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1911 T205 GOLD BORDER NEAR MASTER SET(216/220)

1911 T205 GOLD BORDER NEAR MASTER SET(216/220), The American Tobacco Co. spared no expense in the production of their 1911 series that came to be known as T205s. Known for their bright color, superbly detailed portraits, and gold metallic-like borders, their artistry broke new ground. Three leagues are represented in the series (AL, NL and Minor Leaguers) distinguished by separate design elements such as different frame motifs and the utilization of all the Major League Team emblems and mascots. The issue presents many challenges to modern day collectors including many printing variations and their highly condition sensitive nature. This outstanding medium grade set is missing only the Hoblitzell (No Stats), Hoblitzell (No Cin), Moran (Stray Line) and Wilhelm (Suffered) for total completion. Very consistent at the EX/EX+ level, the majority of cards fall within the VG to EX-MT range. Keys are: Baker PSA 5 EX, Bender PSA 5 EX, Bresnahan (Mouth Closed) PSA 5(MK) EX, Bresnahan (Mouth Open) PSA 5 EX, Brown PSA 5 EX, Chance (Looks EX but borders RECOLORED), Cicotte PSA 7 NM, Clarke PSA 5 EX, Cobb PSA 5 EX, E. Collins(Mouth Closed) PSA 5 EX, J. Collins PSA 5 EX, Duffy PSA 5(MK) EX, Evers PSA 5 EX, Gray (Stats in Back) PSA 1 P-F, Griffith PSA 5 EX, Hoblitzell (No CIN after 1908 Stats) PSA 6(MC) EX-MT, Johnson PSA 6 EX-MT, Joss PSA 5 EX, Marquard TRIMMED, Mathewson PSA 2 GD, McGraw PSA 4 VG-EX, Shean (Cubs) PSA 2 GD, Speaker PSA 5 EX, Suggs PSA 5 EX, Tinker PSA 5 EX, Wagner PSA 4 VG-EX, Wallace (No Cap, 1 Line 1910 Stats) PSA 1 P-F, Wallace (No Cap, 2 Lines 1910 Stats) PSA 3 VG, Wallace (With Cap) PSA 5 EX, Young PSA 4 VG-EX.

  • USAUSA
  • 2007-06-05
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Wilt Chamberlain’s 1959 Philadelphia Warriors Rookie Uniform

Wilt Chamberlain’s 1959 Philadelphia Warriors Rookie Uniform, In the 1959-60 NBA season, the widely heralded Wilt Chamberlain finally made his debut as an NBA player, starting for the Philadelphia Warriors. The Warriors’ draft pick was highly unusual, as it was a so-called “territorial pick” despite the fact Chamberlain had spent his college years in Kansas. However, Warriors owner Eddie Gottlieb, one of the NBA's founding fathers, argued that Chamberlain had grown up in Philadelphia and had become popular there as a high school player. Because there were no NBA teams in Kansas, he argued, the Warriors held his territorial rights and could draft him. The NBA agreed, marking the only time in NBA history that a player was made a territorial selection based on his pre-college roots. From the beginning, Chamberlain brought a level of domination to the game which had seldom been seen before. In his rookie season, Chamberlain averaged an incredible 37.6 points and 27.0 rebounds, obliterating the previous regular-season records. He won both the NBA Most Valuable Player and NBA Rookie of the Year awards, a feat only equaled by fellow Hall-of-Famer Wes Unseld in the 1968-69 NBA season. By the time he concluded his 14-year career, Chamberlain would rewrite the NBA record books. Chamberlain holds 46 official NBA all-time records,among them 25 regular-season records,setting new precedents in many scoring, rebounding and durability categories. Among others, he is the only player in NBA history to average more than 50 points in a season or score 100 points in a single game. He also won seven scoring, nine field goal percentage, and eleven rebounding titles, and once even led the league in assists.Although his individual feats are often used to define his greatness,Chamberlain helped his teams win. Wilt “The Stilt” appeared in the NBA Finals six times, winning two NBA titles. Chamberlain was subsequently enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978, elected into the NBA's 35th Anniversary Team of 1980, and chosen as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. This Wilt Chamberlain's 1959 Philadelphia Warriors road uniform was worn during his historic first season in the league. On the inside back tail of the jersey is the "Pearson" label and next to this is a blue patch with "13 40 59" done in white chain stitch and denoting the player number, size, and year respectively. Across the front of the jersey is "Phila." His player number "13" appears on both the front and back of the shirt. All the letters and numbers are made of white tackle twill on a red tackle twill backing. Included with the uniform are matching blue satin trunks. On the inside is a blue patch with "13 36 4 59" done in white chain stitch and denoting the player number, waist size, 4 extra inches in the rise, and the year respectively. Below are three tags. The first is a tag stating "Long," the second is the "Pearson" label, and the last is the size "36." Wilt’s rookie uniform shows magnificent game wear, and stands among the premier basketball artifacts extant. LOAs from MEARS (A10) and Grey Flannel.

  • USAUSA
  • 2007-06-05
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Roullet et Decamps Automaton of the Dancer Loie Fuller

Roullet et Decamps Automaton of the Dancer Loie Fuller, with bisque socket head impressed 2, closed mouth, fixed brown feathered eyes, pierced ears, chestnut hair wig, bisque shoulder plate and forearms, dancing on the tip of a papier-mâché moon with articulated eye and darting tongue, the going-barrel movement playing two waltzes (on one revolution) and causing Loie to pirouette on her right leg, balancing with her left, bending at the waist and turning her head, while the moon rolls his eye and sticks out his tongue, sometimes to her face and sometimes behind her back, in pale pink silk costume decorated with flowers and glass beads, lace underskirt and Eau de Nil satin slippers, ht. 24 in., (professionally restored overall). Note: Inspired by the American dancer Marie Louise (Loie) Fuller, this piece was a combination of the fin de siecle interest in dance, movement and the moon that particularly attracted French automata makers. The three major late 19th century Parisian makers, Gustave and Henri Vichy, Roullet et Decamps, and Leopold Lambert, all produced their own versions of the moon theme, and all three also pursued their own interpretation of the graceful dancer. Born in the Chicago suburb of Fullersburg, Illinois, in 1862, Loie began her career as a child actress and later choreographed and performed her own dances in burlesque and circus shows. She was well-known in Europe for her floating silk costumes and dramatic theatrical lighting techniques, particularly in Paris where she was a regular performer at the Folies Bergeres, with acts such as the Fire Dance and Salome. Although Roullet et Decamps catalogues advertised automata based on celebrities of the day, for example Little Titch, or Paula and Nala Damajanti imortalized as the Snake Charmer, these portrait pieces seem to have been produced in very limited quantities, and possibly only on commission. Literature: Bailly, Automata, the Golden Age, p. 309 for the maker's catalogue description of this piece.

  • USAUSA
  • 2006-07-29
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1922 babe ruth multi-signed contract amendment

Of all the larger than life athletes that dominated the roaring twenties -- Red Grange, Jack Dempsey, Bobby Jones, Bill Tilden, Man o' War -- none was bigger than Babe Ruth. In Ruth, Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert had both a player of unrivaled ability and a gate attraction unmatched in the history of American spectator sports. He also had a manchild whose gargantuan appetites, charisma, and ego kept the media scurrying in the wake of his latest generosities and indiscretions. Of Ruth’s constant carousing, roommate Ping Bodie once famously quipped, "I don't room with him. I room with his suitcase." In April of 1922, the Yankees signed Babe Ruth to a three-year contract for a salary of $52,000 per year. The odd salary figure was reached based on Ruth’s simplistic desire to receive the round sum of $1,000 per week. Though it was the highest salary for a ballplayer up to that time, and equal to about 40 percent of the entire Yankees payroll, owner Jacob Ruppert was happy to oblige. However, the 1922 season would see Ruth’s excessive behavior come to a head. The late nights and the Babe’s unbridled gluttony took its toll on Ruth physically, while his notorious disregard for authority resulted in dissention throughout the club. Ruth's health and his continued defiance of manager Miller Huggins resulted in fines and even a suspension. The same Ruth who would happily spend hours of free time with needy children was ejected from games for feuding with umpires and regularly engaging in heated exchanges with heckling fans. Ruth, who was used to being the fan favorite, began hearing boos. His stats plummeted, dropping him to third in homers (with thirty-five) and out of the top five for RBI's (with ninety-nine). Given all this, the Yankees still managed to hold onto their American League crown and prepared for a rematch against the defending World Champion New York Giants. The Yankees were dispatched in five games. Ruth’s miseries continued, with Giants pitching holding baseball's greatest slugger to two hits in seventeen at-bats for a .118 average in the series. The Bambino had hit a low point, personally and professionally. Soon after the season ended Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert took drastic action. The result was this five-page amendment to Ruth’s contract that was drafted and signed on November 13, 1922. In the season prior Ruth had been fined a grand total of $9,000 by the team, which had been deducted from his salary. The amendment allowed Ruth to be repaid that amount along with establishing a revised pay schedule based on defined “regulations” which Ruth had to abide by. Among these outlined in the offered document include abstaining entirely from the use of intoxicating liquors and not staying up past 1:00 am. Both Ruppert and Ruth have initialed the first, second, and fourth pages in black ink (“GHR”, averaging 8/10). The document has been signed on the final page in black ink by “Geo. H. Ruth” (9/10), and “Jacob Ruppert” (8/10). It has been notarized and features several handwritten changes throughout. There are slight tears along the fold lines, otherwise the contract is in excellent condition. Its original envelope is included. The impact of this historic maneuver on the part of Ruppert is legion. The following season marked the opening of Yankees Stadium. A revitalized Bambino christened “The House That Ruth Built” with a historic home run on opening day of baseball's grand cathedral. He would go on to enjoy his finest season In 1923, hitting .393, with 41 homers and 131 RBI on his way toward winning the league’s Most Valuable Player award. In their brand new stadium (which featured crowds in excess of 62,000 and over $1 million dollars in ticket sales) Babe Ruth led the Yankees to a division title by sixteen games. He also exorcised his post-season demons carrying the Yankees to a World Series title, hitting three home runs, a triple, a double and two singles while batting .368 in a six game series over the Giants. This historic document represents a critical turning point, if not salvation, of the most prolific career in sports history. LOA: PSA/DNA.

  • USAUSA
  • 2005-06-10
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1927 babe ruth and lou gehrig signed barnstorming photograph

This famous photograph captures the two great sluggers together during their heralded barnstorming tour following the 1927 season.  Ruth and Gehrig were all smiles, as they toured the country in the wake of the greatest season enjoyed by any team in baseball history. The "Bustin' Babes" and "Larrupin Lou's" tour was wildly successful and provided fans in cities without major league teams a rare opportunity to see the great Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in action. A largely profitable trip, it is said that Gehrig earned more on these barnstorming trips than he made while playing for the Yankees. This photo was a promotional item distributed in conjunction with the tour, and a popular vehicle for obtaining the duos coveted signatures. This photo has been generally regarded as the finest known dual signed example. It is rare among the population of signed "Bustin' Babes" and "Larrupin Lou's" photos seen in the marketplace to find non-personalized examples, signed by both Ruth and Gehrig. Furthermore, because most were originally obtained by children, they commonly show extensive handling wear and soiling. This photo remains remarkably clean and bright, with superb image quality.  The actual signatures of Ruth and Gehrig are boldly rendered (each 9/10) beneath their pre-printed facsimile inscriptions. A faint vertical crease in the upper right quadrant is visible upon close inspection, and only a trace amount of wear and foxing is mostly relegated to the margins. LOAs from PSA/DNA and JSA.

  • USAUSA
  • 2006-06-24
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Outstanding 1966 mickey mantle h&b game used bat

Mickey Mantle was a star from the start, parlaying a talent for the game and boyish good looks into iconic status. In spite of a series of devastating injuries, Mantle accumulated a long list of impressive accomplishments, finishing his 18-year career with 536 home runs and a .298 batting average. The switch-hitting "Commerce Comet" won three MVP awards and a Triple Crown (1956). He contributed to 12 pennants and seven World Series titles in his first 14 seasons while establishing numerous World Series records, including most home runs (18). The offered bat is Mantle’s Hillerich & Bradsby signature model P104 (stamped on knob) used by the slugger to belt his titanic home runs near the end of his career. Factory records pinpoint the bats period of service to 1966. Measuring 35" at a weight of 31.8 oz., it features distinctive characteristics tantamount to a thumbprint for known Mantle gamers from this era. This includes the perfect placement of pine tar, a fading #7 on the knob, deeply embedded ball stitch marks all over the barrel, and tremendous overall usage wear. Among the glowing assessment of the bat in the accompanying LOA provided by MEARS, it is described as having “The finest amount of game use possible on a Mickey Mantle bat”. In spite of the glorious evidence of use, the bat remains uncracked. PSA/DNA authenticators documented their equal praise, referring to this as “Without question, one of the finest Mantle bats I have ever seen”. Every physical attribute measures to the highest standards used to assess the quality of game used bats, making this one of the premier Mantle gamers to surface in the marketplace. LOA from MEARS (Grade A9.5) and PSA/DNA.

  • USAUSA
  • 2005-12-10
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MOEBIUS Jean Giraud dit (1938-2012) LA DÉVIATION

MOEBIUS Jean Giraud dit (1938-2012) LA DÉVIATION Encre de Chine pour la planche 7 de fin de l'histoire « La Déviation », publiée initialement dans l'album « Gir » en 1974 aux éditions Futuropolis dans la collection 30 x 40. Publiée ensuite dans l'album « La déviation » en 1980 aux éditions Les Humanoïdes Associés, en 1985 dans l'album « Les Yeux du Chat - La Déviation » puis dans l'album « Arzach » en 1991 dans la collection Pied Jaloux. Histoire prépubliée dans la revue « Pilote » datée du 29 novembre 1973. 50 x 39 cm. Encadrée. Pièce de musée, une des histoires les plus novatrices de cette période, une véritable rupture pour le journal Pilote, annonçant notamment la création de Métal Hurlant. Jean Giraud se représente dans la première case. « Un jour pourtant, je me suis décidé, j'ai lâché la bride à mon inspiration, au bout il y avait « La Déviation ». À l'époque, je passais régulièrement mes vacances dans l'île de Ré. C'est une île très plate, alors par un des procédés classiques de l'humour qui consiste à inverser les valeurs, j'en ai fait un endroit dantesque. Inconsciemment, le thème s'est imposé, les images se succédant et s'organisant l'une par rapport à l'autre. L'histoire est simple. Il s'agit de gens apparemment normaux qui partent en vacances et, brusquement, s'engagent sur une déviation... Dans tous les sens du terme, et là, les ennuis commencent. C'est une parabole limpide : si vous suivez les chemins balisés de la société, tout va bien, mais si vous vous en écartez pour emprunter un chemin de traverse, une déviation, alors là, d'étranges aventures vous attendent et nul ne sait où elles pourront vous mener... » Moebius, 1991. Estimation 8 000 - 12 000 € Sold for 41,683 €

  • FRAFrance
  • 2012-05-05
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Toys & Collectible Items

Both the young and the young at heart will delight in the toys and collectables at auction here. There is a wide variety of dolls, doll’s houses, toy cars, toy soldiers, robots and trains, representing the finest and most collectable makers. Vintage collectables such as film memorabilia can also be found in this section. Under this heading, we have also collected autographs of actors, artists, sportsmen, and politicians amongst other popular collectables.

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