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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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Antiques

.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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JockeyClubRB Crop.jpg (70810 bytes)

 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

Western Union Crop.jpg (83024 bytes)

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

PICT9809_1200x900.jpg (189719 bytes)

 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

PICT7378_900x1200.jpg (89449 bytes)

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

botleft.jpg (42337 bytes)

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)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

click here to read this story

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

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

 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)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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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)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

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)

CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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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

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

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

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

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

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY FREE

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

John L Sullivan poster Lelands.jpg (66443 bytes)  

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

StaggPhotoMaroon.gif (279777 bytes)

14" T

10 3/4" IMPERIAL  

CABINET PHOTO 

OF
1888 Yale Baseball 
Team Pitcher

AMOS ALONZO STAGG

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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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PHOTOS

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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16,090

WORDS

601

PHOTOS

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HERE

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HERE

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Today's Feature

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

Photo courtesy of Hunt Auctions

                 

Circa 1896

Prang & Company

Football Calendar 

 

OFFERED BY: Hunt Auctions Inc., Exton, PA.
AUCTION DATE: February 8th 2003
LOT NUMBER # 850
MEDIUM: Chromolithograph

DIMENSIONS: 12” X 16”
LITHOGRAPHER: Prang & Co.
PRINTED ON: Paper
SOLD FOR: $1,705.00 + 10% Buyers Premium

 

By

Carlton Hendricks

 

In the sports antiques world occasionally you see illustrated images of early American football; early meaning from the time of the first intercollegiate football game in 1869 to the start of WWI around 1918. Naturally, those printed in color are most desirable. Thereafter desirability is based on such features as size, art quality, artist and probably most importantly format. Format meaning whether it’s a poster, print, advertising sign or so on. 

 

Today’s feature being in the format of a calendar is an anomaly. It is quite original in that you don’t find many calendars designed like it, having the calendar grid placed unobtrusively subordinate to the illustration within it’s borders; taking up only one eighth the image field. Obviously its one page of a complete calendar, and the publisher felt football represented the month of October especially well. Although officially it’s a calendar, its presence is that of a small poster.

 

The excellent overall quality of the calendar is characteristic of Prang & Co., the lithographic firm who produced it. Prang is generally considered to have been America’s most prominent chromolithographer. Chromolithography is a form of lithographic printing in which items are printed in color. The firm’s founder Louis Prang of Boston, was the country’s most prolific and influential proponent of chromolithography during the last half of the 19th century. 

 

The phenomena of chromolithography allowed for the first time, the mass production of colorful printed items such as posters, greeting cards, trade cards, labels, fine art prints, and calendars to be introduced into the fabric of American life. From about 1840 to 1900 the process revolutionized the country, until it was replaced by more modern and mechanized printing methods. The example seen here from 1896 would be from about the end of the chromolithographic era.

 

Of the many early football images I’ve seen, this ranks as one of the best. At the top of the calendar grid are the letters of the week done in the Arts and Crafts style, revealing the artist’s influence. The two helmet-less players in opposing red and blue are wearing classic football uniforms of the 1896 era, being quilted pants and lace up football smocks. L.P. Smock of Princeton invented the tight fitting canvas lace-up smockcropped close in players.jpg (22669 bytes) in 1877. Considering Prang and Co. were headquartered in Boston, and, as we shall see, the artist lived in Cambridge, and was associated with Harvard University, its conceivable the inspiration for the red and blue may have well been the Harvard Yale game. 

 

The large ball, which collectors today call a “melon” type was typical of the era. Also the long hair, particularly of the tackler was the style for football players then. If you look closely at some of the early football illustrations you’ll notice some players with shaggy haircuts. The perception was that a good head of hair helped protect the head from injuries. The year 1896 was within the transition period for headgear as it was still evolving from the initial head harness of the early 90’s. Some players still preferred playing without any, feeling they were not necessary and less than manly. 

 

The three-tier background of the green playing field, brownish green trees, and light blue sky, provide excellent contrast and speak to the artists’ ability. At top right, the clear definition of October in a red serif font provides function while blending in well with the scene. Finally the red and goldish tones at the top of the trees unmistakably represent the fall season. However, the largeness of the players is the illustration’s greatest impression. Straightforward, uncomplicated and stoic. It just doesn’t get a lot better that this for early football illustration !

 

Who was the artist of this great piece, you might ask? Well, it was a very interesting trail to find that out. In the calendar’s bottom right corner I could see what appeared to be an artist monogram. So I requested David Hunt the auctioneer to email me a
close up of it as well as the label mentioned in the description as being on the back. 

 

Click photo to enlarge

close in  label

 

The label said it was drawn by Louis Rhead. That was exciting since Rhead was one of the biggest names American poster illustrators of the 1890’s. The only thing was the monogram didn’t seem to match L.R. or anything similar. 

 

Click photo to enlarge

close in  monogram

 

And to make matters more confusing the monogram was designed in an ornate Arts and Crafts style that was hard to be sure of. It was difficult to say whether the initials were P.S.M. or S.M. or M.S. or M.P.S. or S.M.P or what ever! So I began searching for illustrators with those initials, but couldn’t match any of the possible combinations to the listed better known poster artist of the period. And to confuse matters just a little more, it turned out Rhead had indeed designed calendars for Prang and Co. 

 

Well, I could see see my research library was quickly being exhausted so I decided to call in the Marines. I contacted my very nice, but very busy friend Elena Millie, Poster Curator at the Library of Congress. Having Elena for a source is like telling someone you and a friend are coming over to play hoops and showing up with Michael Jordan…you’re at the pro level. Elena quickly replied with “that is not by Rhead but by Ferdinand Schuyler Mathews”. The obviously antique label had been misinscribed.

 

What I was able to learn about our new friend Ferdinand was that he had been a naturalist, author, illustrator, and lecturer, and had attended the Cooper Union School in New York City for his art training. He was associated with the Gray Herbarium at Harvard University and had written and illustrated many books on nature. Some of the many he wrote and illustrated include “The Field Book of American Wildflowers” reprinted by Sterling Publications May 2002, “The Field Book of Wild Birds and Their Music” reprinted by Applewood Books May 2001 and “Familiar Trees and Their Leaves”. 

 

The cover of “Field Book of Wild Birds and Their Music” which is pictured on amazon.com, would serve as another sterling example of Mathews’ exceptional ability as an illustrator. It was as good as any of the better known artists of that genre, and reminds me of the famous illustrator, Will Bradley’s work. Speaking of his quality, after realizing he authored a book on trees and there leaves, it occurred to me why the trees in the background of today’s featured football calendar, with their fall colors, are so nicely done. 

 

The more I’ve looked into Mathews’ background the more interesting he’s become. Without a full comprehensive study, the extent of his contributions can’t be known. However, with just a cursory overview, I found it very interesting to learn he also illustrated at least one Mcloughlin Brothers children’s book; “Plays and Games for Little Folks”. During the late 19th and early 20th century, Mcloughlin of New York City was the unequalled leading producer of magnificently illustrated and colorful board games and children’s books; which are much sought after today by collectors. For Mathews to have illustrated for McLoughlin lends special prestige.

 

About the time I thought I’d acquired enough information on our boy Ferdinand, the trail became even hotter. I had typed his name into dogpile.com’s search engine and got many references. After reviewing a lot of material I pretty much felt I had all I needed and was about to exit the window, when I thought I’d look at one last insignificant looking reference link for Campton New Hampshire’s Historical Society web site. As I scanned the page for the Mathews name, about half way down I came across a very interesting notation “In addition, reproductions of "Chickadees" by noted illustrator F. Schuyler Mathews have been made available by his granddaughter, Carol Newcomb.”

 

I emailed the site’s contact, requesting to speak with Carol Newcomb, and hit the hay after a long day. The next morning, up at the crack of ten as usual, I had a message on my phone….it was Carol Newcomb ! I soon learned Dr. Carol Newcomb, a retired psychotherapist, was 83 years old and the only living grandchild of Ferdinand Schuyler Mathews. As it turned out she had other examples of her grandfather’s work and had recently written a paper on him but had never heard of the Prang football calendar I was
investigating. 

 

Dr. Newcomb was kind enough to supply me first hand information about her grandfather who had lived in Cambridge Massachusetts and had kept a summer cabin in Campton where he studied nature. I also learned he went by F. Schuyler Mathews (pronounced Sky-Ler) and didn’t use the Ferdinand. She even helped me spell psychotherapist !  

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40 1/2" deep

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6 3/4" deep

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Tiffany & Co.

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Brayton Laguna

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Boxers Statues

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WESTERN

UNION TELEGRAPH

SENT BY 

E.V. BAKER

CONVEYING

SCORE OF

HARVARD VS

YALE

BASE BALL

GAME

HARVARD 10

YALE 1
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Jack Kramer

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World Champship.

Tennis Match

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June 6th 2015

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FEATURING BICYCLE RACE SCENE 
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c1920 

YALE

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TY COBB 
"SAFE" TROPHY


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5 3/4" Deep 

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DAVIS CUP Inter-Zonal Zone
FIRST ROUND
MATCH POSTER

14" x 11" 

U.S. 1968 DAVIS CUP CHAMPIONS

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30" tall 

25" wide

English Pressed Brass Shield

FEATURING 

ROWING

AND

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14" WIDE

9 3/4" TALL

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4 MAN COXED

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BALLS
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FOOTBALL GROUP STATUE

13" Tall

11 3/4" Base 

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

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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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1902 Panting of a Ping Pong Game


A QUIET HOUR AFTER DINNER
By
Albert 

de Ford Pitney


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C1900 

TIN LITHO
8 MAN 

CREW TEAM 

TOY


Made in

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12" W x 8 1/2" T

Bottle 4 1/2" T

c1930

VARSITY FOUNTAIN PEN INK BOTTLES

WITH 

ORIGINAL

STORE 

DISPLAY BOX

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CAST IRON

MOUNTAINEERING

 CRAMPONS


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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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C1890 University of California

Berkeley 
PLUG HAT
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FEATURING

DON

BUDGE

22" x 13 5/8"

C1963 BERKELEY TENNIS CLUB
CELEBRITY TOURNAMENT
BROADSIDE POSTER

FEATURING

DON

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SIDED

SPALDING

PORCELAIN 

FLANGE

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