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Ty cobb c. 1921-28 h&b game used bat

Ty Cobb broke into the majors in 1905 after being purchased from the minor leagues for $750. Manager Hugh Jennings made him a regular outfielder in 1907 and Cobb became the youngest player to win the batting title. It was the first of 12 including nine in a row, both still records. Three times in his career Cobb would bat over. 400. Intensely driven, many times he would swing three bats while waiting his turn on deck. Often berated for this supposed show of strength, Cobb never let on that once up the plate, the bat felt lighter, making his swing faster. Always one to gain any advantage on the opposition, Cobb’s compulsion to succeed on the diamond prompted one sportswriter to record his belief that he was “possessed by the furies”. Cobb’s .367 lifetime batting average, the best in history, is a mark that will likely never be approached. This c.1921-28 Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 34 3/4" long and weighs 41 ounces.  Deep manufaturer’s markings include Ty Cobb’s facsimile signature stamped on the barrel. Usage evidence and distinctive treatment characteristics commonly associated with other documented Cobb game used bats include its finely tapered handle/knob termination, cleat marks at the barrel end, and concentrated grain swelling from contact. Although often maligned as an individual, Ty Cobb remains one of the most revered batsmen the game has ever known. LOA from MEARS (Grade A7).

  • USAUSA
  • 2005-12-10
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TINTIN - N°17 ON A MARCHÉ SUR LA LUNE

TINTIN - N°17 ON A MARCHÉ SUR LA LUNE Casterman, 1954. Édition originale belge, dos rouge, 4ème plat B11. Album exceptionnellement enrichi d'un dessin dédicace de Hergé représentant Tintin et Milou en buste, accompagné d'un long texte de 9 lignes dans une bulle « Chère Catherine, Nous sommes tristes de ne pas t'avoir vue. Mais nous espérons te voir bientôt à Céroux-Mousty, où tu feras la connaissance de nos chats Zouzou et Émilie. Peut-être y en aura-t'il d'autres à ce moment / On t'embrasse / Tintin et Milou » et de la mention complémentaire sous la bulle « et nous aussi, nous t'embrassons... Georges et Germaine ». Album de plus enrichi des dédicaces de 6 astronautes dont Buzz Aldrin, ayant réellement mis le pied sur la Lune, à raison d'une dédicace d'un des astronautes de chacune des 6 expéditions qui ont atterri sur la Lune, ainsi que de la dédicace du pilote de l'expédition avortée Apollo 13 (les pilotes de cette expédition ayant été qualifiés à l'époque de « naufragés de l'espace »). - Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11, pilote du LEM, commandant et pilote de « Eagle », premier engin habité à atterrir sur la lune : « First moonwalker after Tintin » (Premier homme à avoir marché sur la Lune après Tintin). - Alan Bean : Apollo 12, pilote du LEM : « I might see footprints of Neil, and Buzz, but I am not sure about Tintin's ». (J'aurais pu découvrir les traces de pas de Neil et de Buzz, mais je ne suis pas certain du tout en ce qui concerne celles de Tintin). - Fred Haise : Apollo 13, pilote du LEM : « Like Tintin before me, we have had problems during our flight to the moon, but we came back safe » (Tout comme Tintin avant moi, nous avons eu de graves problèmes durant notre expédition vers la Lune, mais nous sommes également rentrés sains et saufs). - Edgar Michell : Apollo 14, commandant : « Longest walk on the moon » (J'ai fait la plus longue promenade sur la Lune). - Dave Scott : Apollo 15, pilote du LEM : « First man to drive on the moon » (Premier homme à avoir conduit un engin sur la Lune). - Charlie Duke : Apollo 16, pilote du LEM : « The youngest man to explore the moon - after Tintin » (le plus jeune homme à avoir exploré la Lune, après Tintin). - Gene Cernan : Apollo 17, pilote du LEM : « I am not sure Tintin was the first moonwalker, but I am sure to be the latest on « up to now » (Je ne suis pas sûr que Tintin ait été le premier homme à avoir marché sur la Lune, mais je suis certain d'être le dernier « jusqu'à présent »). Album enrichi également des photographies originales représentant les astronautes en train de dédicacer cet ouvrage, fournissant le meilleur gage d'authenticité à cette pièce de musée. Document exceptionnel et rarissime, tant d'un point de vue historique que pour tout Tintinophile avertit. Estimation 15 000 - 25 000 € Sold for 36,557 €

  • FRAFrance
  • 2013-06-07
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THE WIZARD OF OZ, 1939

THE WIZARD OF OZ, 1939 A horse drawn carriage used in the classic fairy tale starring Judy Garland. The Barouche, Civil War era, circa 1865-1870 carriage is constructed of hand forged iron work, the body of American hardwoods. The comfortable riding carriage feature's C-Springs, suspended with leather; designed with a front driver's seat, interior vis-a-vis seating arrangment, black retractable soft top. The two large rear and two smaller front wheels are American mail hubbed. Accompanied by a pole, shafts and swingle trees. The carriage is first seen as the doors to The Emerald City open for "Dorothy" and "Toto", "The Scarecrow", "The Tin Man" and "The Cowardly Lion." The carriage is driven by Frank Morgan (who played the cabbie, the doorman to the city, "The Wizard" and others) and pulled by "The Horse Of A Different Color; "Dorothy" and friends ask to be taken to finally see "The Wizard" after their long journey; but first, they stop in at The Wash & Brush Up Co. HA-HA-HA HO-HO-HO AND A COUPLE OF TRA-LA-LA'S THAT'S HOW WE LAUGH THE DAY AWAY IN THE MERRY OLD LAND OF OZ BOOS-BOOS-BOOS CHIRP-CHIRP-CHIRP AND A COUPLE OF LA-DE-DA'S THAT'S HOW THE CRICKETS CRICK ALL DAY IN THE MERRY OLD LAND OF OZ WE GET UP AT TWELVE AND START TO WORK AT ONE TAKE AN HOUR FOR LUNCH AND THEN AT TWO WE'RE DONE JOLLY GOOD FUN! HA-HA-HA HO-HO-HO AND A COUPLE OF TRA-LA-LA'S THAT'S HOW WE LAUGH THE DAY AWAY IN THE MERRY OLD LAND OF OZ

  • USAUSA
  • 1995-06-28
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Joe Frazier's Fight Worn Robe the "Thrilla In Manilla" October 1, 1975 Ali-Frazier Fight

Joe Frazier's Fight Worn Robe the "Thrilla In Manilla" October 1, 1975 Ali-Frazier Fight, In 1999, Frazier and Ali's third bout, nicknamed the "Thrilla in Manilla" was ranked by ESPN as number 5 on their list of greatest fights of all time. In 1974, Ali won the second fight in a 12-round unanimous decision that didn't win the belt for either. In 1975, the aging two heavyweights, now in their early 30's, traveled a third world away to fight in Quezon City in the Phillippines. Once again Ali taunted Frazier, calling him The Gorilla. In an interview with Howard Cosell, Ali , "It'll be a chilla, and a killa, and a thrilla, when I get the gorilla in Manila."  Frazier felt betrayed as he supported Ali, both financially and morally, during Ali's suspension from boxing. The rivalry grew as Frazier fumed and trained while Ali cavorted with mistress Veronica Porche. While 25,000 watched, Frazier entered the ring on October 1, 1975 wearing this blue cotton robe, studded "Joe Frazier" on the back. As in the first two fights, at the first bell the action was furious as Ali walked flat footed to the center of the ring and unleashed a flurry of combinations on Frazier. Dazed but undaunted, Frazier moved forward, punishing Ali's body at close range while taking Ali's undeterred pummeling. Despite the debilitating heat, Frazier dominated the middle rounds with his powerful attack. At the beginning of the seventh round, Ali reportedly whispered in Frazier's ear, "Joe, they told me you was all washed up." Frazier growled back, "They lied." Ali's lack of training seemed to wilt him. However, in the later rounds Frazier began tire. Ali danced more while, unleashing a series of quick combinations. By the end of the 11th round, Frazier's eyes were swelled to slits. Frazier could no longer see Ali's right hand as Ali hit him over and over unmercifully. In Round 13, Ali landed pounded Frazier so severely that his mouth guard flew into the crowd. The beating was even worse in Round 14, so much so that Frazier's trainer, Eddie Futch, decided to stop the fight before the 15th. Frazier shouted "I want him boss," but Futch replied, "It's all over. No one will forget what you did here today", and signaled to the referee to end the bout. After it was announced that Ali won by a TKO, he fainted on the canvas. Ali later claimed that this was the closest to dying he has ever been, and also announced, "Joe Frazier is the greatest fighter in the world, next to me." No fight ever since has elicited the same level of passion and electricity. Condition: Frazier's robe is in excellent overall condition, with minor wear from use. Included is an LOA from Joe Frazier attesting that this is the robe that he wore at Ali-Frazier III, aka the "Thrilla In Manilla," on October 1, 1975.

  • USAUSA
  • 2008-04-24
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(14) 1925/1926 Handwritten Letters Sent to Wife Freeda By Jim Thorpe While Playing Football For Tampa Cardinals

(14) 1925/1926 Handwritten Letters Sent to Wife Freeda By Jim Thorpe While Playing Football For Tampa Cardinals (v. Red Grange), In 1925 and 1926, Jim Thorpe, now married to Freeda (they wed on October 23, 1925), continued to cobble together a living in an effort to support his new family doing what he did best, playing his game of choice, professional football. The letters date from December 21, 1925, just two months after their nuptials, and continue into early January of the next year. Thorpe wrote to his new bride during the time period in which played football for the Tampa Cardinals. As the team's main draw, Thorpe would take on and play against Red Grange, theonly recorded battle between two legendary football pioneers. At that time, the NFL still in its infancy, had not caught on with the public. In an effort to help give the league credence, in the winter of 1925 Grange led his Chicago Bears team on a special tour whose mission was to put pro football fans in the stands. By Christmas  there was much anticipation in what was billed as a key New Year's Day  match up between Thorpe, recognized universally as "greatest football player who ever lived", and Grange, football's newest sensation. The fourteen letters, all hand addressed by Thorpe to "Mrs. James Thorpe," show a weary life on the road for the clearly tiring 38 year old athlete. Each letter, from two to seven pages in length, details his longing for the new Mrs. Thorpe. They also include significant references to his new football squad as well as the anticipated contest against Grange (just after Christmas he wrote Freeda that "I expect to beat Red Grange and his football outfit…on New Years night," writing the night before the contest Thorpe complained of "muscle soreness from hard work getting into shape so Red Grange will have the time of his young life..."). Thorpe enclosed a local newspaper article in one letter that trumpeted the game, which 7000 fans attended. They witnessed Grange's team beating Thorpe's squad 17 to 3 with Grange himself racing 70 yards for the games biggest play. Thorpe comments about his life on the road with his roommate, football star Pete Calac and Thorpe's own business plans as his athletic career was winding down. He also makes several references to Ralph Hay, the automobile dealer from Canton who is credited with assembling the meeting in his own shop to organize what became the NFL. All of the letters, except for one, include a Thorpe hand written addressed stamped envelope. LOA from Thorpe family to accompany this lot.

  • USAUSA
  • 2007-06-05
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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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