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Extraordinary Circa 1910-1935 Baseball Notepad Collection (18)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,900.00

Collection of eighteen baseball notepads including many extremely rare examples. This is by far the largest and finest collection of baseball notepads we have ever seen offered. Each of these notepads dates from the early part of the twentieth century (most 1910-1920 era, a few from the 1920s and 1930s) and features an illustration of a period baseball star(s) on the cover. In "the olden' days," notepads with popular stars such as Ty Cobb or Honus Wagner on their covers were understandably very popular with youngsters at school. Because of their intended use, however, few have survived, and collectors rarely even attempt to assemble a meaningful collection of these early school supply rarities. This collection was very carefully assembled by our consignor over a period of twenty years. Though it may seem modest in size at eighteen pieces, this lot actually represents one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of baseball notepads ever assembled. Among the highlights are a Dizzy and Daffy Dean salesman's sample notepad with six covers (one on top of another, as opposed to a single cover, which is the norm) designed to present the product to retailers for order, a Joe Jackson notepad, two Ty Cobb notepads, two Christy Mathewson notepads and two Honus Wagner notepads. 1) "Baseball," Honus Wagner and a game action scene, 6.75 x 8.5 inches, writing on cover and interior, cover intact but detached along spine, Vg-Ex. 2) "Fan Favorites," Honus Wagner, 6.75 x 8.25 inches, light pencil notation on interior page, EX. 3) "Favorites of the Diamond," Christy Mathewson, 6.75 x 8.25 inches, writing on cover and first page, corner chip in lower right, Vg. 4) "Play Ball," Christy Mathewson on front cover, Walter Johnson on back cover, 6.75 x 8.25 inches, writing on cover and interior, Ex. 5) "Base Ball Stars," Ty Cobb, 6 x 8.75 inches, Vg. 6) "Fan Favorites," Ty Cobb, 6.75 x 8.25 inches, writing on first page, Ex. 7) "Fan Favorites," Hugh Critz, 5.5 x 9 inches, interior water staining slightly touching on cover, Ex in appearance. 8) "Fan Favorites," Lefty Grove, 5.5 x 9 inches, very slight cover crease, Ex in appearance. 9) "Play Ball," Joe Jackson with small inset portraits of Tris Speaker, Edd Roush and Carl Mays, 8 x 10 inches, Ex-Mt. 10) "Play Ball," Roger Peckinpaugh with small inset portraits of Christy Mathewson, Grover Alexander and Hank Gowdy, 8 x 10 inches, Ex-Mt. 11) "Play Ball," Bill Rariden with small inset portraits of Hap Felsch, Ty Cobb and Ray Schalk, 8 x 10 inches, very slight age toning, otherwise Ex-Mt. 12) "Stars of the Diamond," Grover Alexander, 6.75 x 8.25 inches, writing on interior, slight area of paper residue (probably former price tag) on cover and split along spine, Ex in appearance. 13) "Dizzy and Daffy Pencil Tablet," Dizzy and Daffy Dean, 5.5 x 9 inches, this unique pad is a salesman's sample book, and features a cover with Dizzy and Daffy Dean on top, with five different additional cover designs beneath the top cover that were available to retailers. Four of the covers feature the brothers together, while the other two picture Dizzy alone. Ex-Mt. 14) "Base Ball Stars," Nap Lajoie, 6.75 x 8.25 inches, writing on cover and interior, retail stamp on cover, creasing and split along spine, Gd-Vg. 15) "Crack Batteries," Chief Bender and Ira Thomas, 6.75 x 8.25 inches, writing on cover and interior, covers intact but detached from spine, Vg-Ex in appearance. 16) "Stars of the Diamond," Eddie Collins, 6.75 x 8.25 inches, interior pad removed, otherwise Vg. 17) "Favorites of the Diamond," Bob O'Farrell, 6.75 x 8.25 inches, writing on interior, split along spine, Vg. 18) "Exciting Moments," unidentified game scene (titled "Safe on Second") on cover, light notation on cover, otherwise Ex. The collection can be viewed in its entirety on the internet. Total 18 notepads. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000.

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