Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Couple Fantastic Oddball Dodger Pieces at Hunt Auctions

Auction season is in full swing. Just about every major sports auction house is hosting a collectors sale and I can barely find the time to post about them all. Have no fear though, I will endeavor to share my favorites over the coming days.

For instance, check out this weird thing I spotted at Hunt's current Internet sports auction.

What the heck is this?

It's a ol' Philco TV (circa 1940's or '50's?) that has been gutted of all of its electronic insides and replaced with a light and an image of Roy Campanella at-bat. (auction link) As you can see, Campy is in the midst of taking a mighty swing. It also reminds me of the 1955 Bowman Baseball card set -- that uses an television like this in its design.

This is one of the more unusual things I've ever seen. I guess it should be consider some sort of "folk art"... Or maybe it's best to look at it as an creation by a very fervent Dodger fan with a ton of time on their hands. Either way, I love it, and as soon as I can figure out how big it is (shipping could be expensive) I'll then consider making a bid.

Another item available at Hunts is the below original undated Willard Mullin drawing. (auction link) It makes note of those cheatin' St. Louis birds currently residing in first place -- basically calling them con men. It states in the lead caption:
St. Louis shifty, the old Mississippi card sharp, is working the pacific coast trying to con the tough guys... A three night stand in L.A., then up to Frisco for four sessions...
Unfortunately, we don't know the exact date or year this drawing makes reference to, but it's safe to say it's from 1958 or later.

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