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"Baseball Display Table" Owned by Barry Halper
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,581.25
Barry Halper's famed baseball collection was unique in many ways, including that the vast majority of his items were on permanent display in his home. It should come as no surprise, then, that he often bought or had furniture custom-made that would complement his baseball decor. Offered here is one such piece: a "baseball" table that also doubles as a decorative display case. The table, which measures 34 (W) x 34 (D) x 15 (H) inches, is constructed of wood and features a hollow interior for the display of baseball material. Both the lining of the interior base and all four interior sides are decorated with "Astroturf." The heavy glass top, which rests upon the frame, features a frosted design that mimics a baseball diamond, complete with bases, foul lines and coaching boxes. This piece was for years a central feature of Barry's collection (residing in the center of one of the main "showrooms" in his house) and was often prominently pictured in various magazine articles and television segments over the years. Barry originally had this table designed to house his world-class collection of Hartland baseball statues and, over the years, the case came to include balls, gloves, watches, and decorative advertising signs. Barry parted with the Hartland statues in 1999 during the initial offering of his collection, but he kept the table and many of the other display pieces in it. In addition to the table itself, this lot consists of the following: 1) an original 1928 Lucky Strike Cigarettes trolley car advertising sign (21 x 11 inches) featuring Tony Lazzeri (Vg, with a few light-to-moderate vertical creases and corner wear). Because of its ideal size, this sign (like the others also included) has always provided a perfect "stadium background" to the interior of the baseball display table since its "Hartland statue days." 2) a circa 1930s Chesterfield Cigarettes trolley car advertising sign (21 x 11 inches, Vg, with tape residue and resultant small tear in the upper right corner and light creasing throughout). 3-4) two identical circa 1940s double-sided subway car signs (11 x 11 inches). The front reads "Baseball - Ladies Day Every Friday Polo Grounds or Yankee Stadium - Train 'CC' to Ball Parks," while the reverse reads "No Baseball Game Today." Two metal grommets appear along the top for hanging. One grades Vg-Ex, while the other is Vg. 5-9) Five baseballs in their original boxes (all averaging Ex) comprised of a "Lou Burdette Official League Baseball," an "Official Charlie O. Finley Baseball" (orange baseball), a circa 1960s Wiffle ball endorsed on the box by Kaline, Adcock, Turleya and Cimoli, a special Mickey Mantle official American League baseball, and a special official National League ball commemorating the series in Mexico between the Mets and Padres in 1996. 10-31) Twenty-two souvenir balls featuring the stamped signatures of various teams (averaging Ex). The table is in Excellent to Mint condition, while the glass top displays a few light scratches. This is a unique piece, significant for its baseball-theme design, offering the dual functionality of both a table and display case, and accompanied by the very special provenance of having been so prominently displayed for decades in the famed Barry Halper Collection. Accompanied by an 8 x 10-inch black-and-white photo of Barry posing in front of the table. Please Note: Due to the size and/or weight of this lot shipping costs (depending on where it is sent and its method of shipping) may be substantial. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,581.25
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