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Yeakley - PreWarSports.com
was the booth of Rhys Yeakley of prewarsports.com from Washington
State. First up in Rhy's booth was a very different c1909
basketball game trophy that really got my attention. It was
half a real basketball mounted on a wood plaque backing that had
the scores 23-13 painted on it, of a game between University of
Indiana and University of Illinois. The date MARCH 6, 1909 was
painted below the ball, 15" wide by 13" tall, $900.00.
Had a lot of wear/cracks
on the ball, but still neat. Next up was a full page newspaper
supplement of the Cleveland Leader that featured signed
portraits of the Cleveland baseball team (which Cleveland team I
don't know), 30" tall by
24" wide, $600.00. Next was a small c1930 die cut advertising
sign for Chesterfield cigarettes featuring a football player
running with the ball, 13" wide by 12" tall, $100.00.
Had a chunk missing out of it, but I have the large
version, so had to buy it. Actually I have a trolley
car sign with the same player as well. I got that trolley
car sign for $40.00 a million years ago from Herman Kaufman who
dismissed it for not being baseball. The art work always reminded
me of an Italian painting.
and Denise Fugate
was the booth of Bill and Denise Fugate from Dayton Ohio. Their
booth was another of the fun ones with a lot of everything. First
up was a c1930's-40's pair of youth size basketball
shorts made of wool, and made by Lowe and
$75.00. Next was a very worn but interesting c1900 porcelain
transfer ware dinner plate
featuring a photo of a baseball player with the name Gardenville
on his jersey, 9 1/4" diameter, $95.00. Next was a c1960-70's
Moscone billiard ball, unopened in it's original packaging,
didn't get price.
Bronson - bronsongalleries.com
was the booth of Kevin Bronson of bronsongalleries.com from
Holidaysburg, PA. Kevin is definitely in the circle of the great
ones, understands the antique, and always a strong
contributor at the National. First up in the Keveinator's booth was
a large c1890, 21 3/4" tall plaster statue of a
baseball player posed as though contemplating throwing a ball. There was a
little bit of paint chipping/wear, and I think the cap bill may
have been cracked with the repair showing. But no big deal, plaster is
to repair. I recalled the statue in the Hunt auction previous the
only recall seeing examples of this statue maybe a couple
times; this one or
another example that is. It's an exceptional piece, but as I
was examining it up close it got even better. I noticed he seems to have a fingerless
glove on his right hand. You can see his fingernails in this photo, even though he has a glove on.
To my knowledge this is the only period example of a fingerless glove
represented in sculpture.
Next was a
Rogers football group
statue. These are always cast in plaster.
Rogers did a ton
of plaster statues of various themes in the late 19th century. He
was essentially the Currier and Ives of sculpture of that period.
The art snobs of his day argued his work wasn't art because it "told a story" which is suppose to be a no-no. As
I recall something to the effect, Roger's son who rowed at Yale
posed as one of the players for this football statue. It is one of
the best, if not the best American football statue extant. Any
19th century American football statue is extremely rare.
was a c1890's grouping of three photos from Worcester State
College in Massachusetts, all framed together. Two were of
baseball teams, the middle one may have been a baseball team but they
were wearing suits, 45" wide by 13 3/4" tall, $450.00.
Next was a very nice framed 1910 Red Sox panoramic team
seated wearing suits, 32 3/4" wide by 16 3/4" tall,
$2,500.00. Their names were written underneath in long hand.
up in Kevin's booth was a fight movie poster for the 1910 bout
between World Lightweight Champion Battling Nelson 1882-1954 and
Adolph "Ad" Wolgast 1888-1955, 44" tall by
30" wide, $1,500.00.
The match was held across the
bay from San Francisco, in Richmond California. Nelson lost the
fight and his title to Wolgast. After the fight, Nelson and
Wolgast remained bitter enemies the rest of their lives. Oddly
their wife's were good friends. Though Wolgast lived till he was 67
he spent half his life in and out of mental institutions. Below is
an excerpt from the written account of the fight that
appeared in the New York Times.
Burns - Four Star Cards
up was the booth of Roger Burns of Four Star Cards from Nassau, NY.
Roger had a cool c1950's cardstock die cut of a basketball
sure what it was produced for, 14" tall, $75.00. Roger
also had a table full of at least 15 of the Rittgers figures.
Bernhardt - Lit'le Rascal's Relics
up was the booth of Darla Bernhardt of Lit'le Rascal's Relics from
in Darla's booth were six 3" tall porcelain figures of
baseball players...very cool and rare. They were a little
worn, but that didn't stop them. Four were of the same figure,
holding a mitt over their chest...that left only three positions.
Had there been two or three more positions I'd have probably got
them myself, $100.00 for the set. Next
was another cool porcelain piece...this one of a little girl
holding a baseball bat, c1890. Again worn but still had the look.
It was trimmed in gold and brown, and interestingly she had a star
on her chest. Appeared totally German or Austrian as these kinds
of pieces usually are. I don't recall ever seeing this one before,
8" tall, $250.00.
in Darla's booth was a c1930's Lucky Curve tobacco tin featuring
baseball graphics. Among tin collectors this kind of tin is referred to as a "lunch box" style. As far as I know,
this was the only baseball related vintage lunch box tin produced.
These don't come up too often, but once in a while you'll see one
in an auction. They're almost always a little dented, as this one
the lid was dented in a little. Probably because they got used for
storage on work benches and such. Between the graphics, size
(7" wide by 4" tall by 4 1/2" deep) and the red
orange color, they're striking, and a nice addition to any vintage
sports collection, $800.00.
M. Goff - Friendly City Cards
up was the booth John M. Goff of Friendly City Cards, from Hobart
Indiana. John had a rare, unusual, and striking c1900
card featuring a view from the bleachers of the "American
League White Sox New Ball Park" (back), 29" wide by 10
3/8" tall framed, $650.00
A. Douglas - D & S Enterprises
up was the booth of John A. Douglas of D&S Enterprises from
Lebanon Indiana. John had a c1915 piece of sheet music titled
"Brother Noah Gave Out Checks For Rain". It featured
racist style caricature illustration of black Americans
playing baseball, $185.00.
Katz and Greg Ward - Mezzanine Sportscards
up was the booth of Jerry
Katz and Greg Ward of Mezzanine Sportscards from Mayfield Heights
Ohio. Jerry had a
c1960 47" tall fiberglass advertising statue of an early
football player with "Antique Bourbon" across his chest, asking
price $500.00. I think these were displayed in liquor stores.
Although they aren't that old, they have a striking presence
to them. They're sort of a throw back to the cigar store Indian of
the 19th century. Antique Bourbon also produced a baseball player
and a boxer in this same large format size. I have the boxer also, which I've been told is the
rarest of the set. Kessler Whiskey produced these large sports
statues as well, that were either identical of very similar. I have
the Kessler baseball player.
Since I had the
Antique Bourbon boxer and the Kessler
baseball player, I had considered getting the football player for
a long time. I had seen some on eBay over the years but never got
around to getting one. Where to display it, that is how to
work it into my collection was always a question. I hardly
had room for the two I already had. I hemmed and hawed over
getting this one for half a day. It had everything going for it,
great condition and priced right, Jerry came down to $300.00.
But the thought of having to deal with getting it back to
California, in the middle of trying to cover the National put me
off. Then came Mark Mcrae to the rescue. He drove to the National
from California and only lives about an hour from me. Mark was kind enough to offer to take
it back with him. That did it, I pulled the trigger, got it home,
and managed to squeeze it into my collection; looks pretty
good. Side note: Mark Mcrae the hero would not let me take his
photo at the National...but I did snap one of him at his last
sports collector show, seen in this Net54
thread. That's him fourth photo down hands in pockets, white
shirt blue hat.
Wetzel Senior and Junior - B&B Baseball Cards
up was the booth of Bob
Wetzel Senior and Junior of B&B Baseball Cards from Maple
Shade New Jersey. The Wetzel's had an interesting and puzzling
relief plaque of a baseball player cast in aluminum. It
represented the player as a bust, from the top his chest up. At 17 1/2" wide by 15 1/4" tall it was nearly
size. Bob Jr. told me they believed it was either Gil Hodges, or Napoleon Lajoie. It's art style seemed more
in line with Lajoie's era, but being cast in aluminum was more
consistent with Hodge's. Artistically, certain aspects were commendable; the
detail of his ear, and tilt of his hat, but especially the outline
of his face defined by shadows under the jaw line and throughout the
face. The most
interesting aspect was his facial expression; completely
uninhibited, and expressionless...as if watching a game from the
dugout. Upon first glance his eyes seem a little oversized and amateurish.
But the rest of his features are well done. Therefore the
largeness of the eyes could have been intentional, following
sculpture discipline mandating emphasis on the subjects most
prominent features. Based on his facial expression, it's all about his
looking out at the game. As
for deciphering who it is...like I mentioned, it's puzzling,
$900.00. I've never seen the work before, it's very uncommon, and
I'd say it's very
good art. It's the kind of thing that could be glossed over at
the National, then you might see it later in some museum among non
Hank Reizes, Meza
9 panel Advertising Fold Out
Department Store, Detroit MI
known New York Celtics
up was the booth of Hank Reizes of Meza Arizona. Hank had an
interesting c1906 nine panel advertising fold out premium
with illustrations of athletes from the Detroit area. It was put
out by Hickey's Department Store in Detroit Michigan, and
represents a remarkably ambitious regional marketing tool. It was
illustrated by Roy Gamble, and Harry Howard, 40" wide by 7
1/2" tall unfolded, $3,500.00. This would be quite a find for
a Detroit region collector. Next was another jewel, the oldest
known New York Celtics program from November 27th 1921, 9
3/8" tall by 7" wide, $6,500.00.
Booth of GottaHaveIt.com
Red Sox Pennant, The star piece of
show that everyone was talking about
up was a dealer with one of the greatest URL's on the planet,
GottaHaveIt.com. Gotta had the star piece of the show, a 1915 Red
Sox Pennant. They were talking about this pennant for two weeks on
played for the Red Sox in 1915. It was his first full year
in the Majors. It would have to be one of the greatest, most important pennants
also had many items on display that were in there then
up-coming auction. They had an off the chart, Elvis concert poster
dating from the infancy of his career. It wasn't dated but stated -
Direct from the Jackie Gleason "Stage Show". Didn't say
what city the concert was in , just "Municipal
Auditorium". They also had a great Otis Redding concert
poster estimate $6,000.00-$10,000.00. Next auction item was a
contract between Spanky McFarland of Our Gang, and Hal Roach, with
a large photo of
Spanky. Last mention was a pennant dated June 8th
1969, that said "Mickey we love you"
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Vitro - E&R Galleries
up was the booth of Ron Vitro of E&R Galleries from New
Rochelle NY. Ron is a long time regular at the National. He had
an unusual c1930's multi sport cast metal
clock, 10 1/2"
tall by 13" wide, $1,395.00. I count a total of possibly
eight sports represented, Boxing being most prominently
featured, plus Baseball, Football, Tennis, Golf, Rowing,
Horseracing, and possibly basketball. There is a girl sitting
with her legs sticking out on the bottom right...not sure what
sport she represents, but she seems to have on an early
basketball uniform, and above her is what appears to be a
ball, possibly going into a hoop. Since Louis is the only positively
recognizable athlete, it's possible the clocks maker was only
authorized to use Louis' likeness, and the others intentionally
hint at being Ruth, Grange, and other sports stars of the day. I
wouldn't call it a work of beauty, but it's interesting from the
perspective that it's most likely American, and an ambitious
celebration of sport, and rare. It's possible I may have seen
another at some point, but I can't recall I have, so it's definitely
very rare. It's in the genera of the more well known Babe
and Joe Louis
those had a shiny brass finish,
whereas this a lighter gold and completely different. The gold
finish was in excellent condition. Which indicates it original
and well cared for or had been repainted. I would lean towards
original and well cared for.
Ron had a cast iron figural baseball batter fireplace
It was painted gray and had small rust spots, 19 1/2" tall,
$1,500.00. Ideally these should come as a pair. Hunt Auctions had
a premium condition pair there at the National for $5,500.00
up was the booth of AU Sports Memorabilia from Skokie Illinois. AU
had a c1900 photo of a football player standing in an unusual
pose with both fists on hips, decked in full regalia of a
beehive helmet, nose guard dangling on chest, reeded pants,
reeded shin guards, and an unidentified "S" on his
chest. Could have been Stanford or Swarthmore, but seller didn't
know, 11" tall by 9" wide framed, $150.00. Next AU had
a 1964 Cleveland Indians sketch
book, 17" wide by 11"
tall, $40.00. Next AU had 1965 Baltimore Orioles Year Book
featured Brooks Robinson, who was the American League's MVP that
and Linda Bradley - Bradley Collectibles
up was the booth of David and Linda Bradley of Bradley
Collectibles from Muscatine Iowa. The Bradley's had a
c1970 baseball shoes box that featured Joe DiMaggio on the
cover, $350.00. David and Linda also has a number of vintage
baseball comics including one called "Baseball
Heroes" that featured Ruth on the cover, $250.00. And
another featuring Ralph Kiner for $95.00.
Caparelli - B&E Collectibles
Red Grange football box, Top Signed photos
Cobb and Gehrig bottom middle and right Red Grange
Caparelli - B&E Collectibles
up was the booth of Andrew Caparelli of B&E Collectibles from
Thornwood New York. David had a Red Grange candy box 7 1/8"
wide by 9 1/4" deep by 2 3/4" tall, $4,500.00. Next
was a Red Grange football
box, 13 1/4" tall by 6 1/4"
deep by 3" tall, $1,200.00. Next were two exceptional
signed photos. One was of of Ty Cobb, with a great personalized
signature -To Warren Stulb "With Kindest Regards" Ty
Cobb June -1- 31, $3,500.00. The other photo was of Lou
Gerhig wearing a cowboy hat with coat and bow tie, also
up was the booth of B.P. Sports Collectibles from Marietta
Georgia. First up was a cool table lamp made from a loving cup
baseball trophy. It was engraved "Lt Col. Gray Trophy - Leeds
County Baseball Trophy". The two small engraved plates on the
base and sub base gave away that it was English. That Plus the
"Lt Col. Gray". Plus it's whole look just screamed
"English", 28" tall, $250.00. Next
was a c1930's cast metal figural clock featuring a bust of Joe
Louis in fighting stance, 12 1/4" tall, $495.00.
O'Mary - Sports
up was the booth of Darrell O'Mary of Sports Paradise from
Marietta Georgia. First up in Darrell's booth was a c1880
un-awarded silver plate baseball trophy with a scene of a game in
progress engraved on the
front, 12 3/4" tall, $1,500.00. Next
was one of the most impressive trophies I've seen, a 25" tall
mammoth sized baseball trophy called the "Will Reeves
Memorial Trophy - Director of Recreation 1926 1931 - City of Cincinnati",
$3,800.00 Next was a trophy engraved
"Presented to Christy
Mathewson as a token of respect - 1908 N.Y. B.B. Club" 8
7/8" tall by 10 1/2" wide handle to handle,
was a remarkable large photo collage of the 1909 Pittsburgh
Pirates. 24 portraits were imposed into a large illustrated
baseball. At the top two corners were the words "World's
Champions", at the two bottom corners was "Pittsburgh
1909" with a little pirate under Pittsburgh, 30" tall by
27" wide, $4,000.00
was a pipe holder figure of a fat golfer cast in white
metal, 7 1/2" tall, $450.00. No maker indicated but it
was marked Pat.
Mar.31.1925. Next was a nicely framed c1970 oil
painting of Walter Camp, 22" tall by 18 3/4" wide,
Bushing - Mears
up was the booth of Dave Bushing of Mears, which stands for Memorabilia
Evaluation and Research Services, from Milwaukee. See their
Dave had a boat load of leather helmets. I'm going to try to get
all the prices and facts right on them, but there were so many,
forgive me if I make any mistakes.
First up was a Reach
8 spoke, $2,200.00. Next was another 8
spoke, no maker, $3,000.00. Next a canvass
flat top, no maker, $2,800.00.
Next was another
canvass with no maker, this one with leather ears, $2,500.00.
Next, a black
rain cap style by Brine,
$2,800.00. Next was a Knute Rockne endorced helmet, but here's
where I start getting fuzzy..darn if apparently I didn't tag the
photo, can't tell which it is...suggest see the Mears
Page to see if you can guess which one.
Next, a rare Reach
Trojan style, $3,200.00. Next, another canvass
flat top, No maker, $2,800.00. Next was a soft
shell, no maker, $1,800.00. Next was a William
Reed flat top, $2,500.00. Last was a Spalding
ZH model that Dave said was the top of the line, $500.00
and Lisa Mechanick - Mechanic's Historical Gallery
up was the booth of Glen and Lisa Mechanick of MHG, Mechanick's
Historical Gallery, from Clifton New Jersey. Glen and Lisa
had a ton of great stuff. They are regulars at the National, and I'm sure many
will agree they are a major
contributor to the quality of the show. First up was a c1889
Sporting Life score card, 8 11/16" wide by 7 1/16" tall open (inside
shot), $500.00. Next, was a c1889
Sporting Life trade card (back),
7 1/16" tall by 4 1/4" wide, $400.00. Next was a Darktown Battery
Bank trade card, 5 1/2" tall by 3 1/4" wide, forgot to
get price. Next was a c1900 porcelain toothpick holder with
crossed bats on one side and baseball
players on the other, 2 3/16" tall by 2 1/4" wide, $600.00.
Interesting because of the "S" under what appears to be a cats face
between the ball players. Next was a cool "Slide" shoe polish tin,
3" diameter, $150.00. Next was three
very cool tin ashtrays advertising Schuermans Cortenberg bier (beer) and
Hard's Ale, all 3 7/8" by 3 7/8", $850.00. All three excellent
condition, very 30's, very rare. Next up was a c1910
FootRest Hosiery box, 11 3/4" by 5 7/8" by 2",
was a small c1900 chromo litho die cut of a baseball
player sliding into base while a pillbox capped baseman is making a catch,
5 5/8" wide by 4 1/2" tall, $495.00. I've seen this illustration on
a writing tablet and a book cover, great art.
Next up was a very cool c1890
die cut of a horse driven trolley car which featured advertising
illustrated over the coach as
follows: "Base Ball Match this Afternoon - POLO GROUNDS - New York vs.
Cleveland", 11 1/4" wide by 5 1/8" tall, (back)
forgot to get price. Next were four c1900 paper candy
bands, orange, purple,
lavender, and green, 2" wide by 1/2" tall, $185.00 for all. Next was
a c1900 piece of
sheet music called "New York Giants March" featuring George
Davis as Captain, 13 3/4" tall by 10 3/4" wide, $2,200.00. Next
up was a c1870 silk titled "The National Game" featuring
a period batter, 8 1/8" tall by 3 3/4" wide, $2,200.00.
Next up was an outstanding 1867 advertising card for a Base Ball
Tournament and Pic-Nic, for the Gray Eagle Base Ball Club on
August 24th 1867, 4 3/4" wide by 3 3/8" tall, $800.00.
It was printed by Harris Printer, 4th and Vine, Phila., so must
have been in Pennsylvania.
up were three
National League baseball currencies, all aprox. 7 1/4"
wide by 3" tall (back).
One was issued in 1887 by Hayes Brothers Jewelers in Austin Minnesota,
$1,700.00. The next one was issued in 1888 by Lewis & Edwards
Merchants Tailors in Emporia Kansas, $1,200.00.
Last was one
issued in 1887 by The
Merchants in St. Louis Missouri, didn't get price. This last
one was particularly interesting because it had an illustration
of a trophy with a large figure of a batter. Below the trophy
was the inscription "WIMAN TROPHY - SOLID SILVER - WON OCT.
1886. Sure would like to learn about that trophy.
up in the Mechanick booth were three baseball cigar box
The first was called "The Bat" c1888, and featured Cap
Anson and Tim Keith, 10" wide by 6" tall, $4,500.00. The
next one was c1880 called "Diamond King" 7 1/2"
wide by 4 3/8" tall, $2,200.00. Glen said it was super rare,
and the only one known. Last was one called "Home
Strike" c1880 8" wide by 5 7/8" tall, $1,500.00.
was perhaps my favorite of everything in the booth, a very
delicate c1880 tissue sheet which advertised Argosy Braces (seemed
to be suspenders). The tissue had eight illustrations
printed on it of men performing manly endeavor. The illustrations were of rifle shooting, gymnastics, tennis, bicycling featuring a
high wheel model, horseback riding, rowing, pedestrianism (apparently), and tug of war, all
participants were wearing Argosy
Braces (suspenders). Glen thought it may have been used as
wrapping inside a box of the Argosy Braces, 14" wide by
17" tall, $225.00. Incredible condition for something so
fragile and old. Last up was a
tin can with a paper
label that featured baseball graphics, for Diamond Ball Sliced
Peaches, 4 5/8" tall by 4" wide, $150.00.
Knouse - Tic & Tic
up was the booth Terry Knouse of Tic & Tic, from Wapwallopen
Pennsylvania. Terry and his family are regulars at the National,
and their high and wide quality always cut a wide swath. First up
was a c1890 non sport poster
issued by Newsboy Plug Tobacco. The advertising instructed
patrons to return 10 tags for any the 17" x 24" pictures
illustrated on the poster, 31" tall by 23 1/2" wide,
$5,000.00. Next was a c1890
Victorian photo album titled "Olympia".
Each page featured a photo window surrounded by Victorian style illustration
of particular sports.
The sports included
and lacrosse and curling, cricket
and golf, deer
hunting and sailing, football
and track, tennis
jumping and pheasant hunting, fox
hunting and archery, swimming
and rowing, ice
sailing and sleighing and tobogganing, polo
and horseracing, 11 3/4" tall by 9 1/8" wide,
$750.00. The album was marked on the title page, Designed
by W.H.S. Thompson, H. Bunnett & others -Made in Germany.
I've heard of examples of this album that are fitted with a music
was a illustrated print
of a Vassar girl basketball player, 20 3/4" wide by
15 12" tall, $700.00. Next was a small
card with an illustration of two girl basketball players
wearing orange and black uniforms, possibly Princeton, 6"
tall by 4" wide, $250.00. It was marked copyright
1903 by Joseph Tetlow. Last were two
large cabinet photos of bicycle racers issued by Honest Long
Cut Tobacco. One was of A.A.
Zimmerman, the other was of John
S. Johnson, both 9" tall by 6" wide, $2,700.00 each.
Augustine - Augie's Locker Room
up was the booth Jim Augustine of Augie's Locker Room, from South
Bend Indiana. Jim had a Four Horseman's liniment bottle in the
original box, 6" tall, $250.00. Turned out Jim got it from
Kregg Ruffner, who I bought one from at the 07' National, see on this
few items that were on display for Heritage's then
upcoming sports auction
- Chris Ivy
up was the booth of Heritage Auction Galleries from Dallas Texas.
Mainly I was focused on items for sale there at the
National. However Heritage had a Heisman Trophy on display for
their then up coming auction. Heisman's are so far out there monetarily
I usually don't get too excited. I like stuff the average bear
could own if he wanted. Nevertheless, being an antique sports
sculpture afficinado, I was very interested to examine a real
Heisman in person. This particular one was never awarded and was
displayed at Roman Bronze Works of New York City, the original
foundry. Moreover it was advertised as the last Heisman cast from
the original plaster maquette.
asked the staffer manning the Heritage booth if he could take it
out of the case for me, but he said no. fortunately Chris Ivey
head of Heritage's sports division was nearby and gave the OK.
Check it out for yourself below:
Galleries Dallas Texas
HEISMAN CAST FROM THE
that just about wraps up our coverage of the 2008 National. On a
personal note, I played it close to the vest this year, but still
picked up a few things. My top find would probably be a c1930
thick heavy plaster plaque featuring a relief bust of Knute Rockne
with the Notre Dame insignia on the left and Rockne's record on
the right of: WON 108 LOST 12 TIED 4, 16" wide by 12"
tall, $350.00. Got it from Craig Ruffner. Next I picked up a cool
pair of antique basketball shoes from Herbert Thomas the third,
for I think it was $200.00. and last was the afore
mentioned 47" tall Antique Bourbon football player figure
Items picked up by
FB Player Advertising Statue
for our finale'....
a featured bonus this year, we'll take a tour of David Perry's
collection. I kind of stumbled onto David's collection by
accident. David had emailed me photos of his things over the
years, but they didn't do justice. Then when I came to his house I
was taken by surprise at the quality and quantity. After leaving I
decided it was too good to not use and came all the way back the
next night from Rosemont to shoot it. Click the link below the
photos to see the whole collection. I hope you enjoyed the show,
see you in Cleveland next year God willing! -Carlton
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