Thank you for visiting our past auction result archives. If you have an item identical (or similar) to this auction lot, please call, write or contact us to discuss. We will be able to help you.
Tremendous Collection of Rare Baseball Figural Pieces (37)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,770.00
Presented is an extraordinary collection of thirty-seven baseball figural pieces, dating from the 1870s to the 1970s, and including a comprehensive representative cross-section of high-quality figural display pieces related to the National Game. Each piece in this collection was carefully chosen from a massive collection of over one thousand baseball figural items, which was assembled over a period of two decades, to present a smaller and exceptional museum-quality representation of the largest collection of baseball figural pieces we have ever seen. Included within this collection are lamp fixtures, ashtrays, bookends, a clock, an unusual kinetic figure, and even two chimps in uniform. (What would a baseball figural collection be without chimps?) This is a fun collection, and it is also a serious and very advanced collection, containing many of the rarest, most interesting, and valuable pieces from a much larger collection devoted to an area that receives very little attention as a collecting discipline, and which has much more in common with art collecting than most popular areas of memorabilia collecting relating to baseball. Because words cannot possibly begin to adequately describe the amazing curios to be found within this assemblage, we have provided images of all of the pieces on our web site. However, here is a brief listing of the highlights: 1) Nineteenth-century figural lamp. The metal lamp features a standing ballplayer, dressed in an 1860s style uniform, holding both a bat and ball. A lamp mounting fixture is attached along the back of the base. This piece is undated; however, it is identical in form to both a known figural piece and a figural gas lamp dating from circa 1870. Solid metal construction with moderate to heavy wear to the gold washed surface (exposing a red undercoat) and a repaired crack in the bat. Height: 10.5 inches. 2-4) Three circa 1876 metal "batting" figures. Each of the standing ballplayers is identical in form and features a "shield style" jersey bearing an "H" on the front. The belt reads "Hartford Club." Hartford was one of the inaugural members of the National League in 1876. Each of the figures is 7 inches in height, with one having been mounted on a two-inch high metal base and fitted with piping along the reverse for use as a lamp. "Pat. Apld. For." is printed in raised relief along the base of each. The bat on the lamp figure has broken in two (the broken section does not accompany the piece) and all display general wear. 5) Circa 1876 metal "pitching" figure. This is a companion piece to the batting figures listed in the preceding description. The full-figure ballplayer is dressed in the same uniform style as the others; however, "C" is lettered on the front of the jersey (for Chicago) instead of "H." The Chicago team was one of the inaugural members of the National League in 1876. "Pat. Apld. For." is printed in raised relief along the base. The piece is mounted upon a circular base and displays wear. Height: 8.5 inches. 6) 1914 plaster baseball figure issued to commemorate the New York Giants/Chicago White Sox World Tour of 1914 features a ballplayer in uniform (generic) seated next to a large baseball, was produced as a commemorative souvenir for the New York homecoming dinner of the World's Tourists and is inscribed along the base "The Biltmore Home Coming Dinner - March 7, 1914." The piece (6 inches tall) displays moderate wear including some loss of finish. Included with the plaster statue are two circa 1915 figures of the same design (minus the engraved lettering) fashioned in metal, possibly intended to be bookends. 7) Circa 1920 figural ash bowl with silver-plated batting figure mounted upon a base. Stamped "C & S Co." on the underside. Height: 3 inches. 8) Circa 1930 Billy Sunday figural piece. The metal display pictures the "Pope of the Sawdust Trail" in relief as he prepares to pitch one in for the Lord. The base is inscribed "Billy Sunday - Driving it Home." Height: 9 inches. 9) Circa 1977 kinetic baseball figure by Gordon Bradt, features a ballplayer made of metal coils that "springs" into action when plugged in. Produced by Kinetico, Inc. Height: 8.5 inches. 10) "Blazin' One In" figural art piece: a bronze-colored baseball sculpture by artist Clem Spampinato (height: 9 inches) captures a pitcher in mid wind-up mounted on a 11-1/2 x 3-3/4 x 1 inch walnut stand. Accompanied by its original packaging box (14-1/2 x 13 x 6-3/4 inches) with a picture of the piece on the front along with its title ("Blazin' One In") and copyright date ("1953"). The statue is in Excellent condition overall, with just a few small areas of chipping to the finish. The wood base displays minimal wear. The box, which makes for an exceptional companion piece to the figure, exhibits light wear and is also in Excellent condition. 11-37) The remaining items are also of exceptional quality. Many, in fact, may have greater significance and value than the few detailed more thouroughly above. The balance includes a circa 1909 baseball figural andiron (an Americana classic, the baseball andiron is rusted but is still an impressive representative example); a second baseball figural andiron is also included which is far rarer and which we have never before seen (early twentieth century, very likely from the same era, but completely different in design from other examples previously encountered, freestanding, 17 inches tall, Ex); an extraordinary Jennings Brothers clock with figural batter; a figural elephant standing on a baseball that features a lamp fixture on top (most likely fashioned as a Philadelphia Athletics souvenir); comical copper figural batter with ashtray (1913 copyright Louis V. Aronson embossed on underside, appears to have also been designed for use as lighter), two exceptional early baseball bookends (each different, not a matched set); a small 1920s generic baseball trophy (engraving plate blank); a dog in baseball garb whose hat flips up to reveal a lighter (appears to be brass, great looking piece); a circa 1920s art-deco sliding figure mounted on a black lacquered base (9.5 x 6.5 x 2 inches); a ceramic chimp ashtray; a metal chimp windup figure (Japanese manufacturer, circa 1950s, not in working order, but based on response of all visitors, this is a highlight), and various other baseball figures fashioned out of metal, wood, and plaster, each special in some significant way, and very carefully chosen for inclusion. None of the figures stands taller than thirteen inches, with the smallest measuring three inches high. It should be noted that the three lamps in this collection do not include any wiring, stems, bulbs, shades etc. Very Good to Excellent condition overall. This impressive array would make a fascinating display in even the most advanced collection. Total: 37 items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,770.00
(Click the smaller thumbnails to the left and right (if any) to cycle through each photo in the gallery of images for this lot.)