Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hunt Auctions: An Ebbets Field Brooklyn Bum Bank

After all of the excitement and hoopla surrounding the recent Dodgers signings, I love having the opportunity to take a moment to sit down and window shop current sports memorabilia auctions.  It is a happy diversion. 

This morning, I bring to you a small lot of Baseball treasures at Hunt Auctions.  It includes a circa 1910's Reach "Official Indoor Base Ball", a Nokona G57 Carl Erskine model Baseball glove signed by the former Dodgers, and an unusual little statue of a long-bearded fellow holding a Ebbets Field sign. 

The glove and ball are hardly remarkable; save the fact that they are vintage and would be great display pieces.  The statue, on the other hand, is quite unique.  At least to me, it's unique.  This is the first time I have seen this piece.  The auction description indicates that it is circa 1940's to 1950's and is actually a coin bank.  There isn't a photo of the reverse, but I imagine there is a coin slot on the back of his head.  It is indicated as being made by Norcrest China Company and is likely made of ceramic.  It may have also been originally made in Japan - Norcrest had exported much of their manufacturing to there.  Norcrest is noted for marketing giftware to gift shops and large retailers across the country.

Obviously, the character in the bank is meant to represent the Brooklyn Dodgers Bum. He looks like he's sitting on the side of the road waiting for a lift to the game. 
(auction link)

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