Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dodgers Vintage Memorabilia at REA Auctions - The Oddball Stuff

This is my final post featuring Dodger memorabilia that can be found in REA's Spring auction.  Go here to take a look at my past post on this auction.  Below, I feature some of the more oddball Dodger collectibles.

This first item is entirely new to me.  It is a complete set of ten wrappers from a 1948 Blony Bubble Gum series entitled "Roger the Rookie Dodger."  It's a long lost Bowman issue.  From the auction description:
This set features baseball lessons presented by the 1948 Brooklyn Dodgers spring-training staff and Manager Leo Durocher presented in "comic book form" printed directly on the wrappers... Blony Bubble Gum was the primary brand of gum used by Bowman with their early trading cards, similar to the Bazooka brand utilized by Topps (interestingly, for two decades after it purchased Bowman in 1956, Topps continued to use Blony and Bazooka simultaneously). We have known about this very set for decades but it has never been documented in books (including The Standard Catalog) let alone checklisted, and we can find no record of the set having actually been issued. The idea that the set was never issued is consistent both with its extreme rarity and with the fact that these large wax wrappers (each are 7 x 12 inches) are perfectly flat "proof" wrappers that have obviously never been wrapped around gum as intended.
(Auction Link)

Below are a couple of great vintage Dodger postcards.  At top is an advertising postcard for Bowman's Cocktail Lounge in New York.  Featured are Roy Campanella, Dan Bankhead, Don Newcombe, and Jackie Robinson with Lawson Bowman.  Below that is a business postcard for Roy Campanella's Wine and Liquors in New York City. 
(Auction Link)

The clubhouse sign below hung at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida, circa 1960's. 
(Auction Link)

Below is a 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers Tour of Japan Airplane Bag and money purse.

This might be the best item of all.  Below is a circa 1950's Ebbets Field usher/vendor's cap and badge (pin). 
(Auction Link)

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