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LATEST FEATURE

SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

March 26th 

- April 2nd 2016

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Side 1

19.5" X 19.5" DOUBLE 

SIDED

SPALDING

PORCELAIN 

FLANGE

SIGN

Side 2

19.5" X 19.5"

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

Feb 20th - 27th 2016

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FEATURING

DON

BUDGE

22" x 13 5/8"

C1963 BERKELEY TENNIS CLUB
CELEBRITY TOURNAMENT
BROADSIDE POSTER

FEATURING

DON

BUDGE

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

Dec. 5th - 12th 2015

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C1890 University of California

Berkeley 
PLUG HAT
Purchased By S.F. Bay Area Collector for
$1,200.00 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

Nov 22nd - 28th 2015

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2 1/2" tall
Sterling Silver
FOOTBALL 

TEA 

INFUSER 
Commemorating

The 1914
HARVARD 

vs

YALE 
FOOTBALL GAME
First game played at the Yale Bowl

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

Sept. 27th -

Oct. 3rd 2015

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EARLY

CAST IRON

MOUNTAINEERING

 CRAMPONS


Made by 

F. Andenmatten Sierre Switzerland

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

Aug 30th -

Sept 5th 2015

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DISPLAY BOX

12" W x 8 1/2" T

Bottle 4 1/2" T

c1930

VARSITY FOUNTAIN PEN INK BOTTLES

WITH 

ORIGINAL

STORE 

DISPLAY BOX

Sold For

$950.00

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

July 19th - 25th 2015

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29" long
C1900 

TIN LITHO
8 MAN 

CREW TEAM 

TOY


Made in

Germany by Gunthermann 
 
Sold for $31,625.00 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

Aug 9th - 15th 2015

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35" x 24"


1902 Panting of a Ping Pong Game


A QUIET HOUR AFTER DINNER
By
Albert 

de Ford Pitney


Illustrated for May 1902 Harpers Weekly Magazine

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

Aug 2nd - 8th 2015

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22" w X 14" t

c1930 

BABE DIDRICKSON'S

ALL AMERICANS BASKETBALL TEAM

BROADSIDE

POSTER


Signed by Didrickson and Team Members

MOTHER OF ALL DIDRICKSON POSTERS 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

July 19th - 25th 2015

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c1920 SPELTER CAST EURO
FOOTBALL GROUP STATUE

13" Tall

11 3/4" Base 

French Engraved Title Plate: "un match interessant par Rigual"

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

July 19th - 25th 2015

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C1930 PENFOLD GOLF 

BALLS
ADVERTISING
DISPLAY

19 3/4" Tall

Displayed in sporting goods stores and pro shops

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

July 12th-

18th 2015

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C1910 VARSITY UNDERWEAR  ADVERTISING TIN SIGN

14" WIDE

9 3/4" TALL

FEATURING  

4 MAN COXED

ROWING

CREW

 TEAM 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

July 5th-

11th 2015

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C1880 SPORTING WALL PLAQUE BAROMETER

30" tall 

25" wide

English Pressed Brass Shield

FEATURING 

ROWING

AND

HIGH

WHEEL

CYCLING

 Fox Hunting, and Shooting 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June 28th-

July 4th 2015

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1968 

DAVIS CUP Inter-Zonal Zone
FIRST ROUND
MATCH POSTER

14" x 11" 

U.S. 1968 DAVIS CUP CHAMPIONS

United States proceeded to win the Final Round against 

India and Challenge Round against Australia 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June 21st-

27th 2015

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Exceptional 

c1900 ICE SPEED SKATES


Remarkable

Two-Tone Brown and Tan Leather by Samson 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June 14th-

20th 2015

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Sold For
$11,353.00
8/8/11

TY COBB 
"SAFE" TROPHY


13" Tall 

11 3/4" Wide

5 3/4" Deep 

Silver Plated Made by

Dieges & Clust 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 24th-

30th 2015

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48" WIDE

21" TALL

c1920 

YALE

LAUNDRY

ADVERTISING

SIGN

48" W x 21" T 

PORCELAIN ON STEEL

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 31st-

June 6th 2015

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c1900 PORCELAIN STEIN 
FEATURING BICYCLE RACE SCENE 
BY LENOX 


 
5 3/4" tall

One of the finest antique sports steins

Carlton has seen!

American made

in Trenton N.J.

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 24th-

30th 2015

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c1930 DIE

CUT METAL

FOOTBALL

PLAYER

ADVERTISING

SIGN


 
20" tall 

with stand 
 Unique Puzzling sign of unknown

product

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 17th-

23rd 2015

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c1889 Board Game

THE WORLD'S

GAME OF

BASEBALL


 
By McLoughlin Bros.
Commem-

orating Albert Spalding's 1889 world baseball tour

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Jan 11th-

17th 2015

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c1910 

A. J. Reach Sporting Goods Trophy

12" T x 13" W 
Presented To 
BESSEMER ATHLETIC CLUB
Bessemer Alabama
Of Greater Birmingham City League

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Sept 28th-

Nov 23rd - 29th 2014

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c1900

RUDOLPH

SANTELL

STRONGMAN

EXHIBITION

BROADSIDE

POSTER

Santell Gallery Thumb.jpg (225443 bytes)

Sat in 

Carlton's

eBay watch

list 2 years...

finally the Carltonator

pulled the trigger

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Sept 28th-

Oct 4th 2013

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c1948

Jack Kramer

vs.

Bobby Riggs

World Champship.

Tennis Match

BROADSIDE

POSTER

27" X 21"


ANOTHER

OF CARLTON'S

HOW IT ALL WENT DOWN FEATURES

Antique 

street fair big fat zero..then I walked by a pool hall… 

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SOLD FOR

$1,600.00

ALL-HEIL

HIGH WHEEL

BICYCLE

STEIN

c1890

19 1/2" tall

By Mettlach


Best bicycle

stein you'll ever see!

High Wheel Stein Stitch.jpg (36595 bytes)

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

April 28th-

May 4th 2013

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c1920

HURDLER

STATUE

By Chiparus

Hurdler Installed Side Close.JPG (174422 bytes)

19" tall

Once owned 

by former

BASEBALL

COMMISIONER

PETER

UEBERROTH

Plus Bonus

160

PHOTOS

OF THE

4/14/13

ROSE

BOWL

FLEA

MARKET

RoseBowl2.jpg (113106 bytes)

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

March 23rd-

30th 2013

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C1930 15" tall

- Die Cut -

KEDS

 BASKETBALL 

SHOES

ADVERTISING 

DISPLAY

Auctioned by

Legendary

Auctions.com 

Feb. 2013

Keds Maroon 3.jpg (85887 bytes)

Keds Crop.JPG (48057 bytes)


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

 - Feb 24th-

March 2nd 2013

c1892

SPALDING'S

FOOT-BALL

WOODEN

SHIPPING

CRATE

Yellow Crop.jpg (285906 bytes)

Carlton Got

OUTBID

Read all 

about it

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A SPECIAL CARLTON

EXCURSION

FEATURE

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Sports

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.com
Visits The Top Bottle Show in The Country

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THE 

NATIONAL 

 CONVENTION 

of the
F.O.H.B.C.

FEDERATION OF 
HISTORICAL BOTTLE

COLLECTORS

  EXPO 

2012

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 July 27-29th 2012, Grand Sierra Resort 

and Casino, Reno NV. 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

 - Nov. 25th-

Dec. 1st

2012

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Eugene V Baker Telegram.jpg (316904 bytes)

Eugene Baker Sig Close Crop.jpg (104026 bytes)

June 22nd

1877
WESTERN

UNION TELEGRAPH

SENT BY 

E.V. BAKER

CONVEYING

SCORE OF

HARVARD VS

YALE

BASE BALL

GAME

HARVARD 10

YALE 1
Likely

sent by

famed Yale

foot ball

pioneer

Eugene V. 

Baker

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

November

11th- 17th

2012

Full View Table.jpg (41509 bytes)

C1920 MULTI SPORT 

TABLE

Sports_Table_Top_Austrian.Maroon CRP.jpg (773520 bytes)

Greatest Multi

Sport Table Extant

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Oct. 28th 

- Nov. 3rd

2012

RahRhaFBTobacPouch.jpg (58879 bytes)

C1890
RAH RAH TOBACCO POUCH 
Best football themed tobacco pouch ever produced 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Sept. 30th 

- Oct 6th

2012

CanoeSideWays.JPG (16343 bytes)

c1921

SILVER

PLATE CANOEING TROPHY

by 

Derby Silver Co.

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Feb. 26th 

- Mar. 4th

2011

3FullR_635x816.jpg (84747 bytes)

c1890

STERLING

SILVER

FOOTBALL

FLASK

By

Tiffany & Co.

Only known

example

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

FEB. 

12TH- 19TH 2011

SPECIAL

EXCURSION

FEATURE

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 ANOTHER

CARLTON

ROAD TRIP TO THE ROSE BOWL FLEA MRKT
FEB 13TH 2011
PASADENA ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

SPECIAL

EXCURSION

FEATURE

THREE

PART SERIES

Sept. 25th 

- Oct 15th

2010

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Carlton's Road Trip

TO THE

PORTLAND

EXPO 

ANTIQUES

SHOW

July 9- 11 2010

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June26th 

- July 2nd

2010

CarltonWith3Signs.jpg (225642 bytes)

SPECIAL

EXCURSION

FEATURE

Carlton's Road Trip

TO THE

ROSE 

BOWL

FLEA

MRKT.

PASADENA 

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book review

NEW!!

Antique Sports Uniforms & Equipment.jpg (275950 bytes)

ANTIQUE SPORTS UNIFORMS 

& EQUIPMENT 1840-1940 

Baseball Football Basketball

by Dan Hauser, Ed Turner, 

John Gennantonio

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

December

20th- 26th

2009

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C1890 VICTORIAN 
MOVEABLE 

DIE CUT 
FOOTBALL PLAYER
 
DELUXE 

EXTRA LARGE & EMBOSSED  

13" tall 

10 1/2" wide 

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Circa 1876  BASEBALL CLOCK STORY

medium muller clock.jpg (141435 bytes)

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One of the authors 

favorites!

READ ABOUT THE WORLD'S FINEST BASEBALL CLOCK

Previously published in 

VCBC Magazine


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MARCH 18th-14th

2009

RedLeftClose.JPG (855308 bytes)

c1950

Brayton Laguna

Black 

Boxers Statues

11" tall 

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  STORY

JOE LOUIS 

ARMY RECRUITMENT POSTER STORY

Joe Louis Recrutiment poster.JPG (69675 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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 READ THE INTEREST. BACKGROUND OF 

THIS RARE POSTER

Previously published in Sports Collectors Digest Magazine


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MARCH

22nd- 28th 

2009

PowerboatCrop.jpg (27418 bytes)

c1912

POWER

BOAT 

PRINT 

5ft. wide

 2ft. tall 

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Circa 1891

Tiffany & Co.

YALE 

FOOTBALL MATCH  SAFE

  Story

Yale match safe lelands.jpg (91020 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO 

TO ENLARGE

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SEE THE GREATEST FOOTBALL MATCH 

SAFE EVER PRODUCED


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MARCH 29th- 

APRIL 4th 

2009

1FrontCropcCMP60.jpg (436867 bytes)

c1880

BASEBALL

CLOCK

New Haven

Clock Co.

20 1/4" wide 15 1/5" tall  

6 3/4" deep

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Circa 1910

ELLENSBURG WASHINGTON

FOOTBALL TEAM PHOTO STORY

whole team.JPG (76942 bytes)

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READ THIS SHORT ARTICLE ON A CLASSIC EARLY FOOTBALL TEAM PHOTO


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

APRIL

19th- 25th 

2009

BowlingChairBack.jpg (33206 bytes)

c1910 
MISSION OAK STYLE 
ROCKING CHAIR WITH
BOWLING SCENE
39" tall 

33 3/4" wide 

40 1/2" deep

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CARLTON'S PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF GETTING 

Joe DiMaggio's

AUTOGRAPH

front cover joe d 2.JPG (89209 bytes)

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One of the authors 

favorites!

MEETS AND TALKS TO THE YANKEE CLIPPER

Previously published in 

Sports Collectors Digest Magazine


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MAY 

3rd- 9th

2009

JoeMartyCrop.jpg (27625 bytes)

C1940's 
JOE MARTY'S 
BAR AND 

GRILL

NEON BASEBALL SIGN
7 Ft wide 

4 1/2 Ft. tall

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Circa 1890

HIGH WHEELER

FIGURE Story

Best High Wheeler.JPG (85141 bytes)

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READ THIS SHORT ARTICLE 

TO SEE A RARE EXAMPLE  OF AN 

EARLY HIGH WHEEL BICYCLE FIGURAL


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MAY

10th- 16th 

2009

bbglass.jpg (21613 bytes)

C1890 
Mary Gregory/

Bohemian Style 
BASEBALL MOTIF LEMONADE SET

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19th Century 

ESTES PROFESSIONAL

BASEBALL BAT STORY

Estes in case.JPG (84750 bytes) 

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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One of the authors favorites!

READ THIS TALE OF HOW THE ESTES BAT WAS FINALLY

ACQUIRED 12 YEARS  AFTER LOSING IT!

Previously publish.

in Sports Collectors Digest Magazine


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MAY

24th- 30th 

2009

ABSprecklesGal.JPG (20374 bytes)

c1930 

A. B.

SPRECKLES 

CUP GOLF TROPHY

STERLING

21" W 18" T

PRESENTATION

SILVER 

BY REED AND  BARTON 

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Circa 1887

Reed and Barton Silver Plate Football 

Box Story

close in front panel.JPG (94231 bytes) CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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One of the authors favorites!

GREATEST FOOTBALL BOX EVER MADE 


c1896 PRANG

FOOTBALL CALENDAR STORY

Prang Football calender HUNTS Feb 2003.jpg (118010 bytes)

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One of the authors favorites!

Previously pub. in  Sports Collectors Digest Magazine & The Antique Trader


Circa 1907

Kayser Sohn

HORSE AND JOCKEY INKWELL

kayser Sohn front close in.JPG (97340 bytes)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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THE FINEST

HORSE-

RACING

INKWELL 

EVER MADE


Circa 1900

VIENNA

TENNIS

BRONZE

Story 

Vienna Tennis straight on.JPG (85038 bytes)

5 Inches Tall

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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READ THIS SHORT ARTICLE TO SEE ONE OF THE GREATEST AND RAREST

VIENNA TENNIS BRONZES EVER PRODUCED


Circa 1889

GAIL AND AX 

 TOBACCO ADVERTISING POSTER WITH

JOHN L. SULLIVAN

Story

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CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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READ THIS SHORT ARTICLE TO SEE ONE OF THE GREATEST BOXING ADVERTISING

POSTERS EVER


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May

16th-22nd 2010

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14" T

10 3/4" IMPERIAL  

CABINET PHOTO 

OF
1888 Yale Baseball 
Team Pitcher

AMOS ALONZO STAGG

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444 PHOTOS

OF THE

2011

NATIONAL

SPORTS

COLLECTORS

CONVENTION

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PHOTOS

HERE

STORY

HERE

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2009 NATIONAL SPORTS COLLECTORS CONVENTION

STORY IS POSTED

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PAGES


15 PHOTO

PAGES

PHOTOS

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HERE


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HERE

STORY

HERE

2008 NATIONAL SPORTS COLLECTORS CONVENTION

ROSEMONT

ILLINOIS

Wed. July 31 to Sunday Aug. 3 2008

PHOTOS

HERE

STORY

HERE

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PHOTOS

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HERE

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A LOOK AT EXCEPTIONAL DISPLAY PIECES 

found at shows, auctions and elsewhere

© Copyright 2003 Carlton Hendricks All rights reserved

Today's Feature

 

 

The story of the

Joe DiMaggio 

- Autographed -

1939 Model Builder Magazine 

 

by

Carlton Hendricks

The author's personal account of 

getting Joe D's autograph

An edited version of this article previously 

appeared in Sports Collectors Digest

 

 

The sub-front cover of the June 27th 2003 issue of Sports Collectors Digest shows an assortment of Joe DiMaggio memorabilia that reminded me of the Joe DiMaggio items I have. As a bellman at the top golf resort hotel in Napa Valley the last sixteen years, I’ve had the unique opportunity of seeing and assisting more celebrities than I can easily recall. One I definitely recall however, was Joe DiMaggio. I assisted him two different times he stayed with us. I’ll recount the first for today’s column.

 

In August 1993, a celebrity golf tournament was held at our resort and DiMaggio came to play in it. Previously at an antiques show I had picked up what I thought was a pretty cool find, a 1939 Model Builder magazine with a photo of DiMaggio on the front cover playing with a train set. He looked really young and the portrayal of him on the floor wearing a white dress shirt and suspenders with a loosened tie was striking, and seemed to capture a personal moment. Not the usual DiMaggio photo. His classy image was intact. The photo made it seem he wore a tie even when playing with trains. Born November 25th 1914, he would have been 25 years old when the magazine was published in December 1939. 

 

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I brought the magazine to work optimistically hoping to get DiMaggio to sign it. If I got lucky and happened to assist him to his room, the chances of getting it signed were pretty good. Barring that, I’d need that optimism, as it wouldn’t be easy. First of all, even if I did happen into him around the property, as an employee in uniform, I couldn’t go walking up to him in front of other guests and ask for an autograph, you just don’t do that. Plus, it wasn’t practical to carry the magazine around with me all day. So really, the chances weren’t good.

 

After the tournament there was a big banquet that evening for all the celebrities. By then, DiMaggio had been with us two days and I’d not seen him once, so I’d pretty much given up on getting it signed. It had been real busy that day, and by the time I got a chance to take a break and get something to eat, the employee buffet was shut down. I decided to drive the short ways into town and get a burger. I recall it was around 9:45pm when I got back, and I began walking up from the parking lot towards the mansion. It was dark by then and the whole front of the mansion that had been a beehive of activity all day was now still and quiet. Most of the guests were at the tournament banquet in the main ballroom.

 

As I was walking past the tennis courts I saw up ahead what appeared to be an older gentleman walking with a young lady coming towards me. Could it be….no way I thought. As I got closer I saw it was DiMaggio. “Mr. DiMaggio” I said…”let me get a cart and give you a ride”. The young tournament staffer girl goes…”Yes Mr. DiMaggio, let the bellman give you a ride”. “Oh O.K.” he said,…and blam, I was off like a rocket. First stop…the bell desk to grab the magazine. I stuffed it inside my jacket and peeled out with a cart. DiMaggio gets in, sits up front beside me, and in a way that made him seem as common as an old shoe, backhands my thigh, points back with his thumb and says….”Those guys are gonna go all night in there, I’m going home”. 

 

So one minute I’m walking along thinking about what groceries I need to pick up after work….the next, I’m sitting next to Joe DiMaggio talking to him….nearly numb with surprise and nervousness. Now I’ve worked with the public most of my life, and can read people very quickly. My impression of Joe DiMaggio was he knew full well who he was…but on the other hand adamantly refused overt hoopla…struck me as a totally macho kind of guy from the old school.

 

It all happened so fast. As it began to sink in who was sitting next to me, I really had to work at not appearing nervous. I could just tell he would be annoyed if I seemed too nervous. I started with courteous small talk…”So how’s your stay?”…”How was the tournament?” etc. Then I thought of something intelligent to say ….”Say, you’re friends with Barry Halper aren’t you?” I asked…as I’d heard he sometimes stayed at Halper’s home in New Jersey. Back then Barry Halper had the world’s greatest baseball memorabilia collection, before he sold it in 1999. “Sure, Barry…you know Barry?” he said. “No” I said…”but he’s a friend of a friend”. “Yeah that Barry” he said chuckling….”always wants me to sign stuff!” I’m thinking…sign stuff…really… you don’t say.

 

So we drive along to his room and I ask him…”Say Mr. DiMaggio…did they do many statues of you?” He says….”Well, there was one fella that did one.” As he tried to recall his name I go…” Clemente Spampinato”….he looked at me a little curiously I’d know such a fact. “Yeah that’s him,” he said. So we get to his room and surprisingly for about five to ten minutes we just talked about stuff. Finally he says,…”Well it’s been a long day I gotta get going”…I go….”Say Mr. DiMaggio…. I’d like to show you something”, and I pulled out the magazine and handed it to him. With a smile he goes….”My old Lionel trains”. 

 

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Close in photo of Joe D's 

Lionel Train

 

I said….”Say Mr. DiMaggio….you think you could sign that for me?”  Talk about bringing the conversation to an abrupt halt,...he looks at me and says,…”That’s what you wanted the whole time!” I was speechless…it wasn’t entirely true…sure I wanted an autograph, but I enjoyed talking with him. He signed it and started to hand it back, when sheepishly I said….”Say Mr. DiMaggio, you think you could date it for me?” He gave me a look and kind of shook his head, dated it 8/11/93…handed it back to me and went upstairs to his room…to the homage of my gratitude.

 

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Close in of Joe D's autograph

 

He came again for another tournament a couple years later. Fortunately, he didn’t remember me I don’t think. I got him to sign another incredible piece that time too. We’ll go into that one another column. 

 

 

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Circa 1889

GAIL AND AX 

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THE FINEST

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ESTES PROFESSIONAL

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Circa 1887

Reed and Barton Silver Plate Football 

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2009

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c1930 

A. B.

SPRECKLES 

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STERLING

21" W 18" T

PRESENTATION

SILVER 

BY REED AND  BARTON 

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Mary Gregory/

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HIGH WHEELER

FIGURE Story

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2009

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GRILL

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4 1/2 Ft. tall

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2009

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MISSION OAK STYLE 
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39" tall 

33 3/4" wide 

40 1/2" deep

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Circa 1910

ELLENSBURG WASHINGTON

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2009

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c1880

BASEBALL

CLOCK

New Haven

Clock Co.

20 1/4" wide 15 1/5" tall  

6 3/4" deep

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Circa 1891

Tiffany & Co.

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2009

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2009

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c1950

Brayton Laguna

Black 

Boxers Statues

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2009

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C1890 VICTORIAN 
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DIE CUT 
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June 22nd

1877
WESTERN

UNION TELEGRAPH

SENT BY 

E.V. BAKER

CONVEYING

SCORE OF

HARVARD VS

YALE

BASE BALL

GAME

HARVARD 10

YALE 1
Likely

sent by

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SPALDING'S

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- Die Cut -

KEDS

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SHOES

ADVERTISING 

DISPLAY

Auctioned by

Legendary

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Feb. 2013

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HURDLER

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HIGH WHEEL

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c1890

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By Mettlach


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Jack Kramer

vs.

Bobby Riggs

World Champship.

Tennis Match

BROADSIDE

POSTER

27" X 21"


ANOTHER

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RUDOLPH

SANTELL

STRONGMAN

EXHIBITION

BROADSIDE

POSTER

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Sat in 

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c1910 

A. J. Reach Sporting Goods Trophy

12" T x 13" W 
Presented To 
BESSEMER ATHLETIC CLUB
Bessemer Alabama
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THE WORLD'S

GAME OF

BASEBALL


 
By McLoughlin Bros.
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May 24th-

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CUT METAL

FOOTBALL

PLAYER

ADVERTISING

SIGN


 
20" tall 

with stand 
 Unique Puzzling sign of unknown

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May 31st-

June 6th 2015

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c1900 PORCELAIN STEIN 
FEATURING BICYCLE RACE SCENE 
BY LENOX 


 
5 3/4" tall

One of the finest antique sports steins

Carlton has seen!

American made

in Trenton N.J.

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May 24th-

30th 2015

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21" TALL

c1920 

YALE

LAUNDRY

ADVERTISING

SIGN

48" W x 21" T 

PORCELAIN ON STEEL

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June 14th-

20th 2015

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$11,353.00
8/8/11

TY COBB 
"SAFE" TROPHY


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11 3/4" Wide

5 3/4" Deep 

Silver Plated Made by

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June 21st-

27th 2015

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Exceptional 

c1900 ICE SPEED SKATES


Remarkable

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June 28th-

July 4th 2015

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1968 

DAVIS CUP Inter-Zonal Zone
FIRST ROUND
MATCH POSTER

14" x 11" 

U.S. 1968 DAVIS CUP CHAMPIONS

United States proceeded to win the Final Round against 

India and Challenge Round against Australia 

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July 5th-

11th 2015

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C1880 SPORTING WALL PLAQUE BAROMETER

30" tall 

25" wide

English Pressed Brass Shield

FEATURING 

ROWING

AND

HIGH

WHEEL

CYCLING

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July 12th-

18th 2015

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C1910 VARSITY UNDERWEAR  ADVERTISING TIN SIGN

14" WIDE

9 3/4" TALL

FEATURING  

4 MAN COXED

ROWING

CREW

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BALLS
ADVERTISING
DISPLAY

19 3/4" Tall

Displayed in sporting goods stores and pro shops

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c1920 SPELTER CAST EURO
FOOTBALL GROUP STATUE

13" Tall

11 3/4" Base 

French Engraved Title Plate: "un match interessant par Rigual"

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22" w X 14" t

c1930 

BABE DIDRICKSON'S

ALL AMERICANS BASKETBALL TEAM

BROADSIDE

POSTER


Signed by Didrickson and Team Members

MOTHER OF ALL DIDRICKSON POSTERS 

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35" x 24"


1902 Panting of a Ping Pong Game


A QUIET HOUR AFTER DINNER
By
Albert 

de Ford Pitney


Illustrated for May 1902 Harpers Weekly Magazine

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29" long
C1900 

TIN LITHO
8 MAN 

CREW TEAM 

TOY


Made in

Germany by Gunthermann 
 
Sold for $31,625.00 

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Sept 5th 2015

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DISPLAY BOX

12" W x 8 1/2" T

Bottle 4 1/2" T

c1930

VARSITY FOUNTAIN PEN INK BOTTLES

WITH 

ORIGINAL

STORE 

DISPLAY BOX

Sold For

$950.00

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Oct. 3rd 2015

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EARLY

CAST IRON

MOUNTAINEERING

 CRAMPONS


Made by 

F. Andenmatten Sierre Switzerland

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2 1/2" tall
Sterling Silver
FOOTBALL 

TEA 

INFUSER 
Commemorating

The 1914
HARVARD 

vs

YALE 
FOOTBALL GAME
First game played at the Yale Bowl

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Dec. 5th - 12th 2015

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C1890 University of California

Berkeley 
PLUG HAT
Purchased By S.F. Bay Area Collector for
$1,200.00 

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FEATURING

DON

BUDGE

22" x 13 5/8"

C1963 BERKELEY TENNIS CLUB
CELEBRITY TOURNAMENT
BROADSIDE POSTER

FEATURING

DON

BUDGE

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ANTIQUE OF

THE WEEK

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- April 2nd 2016

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19.5" X 19.5" DOUBLE 

SIDED

SPALDING

PORCELAIN 

FLANGE

SIGN

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