Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Lelands Auctions: Erskine No-Hitter Memorabilia & the Brooklyn Bum

Auction season just never ends.  Right now, Lelands is running their current offering and it includes some great vintage Dodgers memorabilia.  Heck, there's a large grouping from the Carl Erskine Collection and items from famed Dodger collector Sal LaRocca.  Check out some of the items that really shined below.

Carl Erskine threw 2 no-hitters in his career, and this auction includes unique memorabilia from both of them.  Below is from his first no-no, June 19, 1952.  It is his personal "Last Out" game used ball.  It has written on the side:
"6/19/52-Ebbets Field, Brooklyn vs. Cubs, Brooklyn 5-Cubs-0, No hit-no runs-time 1 hr 45 mins, 103 pitches."
The ball even has been signed by 11 of his teammates: Campanella, Robinson, Hodges, Furillo, Dressen, Snider, Reese, Pafko, Pitler, Cox, and Morgan.
(Auction Link)

This next item is as unique as it gets.  Below is the pitch chart drafted by Hall of Famer Don Drysdale during Erskine's 2nd no-hitter, May 12, 1956.  Per the auction description:
This is especially rare because manager Walter Alston was one of the first to have one of his off-day starters track another one's pitches.
(Auction Link)

I just can't stop myself from posting up original Willard Mullin artwork.  This drawing of the Brooklyn Dodger Bum was drawn in 1947 and is dedicated at the bottom to longtime Chicago Cubs broadcaster Jack Brickhouse.  Via the auction description:
Not only did the Cubs stop the Dodgers' win streak at 13 on August 1 of that year, Chicago swept the three-game set at Wrigley Field. Brooklyn would have the last laugh, however, winning the pennant a month later while the Cubs finished second with a record of 69-85.
(Auction Link)

Shown below is an original drawing that was used for one of my all time favorite Fall of Fame focused Baseball card sets.  The Callahan Hall of Fame set was produced from 1950 to 1956 and were originally sold at Cooperstown and various other Major League ballparks.  Featured here is the drawing for Hall of Fame Dodger coach Wilbert Robinson.  This item comes from the Sal LaRocca Collection.
(Auction Link)

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