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Circa 1930 Spalding Retail Banners (4)
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $6,517.50
Collection of four large Spalding retail banners, circa 1930, used to promote the company's diverse line of sporting goods. These are the first examples we have ever seen of these exceedingly large and fragile paper banners, each of which measures an impressive 25 x 36 inches. All of the banners are original as issued and include the wooden runner affixed to both the top and bottom border. Each banner is similar in design and features a beautiful illustration of a sport scene, with the respective Spalding product endorsement listed at the base. As noted either on the reverse or base, each banner was designed and lithographed by the Einson-Freeman Co. Inc., of New York. The collection is comprised of the following: 1) Football. Striking game-in-progress scene of a player being tackled. Bottom text reads "Spalding/Official/Football Equipment." Vg-Ex, with a three-inch edge tear in the upper left corner (repaired with clear tape on reverse), minor creases, and a few lesser edge tears. 2) Hockey. Illustration by MacRae Gillis of a New York Rangers hockey player using a Spalding "Tom Howard" endorsed stick. Bottom text reads "Spalding/Blue Streak Skates/(Hockey and Racing)/Used by Leading American and Professional Skaters." Ex. 3) Basketball. Beautiful illustration by Jay Weaver of a player shooting the ball. Bottom text reads "Spalding/Official/Basketball/Equipment." Vg-Ex, with a small small tear in the lower left corner (repaired with clear tape) and partial separation from the wooden runner along the base. 4) Basketball. Illustration of a game-in-progress scene by Macrae Gillis. Bottom text reads "Spalding/Official/Basketball Equipment." Vg, with two border tears (approximately four inches each; repaired with clear tape on reverse), moderate creases (one along the base reinforced on the front with clear tape), light staining, and a few lesser edge tears. It should be noted that despite the technically accurate grades for these banners, all of the central image areas are free of any significant defects and each presents magnificently as Excellent or better. This is a very impressive group (presumably a complete set) of extremely rare circa 1930 Spalding retail-store banners, the first we have seen, and which are ideal for display (as intended!). Total: 4 banners. Reserve $400. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $6,517.50
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