Friday, August 02, 2013

Legendary Auctions At the National - Some Baseball Historic Items

The National Sports Collectors Convention isn't just about autographs and Baseball cards.  There are also a couple of auctions taking place.  Last night, Heritage held their auction that featured Eddie Gaedel's Baseball bat and the Sam Snead collection.  See Beckett's story here.  Tonight, Legendary Auctions is holding their event.  Earlier this week I featured the Jackie Robinson Day commemorative watch that was given to Jackie during his rookie season that's for sale.  Today, I focus on 3 historic Baseball items that I thought were too cool not to share. See them below.

Here is a Harry Wright Hall of Fame Induction plaque.  He is known as the "Father of Professional Baseball".  This plaque was made by the same company that the HOF uses and is believed to have been made for the HOF, but was decommissioned due to an error in the engraving.  Notice the misspelling of the word "undfeated" on the second line.
(action Link)

Below is a final out game used Baseball from Game 7 of the 1903 World Series signed and notated by winning pitcher Cy Young.  Via the auction description:
Game 7 pitted Boston's ace, Cy Young, against the Pittsburg iron man, Deacon Phillippe. Young prevailed to be named the contest's winner, and the upstart Red Sox took a four-games-to-three lead in the scheduled best-of-nine series. The well-used ball is annotated in Young's hand, "Game 7 last out ball, 1903 Boston BBC Worlds Champions, Young vs Phillippe." On the adjacent sweet spot is the signature of Cy Young, himself. As was typical for the time, the ball was probably used for most or all of the game ... and it shows the scars. The previously unbeaten Phillippe was greeted by back-to-back triples in the first inning by Jimmy Collins and Chick Stahl. Others who undoubtedly touched or hit this ball were Pirates Honus Wagner, Ginger Beaumont and Fred Clarke as well as Boston's Freddie Parent and Candy LaChance. A similar ball with similar notations from Game 1 of the 1903 Series (also pitched by Young and Phillippe) resides in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
(Auction Link)

Below is an imperial cabinet card of the 1887 Detroit Wolverines that features Ned Hanlon, Dan Brouthers, Deacon White and Sam Thompson.  This season they won the NL Championship, and then proceeded to defeat the American Association’s St. Louis Browns in a very early version of the World Series.

(Auction Link)

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National Envy has Set In - Here are More Pics and Links Found Online

It looks like Day 2 of the National Sports Collectors Convention was better than the first.  Below are some links about the National.
Here are more pics to wet your whistle.

That is one tiny Major League bat, above!  BTW, the Gaedel bat sold for a little over $44k.  I'm amazed it's taken this long for Spahn's collection to his the auction circuit.

I want this card badly.  You just can't beat a Jackie and Satchel autographed card.

Let's play 2!

I love this vintage equipment display.

Here's another great looking table.

Here's some 19th Century Baseball cards.  On the top left is a stack of T3 Turkey Red cabinet cards.  On the far bottom right is a Mayo Cut plug.  The rest of the cards are Old Judge tobacco cards.

How about some cigar boxes?

Do you see the Red Barber (the former Brooklyn Dodger announcer and mentor to Vin Scully) board game beloow?

How about some Beanch Warmer ladies?

BTW, below is what the Yasiel Puig Bowman Platinum National Convention wrapper redemption card looks like.

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Blog Kiosk: 8/2/2013 - Dodgers Links - Clayton Kershaw, Puig Juggling and the Sandlot

Public Enemy No. 1, Clayton Kershaw.  Pic via Dodgers tumblr.
"It's hard to compare anybody that was as good as Kersh," the Dodgers manager said Thursday. "Kersh, at this point, is just different. The guys I've seen, it's hard to say anybody's better than that guy."
  • "VIDEO: Vin Scully gets a rare opportunity to call Mariano Rivera," via Mike Axisa at CBS Sports.
  • Check out some photo's from yesterday's game via the Chicago Tribune.
  • "Oh Look, Here's Yasiel Puig Juggling A Baseball With Cristiano Ronaldo," via Greg Howard at Deadspin.
  • The Yasiel Puig 2013 Bowman Platinum Superfractor has just been graded.  Via Andy Broome on twitter.  See it at right.  Click to embiggen.
  • "Dodgers must continue to compete: Mattingly deserves to have option picked up but the team can't let up now," via Ramona Shelburne at ESPN.
"It was definitely us kind of saying to each other, 'We're going to lose a good man here because of our failures,' " Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. "We can't use our health as an excuse. Whoever is in the room, whatever 25-man roster we have, it's up to them to step up and not just save our manager, but save our season. He shouldn't ever be a fall guy for our mistakes. He's been the same consistent person since I met him back in 2008. He's always optimistic, always looking for the good in people, never negative. If you can't play for that, you can't play for anybody."
Before Bo Jackson, there was Drungo LaRue Hazewood. A two-sport star in high school so athletically gifted that USC wanted to make him their starting tailback, and the Baltimore Orioles made him their first round pick in 1977.
  • I'm not sure if this is a joke, or what.  Topps made this recent announcement.

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