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Large Framed Baseball Display Collection Spanning The Years 1880 to 1941 (28)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,856.00

The merit of a display piece is not always judged by its price tag. Case in point are the twenty-eight items offered here in this lot. While none of these pieces, in terms of strict value, is worthy of "stand alone" status in a premier auction such as this, that fact in no way negatively reflects upon their inherent aesthetic appeal, historical significance, and extraordinary display value. It should be noted that all of the pieces in this assemblage, which includes advertisements, art prints, newspapers, and photos, were carefully culled from our consignor's vast collection of display items of greater and lesser value, on the basis of their exceptional visual attributes. Our intent was to create a varied grouping that would instantly provide any collector or establishment with a substantial grouping of highly attractive and significant original baseball wall displays, many with an appeal for display as great or greater than recognized classics which can cost thousands of dollars each, but assembled with a sense of economy, and without sacrificing quality. Hopefully, we have succeeded in that task. The collection is highlighted by the appearance (either via photo or illustration) of a number of prominent Hall of Famers including Nap Lajoie (endorsing Coca-Cola), Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner, Grover Alexander, Hughie Jennings, Frank Chance, Joe Tinker and Wilbert Robinson. All but two of the pieces are framed (or matted and framed), and are thus ready for immediate display. Conditions range from Vg to Ex, unless otherwise noted. Dimensions given are in inches and represent the visible dimensions of the actual piece; they do not include the measurement of the respective frame. The lot can be viewed in its entirety online. 1) Circa 1880 "J. & D. Parlor Base Ball Game" advertising flyer. The flyer pictures an illustration of the rare game and describes its many features. 8.24 x13.75. Gd-Vg. 2) 1885 newspaper supplement from The National Police Gazette: New York. The supplement features portrait engravings of the 1885 Chicago White Stockings including Anson, Kelly, Spalding, Clarkson, Sunday, Williamson and Pfeffer. 22.5 x 16.5. Gd, with tape residue and areas of discoloration. 3) 1888 Harper's Weekly cover (Saturday, July 28, 1888). The cover features a colorized engraving of a player at bat. 9.5 x 14.5. 4-9) 1880s illustrated pictorial scrapbook titled Our National Game. The cover of the book, as well as the five interior color plates, have each been individually matted and framed. The plates are titled, respectively, "Fly Ball" (Gd), "Caught Between Bases," "Wild Pitch," "Foul Ball" and "Home Run." Each 10 x 13. 10) Circa 1880s baseball handkerchief. The white cloth handkerchief features a game-in-progress scene bordered by player images and a baseball bat motif. 12 x 12. A few minor areas of discoloration are present. Not framed. 11) Circa 1900 cloth baseball textile with colorful image of a female batter surrounded by a number of comical baseball rebuses. 22 x 22. 12) Circa 1900 baseball photo display. This unique display features two colorized photos of a young boy at the plate, one picturing him happy and smiling, the other, sad and dejected. The photos are housed in their original wood frame. Below the smiling image a plaque has been attached that reads "Hope of His Side." Below the dejected photo is a plate that reads "Struck Out." Each photo measures 6.75 x 8.75. Gd, with some mild staining to both. 13) Circa 1906 baseball pillowcase. This attractive piece of folk art was obviously created by a Cubs fan, as the design features the club's familiar cub bear standing at the plate with an oversized bat. 20 x 18. Displays some minor areas of discoloration. 14) Circa 1906 Coca-Cola magazine advertisement featuring Nap Lajoie. 10 x 15. 15) 1909 newspaper page from The New York Herald (Sunday, May 13, 1909). The page features a large article on John McGraw and features both a photo and colorized illustration of the Hall of Fame manager. 16 x 21. 16) 1910 Recreation magazine advertisement for Gillette safety razors. Featured in the ad are illustrated likenesses of Honus Wagner, Hughie Jennings, Johnny Kling, Frank Chance and Wild Bill Donovan. 13 x 9. 17) Circa 1912 advertising page from a Tailor's catalog. The page features photos of Ty Cobb (with his son Tyrus Jr.), George Stovall, and Vean Gregg. 15.5 x 19.5. Displays minor foxing and light soiling. 18) 1910 newspaper page from The New York Herald (Sunday, April 11, 1910). The page features the words and music to the song "Dolly Dip - A Touch of Tango Makes the Whole World Spin." Beautifully illustrated by Herman Hirschauer. 15.5 x 21. 19-20) Two circa 1915 magazine/newspaper ads for Shredded Wheat. Produced by The Shredded Wheat Company, Niagara Falls, N.Y., the two similarly designed ads each feature an illustrated baseball image. One depicts a batter while the other pictures a player sliding into a base. Each measures 9.5 x 13.5. 21) Circa 1915 baseball art print. The attractive print is titled "Strike Three" in the lower left and pictures a pitcher in his follow-through motion. 10.25 x 10.25. 22) Circa 1917 Tuxedo Tobacco magazine advertisement featuring testimonials and portrait photos of Wilber Robinson, Ty Cobb, Grover Alexander, Joe Tinker, Christie Mathewson, and Hughie Jennings. 10.25 x 13. 23) Circa 1920 newspaper advertisement for Cat's Paw Cushion Rubber Heels featuring testimonials and portrait photos of John McGraw, Pat Moran, William Gleason and Walter Johnson. 24) Circa 1920s advertising broadside for Chero-Cola with a ballplayer and female fan each enjoying a bottle of Chero-Cola. 10.25 x 15.5. 25) Circa 1920s Bull Durham magazine advertisement. 8 x 11. 26) Circa 1920s baseball textile. This large textile features a number of baseball vignettes, all of which depict players adorned in nineteenth-century baseball garb. Despite that fact, the piece appears to originate from a later period. 35 x 18.5. 27) Circa 1930 Wrigley's Chewing Gum cardboard advertising sign. The comical ad features a ball player about to be hit in the head with a line drive while a woman in the stands offers him a stick of Double Mint gum, stating "Take my Double Mint. You're Going To Need It." The notation next to the "screaming liner" reads "Compliments of Hack Wilson." 21 x 11. With three small tack holes and a few areas of light discoloration. Not framed. 28) 1941 newspaper supplement issued in commemoration of Lou Gehrig's death. 9.5 x 13. Please note: due to the number of framed items in this collection, the shipping charges for this lot (depending on where it is sent and method of shipping) may be substantial. Total: 28 pieces. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000.

Additional images are available at http://photos.yahoo.com/reaphotos. SOLD FOR $1,856.00


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