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IPAGE 11I

SportsAntiques.com's written

coverage of the

2009 

National Sports 

Collectors Convention

Cleveland Ohio 

July 29th - August 2nd

 

 

BOOTH OF

JOHN LIFFMANN OF 

JBL SPORTS ANTIQUITIES LLC 

Next we come to the booth of John Liffmann  of JBL Sports Antiquities LLC from Hull MA.

BoxStatFront.JPG (55465 bytes)First up in John's booth was one of the most striking things at the show. A c1890 26 1/2" tall statue of a boxer. John told me it was a statue of John L. Sullivan, but I didn't think it resembled Sullivan. I was all over it as soon as I saw it. John was asking $3,500.00 before arm wrestling. I looked it over very carefully and considered making an offer, but it had cracks in it's left ankle and neck, plus the right heel was separated from the base, so I never made an offer. However it sure got my full attention and was one of the best looking things at the show.

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FlintTinType.JPG (74484 bytes)Next up in John's booth was a c1877 tin type of Silver Flint 1855-1892. Flint played most of his career with the Chicago White Stockings. John said it came from the Mark Rucker collection, It had everything going for it including original frame and would probably be considered in the exotic baseball category, 5 1/4" tall x 4 1/4" wide, $4,500.00. This was a classic example of the exceptional quality material I come to the National to see.

 

MaybeBBTrio.JPG (68931 bytes)Next was another former Rucker piece. A c1860 tin type of three men wearing the typical dress of c1860's-70's baseball players. However it was unattributed, with no certainty they were ball players. But they sure had the look and I'd say they probably were. 4 1/4" wide x 3 1/4" tall, $6,000.00

 

RuthPennockPh.JPG (49060 bytes)Next was an unusual group photo of Babe Ruth with his first wife John said, and Herb Pennock sitting next to him, 5 1/2" wide x 3 3/8" tall, $600.00

 

fullshot.jpg (51596 bytes)Next up was an intriguing c1890 panoramic photo of a baseball game between Hobart College and University of Vermont. In 1908 Hobart College, in Geneva N.Y. became Hobart and William Smith College. I was only 15 miles from Hobart and William Smith College when I was in Canandaigua N.Y. during my pre-con road trip for this story, 12 3/8" wide x 6 1/2", $400.00

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lid.jpg (81201 bytes)full.jpg (74212 bytes)Last mention for John's booth was this c1890 Harvard Cigars box by Henry Traiser that had a label on the inside lid featuring a sizable illustration of an eight man crew team, presumably the Harvard eight, in action. John didn't have it at the show but I asked if he had any rowing things since I knew he was a rower and dealt in rowing antiques. He sent me these photos after he got home, 16" wide x 5 3/8" tall x 5 3/8" deep, $1,000.00

 

SPOTTED THIS LARGE INTERESTING PHOTO IN THE BOOTH OF THE PROLIFIC 

RHYS YEAKLEY OF PREWARSPORTS.COM 

May have been a team from Lancaster PA, Rhys said he needed to research it before he could price it, so I believe he bought it there at the show

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