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SPORTS ANTIQUE 

OF THE WEEK

July 12th- 18th 2009

Standout items 

by SportsAntiques.com

 

THIS WEEKS FEATURE

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CARVED WOOD 

FOLK ART PLAQUE 

OF A TENNIS PLAYER 

22'' tall X 15 1/2'' wide X 1 1/2'' thick

Lorn Wallace inscribed on side 

Auctioned on eBay July 12th 2009

Closing bid $130.00

 

 

Overview by Carlton Hendricks

 

I came across this plaque on eBay when I searched under "antique tennis". It was being auctioned by an antiques dealer in Denver. It was titled as table tennis, but I think it was tennis, and the direction of the racquet handles just makes them look short. The dealer said he got it from a thrift store. I've never seen anything quite like it. The 22 inch tall size was huge. A friend jested it was Geraldo Rivera's great grandfather. "I think the guy is "Rocky" Rivera, Great grandfather of Geraldo Rivera". I seriously considered bidding, and was planning on going up to about $150.00, but never got around to it.

 

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