Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Legendary Auctions: Dodgers Memorabilia Part 1

Legendary Auctions is about to run a new auction and provides a preview for collectors to look through.  Fortunately, there are a bunch of great Dodgers related memorabilia.  In fact, there is so much I wanted to share I decided to cut it up into a couple of post.  Here is Part 1.

Below is a 1915 Fatima cigarettes advertising poster that features three National League stars; most notably Hall of Fame Dodger Zach Wheat.  Along with Wheat, Red Smith of the Boston Braves and Gavvy Cravath of the Philadelphia Phillies represent the "'Strong Arm' Squad" of the National League.
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I really love this piece.  It is a 1912 S81 (the "S" denotes a silk product) Turkish Trophies tobacco premium featuring Brooklyn Robins pitcher Nap Rucker.  It measures  6-7/8" x 8-7/8" and was attained by submitting a certain number of coupons gotten from their cigarettes.  These are exceedingly rare and beautiful.
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The hardest thing about collecting autographs from deceased ballplayers is determining its authenticity.  Fortunately, with the below cancelled check signed by Jackie Robinson that is not a problem.  It comes with a letter of provenance directly from his wife, Rachel Robinson.
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I decided to go on a little tangent by including a memorabilia piece from my favorite all-time hockey player.  Below is a "Team of the Century" trophy given to former LA Kings star center Marcel Dionne.  It celebrates Canada's greatest hockey team, the 1972 Team Canada club that faced off against the Russians during the famed 1972 Summit Series.  Most Americans have no clue what this event is, but in Canada it brings out memories of joy and sheer happiness.  To Canadians, their victory over the mighty Russian team was like our 1980 gold medal Olympic victory in hockey. 

Marcel was just a rookie at the time, so he didn't play a minute of any of the 8 games.  Nevertheless, he was presented with this trophy when a statue memorializing  the victory was erected at the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000.
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