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IPAGE 7I

SportsAntiques.com's written

coverage of the

2009 

National Sports 

Collectors Convention

Cleveland Ohio 

July 29th - August 2nd

 

 

Well, this is the part we've all been waiting for...THE NATIONAL..How was it? GREAT!! I think everyone that attended had a great time. I hung my hat in the booth of my buds, Herbert Thomas the third, and Chris Galbreath...me and a whole contingent of their collector buds as well. Their booth was sort of the collector central meet up place for a lot of us. When I got there I told Chris about my previously mentioned $10.00 Spalding ring bat find, and he told me to go get it he wanted to see it. As mentioned earlier I was kind of clueless as to what it was worth. Chris took a long look at it said he thought it would bring $500.00 on eBay as it was. Then he showed Matt Hart who said he thought it would easily bring $600.00. I like those guys! And they introduced me to Bill Rayburn from Murray Kentucky who said he could restore it. Sure enough I left it with him and he sent it to me a few weeks later and it now looks great! I posted photos earlier in the pre-con road trip part of this story, but here it is again.

 

BEFORE AND AFTER RESTORATION PHOTOS

C1880 SPALDING BASEBALL BAT FOUND 

LYING ON THE GROUND SOAKING WET AT 

ANTIQUEFEST LIVERPOOL NEW YORK

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photographed wet on location shortly after finding

photographed dry 

before restoration

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After restoration by Bill Rayburn

 

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Bill Rayburn explaining restoration technique

he would use on Spalding ring bat

 

 

One night during the convention week Chris and Herbert took me to Bill's room at the Sheraton. Bill was sharing the room with two other Bills, Bill Kopperud, and Billy Nix, all great guys...what a blast their room was. They had their own, invitation only, mini convention going on...stuff all over the place for sale.

 

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To see 26 photos of the three Bill's room 

Bill Rayburn, Bill Kopperud, and Billy Nix

 

It was fun stacked on fun. Another extracurricular activity was the Net54 dinner. The official name I guess would be the Net54Baseball.com National Sports Collectors dinner. 

 

 

Net54Baseball.com

8th Annual 2009 

NATIONAL DINNER

Cleveland Airport Sheraton

Thurs, July 30, 6pm -12am 

 

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to see 84 photos of the dinner

 

Time to get to it, but before we begin I'll clarify there were many more items at the National than I feature here. I'm only showing the things I subjectively felt were the best display pieces. Alright, let's get with it, first up Hunt Auctions.

BOOTH OF 

HUNT AUCTIONS

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HakingerBBShavMug.JPG (45604 bytes)First up in the Hunt Auctions booth was an exceptional c1890 shaving mug with an illustrated baseball game scene showing a runner sliding into home with the catcher reaching to catch the ball. It was monogrammed A.S. Hakinger. You see baseball shaving mugs now and then on the market but I don't recall one with a game action scene. And this one was in pretty nice condition; the gold around the rim was well intact, and the scene was nice and clear, a classic example. 3 5/8" tall, $3,600.00. 

 

TipTopButterPrice.JPG (46142 bytes) Next was a c1930 advertising display for Tip-Top bread which registered the daily price of butter, featuring two boys eating sandwiches, one wearing a baseball glove. 16 1/2" tall x 10" wide, $325.00. 

 

DogsBBPrint.JPG (55067 bytes)Next was a comical art print illustrated by C.M. Coolidge 1844-1934 of dogs in the stands watching dogs play a baseball game. Coolidge is probably best known for a set of prints he did showing dogs playing poker, So this baseball themed one would probably be an offshoot of the poker ones. However this baseball one was much more deluxe than usually seen, in that it measured 17 1/2" wide by 14 1/4" tall framed. And the period frame was decorated with a hand of playing cards in the top left corner and poker chips in the top right corner, and a miniature bat, glove and baseball in between. Across the bottom was the title "One to tie - Two to win" $950.00. 

 

ConsolsMatchHold.JPG (59221 bytes) Next was a wall mounted match holder which advertised Consols Cigarettes and featured a colorful caricature of an 1880's baseball batter. Excellent condition, 8" tall x 4 3/4" wide, $1,750.00. 

 

FBHelmSpaldTabLeft.JPG (11210 bytes) Next up was a c1930's tan dog eared football helmet with a Spalding logo and the date 1934 written by hand and the name illegible, $475.00.

 

FBHelmMiddleBrn.JPG (71775 bytes)Next was another brown leather football helmet, no chin strap or maker, $425.00. 

 

 

FBHelmBlk.JPG (58394 bytes) Next, another leather football helmet, this one black, made by Victor Wright and Ditson, broken strap, $475.00. 

 

WrightDitTennisSign.JPG (42549 bytes) Next was a nice little die cut advertising sign for Wright and Ditson tennis goods. It wasn't hugely striking but reasonably nice. For some reason vintage tennis equipment  advertising signs are considerably more rare than baseball and football ones, and die cut ones even more. 16" tall x 6 3/4" wide, $160.00

 

WonderBreadFBSign.JPG (57980 bytes)Next up was a c1930 paper advertising sign for Wonder Bread featuring a football player with his helmet to the side spreading jam on a slice of bread. Had what appeared to be slight water stains in the upper area, with a home made frame. 45 1/2" wide x 32 3/4" tall, $650.00

 

 

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