziano of Baseball City II, from Franklin
Park Illinois. Denny had a remarkable track
trophy that featured a large 8" tall figure of a track
runner stooped over in starting position. The figure, which was
cast in white metal with a gold colored patina, was in turn
mounted on a two tier black wooden base. There was a title
plate on the front of the trophy engraved: OWEN VAN CAMP
TROPHY - BANKERS MILE - CHICAGO DAILY NEWS RELAYS - PRESENTED BY -
CHICAGO CHAPTER A.I.B. - ESTABLISHED 1931, 16" tall,
$16,000.00. (one thousand dollars per inch!) It was a perpetual
type trophy awarded yearly. Below the title plate encircling the
primary base, were individual
plates for the winners of the race per given year. The last
winner being in 1964. I believe A.I.B. stood for The American Institute of Banking,
which was founded in 1907. This
was an interesting trophy. It was made by Dieges and Clust and was
titled by them: "ON THE MARK", which is cast into the
metal base. It isn't a common trophy by any means, but they do
surface in the hobby once in a great while. I have seen a smaller
version once at a show, and on eBay. I have two
versions of the 8" in my collection. One I got from Ray
Wood many moons ago for $800.00 at the old, now defunct, PMA show
in San Mateo California. It has a bronze colored patina/finish. I
spotted in in Ray's booth before the show opened and wasn't
leaving without it, as it was the first one I'd seen at the time.
The other I got on eBay for a song, like $20.00 I think it was.
It's got a silver plate finish.
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