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Circa 1939 Hollywood Stars Game-Used Uniform Plus Vintage PCL Caps and Additional Rare Material From the Charlie Moncrief Collection
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,666
All of the items offered here were once the property of pitcher Charlie Moncrief, who played twelve seasons in the minor leagues between the years 1929 and 1941, and have been consigned to this auction directly from his family. While the highlight of the collection is a circa 1939 Hollywood Stars game-used uniform, also included are two caps, signed balls, and a number of other rare and interesting items dating from his professional career. 1) Circa 1939/1940 Hollywood Stars game-used uniform (jersey and pants). Charlie Moncrief only played with the Hollywood Stars in 1939 and 1940, which narrows the jersey's season of use to one of those two years. The grey flannel jersey is lettered "Hollywood" across the front and features the number "15" on the reverse. All letters are appliquéd in two-color blue chenille on white felt, while all numerals are appliquéd in three-color blue-on-white chenille, on blue felt. A "Wilson" label and adjacent "42" size tag are located in the collar. The matching grey-flannel pants feature blue piping down the side of each leg and blue belt loops. A "Wilson" label and adjacent "36" size tag appear in the waistband. Both garments are original and unaltered, displaying heavy wear throughout, including light-to-moderate soiling, some minor fraying to a few of the letters/numerals and piping, and a few small tears. Pacific Coast League garments, especially those dating prior to 1950, are both rare and desirable. Accompanied by a vintage newspaper clipping picturing Moncrief and his teammates wearing this style uniform. This is not only the earliest Hollywood Stars uniform we can ever recall seeing, but one of the finest as well, especially when one considers its outstanding provenance. 2) Circa 1939/1940 Hollywood Stars game-used cap. The red wool cap features a white chenille star on the front and and is segmented by six strands of white piping emanating equidistant from the white button on the top. "Genuine Soil-Less Leather" is stamped on the interior leather headband. The stitch outline of what appears to be the number "26" is also evident on the headband. No manufacturer's tag is present. The hat displays heavy wear, including a tear in the rear of the headband, but is otherwise in fine condition. Based upon our research, this appears to be the club's home cap, which went with the club's white-and-red home uniform. Accompanied by a vintage newspaper clipping, picturing Moncrief and his teammates wearing this style cap. 3) Circa 1934/1935 Oklahoma City Indians game-used cap. Moncrief only played with the Oklahoma City Indians of the Texas League in 1934 and 1935, thus reliably dating this cap to one of those two seasons. The black wool cap features the intertwined letters "OC" on the front in red felt. "Spalding" is stamped on the leather headband. The cap displays heavy wear but is otherwise in fine condition. 4-7) Four multi-signed baseballs. Three of the balls are team-signed balls, while the fourth appears to be just a collection of signatures. Comprised of: 1935 Oklahoma City Indians (year and team noted on ball), champions of the Texas League. Nineteen blue or black ink signatures (averaging "6"), including Moncrief, Johnny Niggeling, and few other players who eventually made it to the majors. No manufacturer's stampings are visible. VG; 1936 Kansas City Blues (year and team noted on ball) of the American Association. Eighteen blue-ink signatures (averaging "2"), including Moncrief, Wilcy Moore, Hal Smith, and Red Evans. Manufacturer's stampings have faded beyond legibility. VG; 1937 Portland Beavers (year and team noted on ball) of the PCL. Eighteen black-ink signatures (averaging "6"), including Moncrief, Pete Coscarart, Whitey Hilcher, Al Shealy, Mike Tresh, Johnny Frederick, and Ad Liska. On an official Pacific Coast League (Tuttle) ball. Gd-Vg; the fourth ball is an official Pacific Coast League (Tuttle) ball signed in either blue or black ink (averaging "5") by fourteen individuals, including a few women. VG. 8-10) Three rare and unusual "Good Luck" coins or tokens. Two are similar in design and size (1.25 inches in diameter), while the third (1.5 inches in diameter) was a promotional piece issued by Mobil Gas. The two smaller pieces each feature Moncrief's name written in relief along the edge. One reads "K C Ball Club" (dating it to either 1936 or 1937; the only two years in which Moncrief played with Kansas City) and the other reads "1941 Indians" (Moncrief played with the Indianapolis Indians of the American Association in 1941). The larger coin features the Mobil Gas name and symbol on one side and a listing of all of the Kansas City Blues' home games on the reverse (once again dating it to either 1936 or 1937). Each is in Very Good condition overall, with moderate handling wear. 11-12) Two small silks. The first (1.5 x 8 inches) reads "Zellerbach Baseball Team/Winners of the Commercial League Pennant/1928"; Vg-Ex, with numerous creases. This silk was probably issued by a semipro club, as it predates Moncrief's professional career. The second (2.25 x 7 inches) reads "Fresno Baseball Team/A. E. O. S./Sciots." Below the lettering is a depiction of a pyramid with the number "10" written inside. The Fresno Sciots were a local Twilight League club and this silk most likely dates from the 1930s. (A. E. O. S. stands for Ancient Egyptian Order of Sciots and this silk was issued by "Pyramid 10" in the order.) VG, with a few small tears. 13-16) Four H&B souvenir mini bats. Two of the bats feature the name "Chas. Moncrief" stamped on the barrel. The third features the stamped facsimile signature of Marty Hopkins while the fourth bears the stamped facsimile signature of Ham Schulte. Both Hopkins and Schulte, each of whom played in the Majors, were teammates of Moncrief with Kansas City in 1936 and 1937, which is probably when these bats were produced. Interestingly, according to Moncrief, as recalled by the family members, these bats were commonly traded amongst the players and kept as souvenirs. Each bat measures approximately sixteen inches and displays moderate wear, including a few minor scratches. 17) 1930 postcard picturing Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. Moncrief's handwritten note on the reverse reads "Came to L-A 2-23-30 started spring training 24. 75 players reported first day." Vg. Total: 17 items. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,666
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