Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Right Handed Koufax Doll and Vintage Dodgers Cartoons at Hunt Auctions

Hunt Auctions out of Philadelphia is currently running their February online sale and it includes a bunch of great vintage Dodgers items.  In fact, there are well over 100 lots to go through.  Below are a few of my favorites.

Who doesn't love bobbleheads?  They might be the greatest fan souvenir ever made.  On the other hand, in this particular lot a vintage 1960's era "golden base" nodder is overshadowed by a doll that is well over twice its size.  Featured below is an Dodgers doll that is meant to represent the great Sandy Koufax; as evidenced by the #32 on the uniform.  Although, there is one glaring problem.  This doll is of an right-handed player.  As you surely know, Koufax was a lefty.  Nevertheless, I suspect the combined collecting power of the bobble and the doll will translate into a hefty price.
(Auction Link)

Check out this fantastic illustration that celebrates the 1956 World Series between the Yankees and Dodgers.  Unfortunately, the "Boys in Blue" lost the series in seven games.  The drawing was done by an artist named BROB.  I am unsure who this is.  If you happen to know please pass that along.
(Auction Link)

Below is an editorial cartoon by famed Los Angeles Examiner artist Karl Hubenthal.  It is undated, but undoubtedly is from the 1950's - when the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn.  As you can see, it has the sportswriters in mind as it celebrates the upcoming "subway series" between the Dodgers and Yankees.  After all, the folks covering the games won't have to do much traveling to do their jobs.  The cartoon includes the following little ditty:
East Side, West Side --
Back and forth across the town...
No worries about reservations,
Or sleeper jumps to get us down...
No stories to file from upper berths,
Or time-tables that blow our cork...
We can cover the series and not have to leave
The sidewalks of New York!!
(Auction Link)

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