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(14) 1924 Letters to Fiancé Freeda Kirkpatrick Handwritten By Jim Thorpe While Playing For Lawrence Mass. Baseball Team

(14) 1924 Letters to Fiancé Freeda Kirkpatrick Handwritten By Jim Thorpe While Playing For Lawrence Mass. Baseball Team, In the summer of 1924, Jim Thorpe separated from his first wife Iva and began courting Freeda Kirkpatrick from La Rue, Ohio, a young office worker employed by the Oorang Indians football squad. These 14 letters, dating from July 1 through mid August 1924, contain much previously unknown information about Thorpe's challenging and at times lonely life on the road playing semi-professional baseball in the Boston's Twilight League with the Lawrence Massachusetts Baseball Club. All of the letters were handwritten by Thorpe to Freeda. Each contains personal romantic references to their fledgling relationship, which would flower into marriage the following year. Thorpe details Lawrence's mid summer pennant run and his own success, including a batting average well over .400. Thorpe also speaks of his desire, at age 37, to continue to play professional football for the Oorang Indians. The letters range from 2 to 7 pages in length and include original Thorpe hand addressed envelopes. Many are signed "Your Lonesome Injun," "Happy Injun," "Blue Injun,"  "Little Boy." The contents of these letters, as well as those in the succeeding lot, will be featured in the upcoming book on Jim Thorpe, authored by Kate Buford, titled "Thorpe", to be published by Alfred A. Knopf in early 2008. LOA from Thorpe family to accompany this lot. Additional LOAs from PSA/DNA and JSA.

  • USAUSA
  • 2007-06-05
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Mickey Mantle 1958-1960 Adirondack Game Used “Waffle Bat” From Collection of Umpire Ed Hurley

Mickey Mantle 1958-1960 Adirondack Game Used “Waffle Bat” From Collection of Umpire Ed Hurley, Originating directly from the personal collection of former American League umpire Ed Hurley, this Mickey Mantle game-used bat is one of the most unique Mantle gamers in existence. The bat itself, a 1958-1960 white-letter Adirondack model 206A, is special in a number of ways. The first important facet of this piece is the block-letter barrel stamping, which reads "Mickey Mantle." That particular stamping, featuring Mantle's full name, is the rarest of the three different Mantle barrel stampings used by Adirondack during that era, the other two being simply "Mantle" or "Mantle Style." The second and most important aspect of its unique nature is the fact that Mantle himself physically altered the bat. When the barrel is rotated, one can easily observe hundreds of tiny perforations (resembling the dimples on a golf ball) upon both the left and right-handed hitting surfaces. It was the presence of those perfora­tions that led umpire Ed Hurley to confiscate the bat from Mantle during a game. The full history of the bat is best left to Hurley, who, in his accompanying letter, writes: "I, Ed Hurley, was a Major League baseball umpire in the American League from 1947 until 1965. It was during the 1958 season that I confiscated this 'Mickey' Mantle white letter Adirondack bat, model 206A, that was being used by Mantle. While at bat, I noticed the Mick's bat revealed pock marking, forming a grid of perforations on the barrel in an area thick enough to cover both sides of the sweet spot for a switch hitter. Apparently Mantle believed the waffle-iron effect would provide more traction and harder contact. I had no choice but to remove it from the game because this practice is against the rules of baseball. Evidently Mantle was able to sneak the bat into previous games, as there is clear evidence of game use. I obtained the bat at that time and it has been in my possession ever since." As Hurley mentions, the bat displays evidence of light use, including ball marks. The lack of heavy use, of course, is due only to the fact that Hurley took the bat away from Mantle, and it makes one wonder just how many times Mantle was able to use this bat before it was eventually confiscated. In addition to its story and provenance, this bat is also ranks among the most visually appealing of all Mantle pro model bats. White letter Adirondack bats have long been highly prized by collectors for their aesthetic quality. This example features well-defined manufacturer's stampings throughout. The bat is not cracked and remains in virtually the same state as when Mantle handed it over to Hurley nearly fifty years ago. This is one of the finest and most unusual Mantle bats ever to surface and one that also makes for a spectacular conversation piece. Length: 35". Weight: 32 oz. LOA from MEARS (A10).

  • USAUSA
  • 2007-06-05
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NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Signed Lithograph

NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Signed Lithograph, In conjunction with the NBA’s 50th Anniversary in 1996, the NBA named its 50 all-time greatest players. Remarkably, 49 of the 50 players selected were alive and present when they were honored as a part of the 1996-97 All-Star festivities. The celebration included the singing and subsequent unveiling of a series of these 25” by 39” lithographs. Printed on the highest quality acid-free paper, each piece bears the image of all of the 50 greatest players as selected by the NBA itself. The edition was limited to 250 individually numbered pieces worldwide with 50 going directly to the players. Just 200 signed lithos were offered to the public. And, after many were secured by league officials, an eager collecting community was left with an incredibly short supply. The lithograph features basketball’s early pioneers such as Mikan, Cousy, Arizin and Schayes, who transformed the fledging league from what was once considered little more than a traveling tent show, laying a foundation for the worldwide stage that is today’s NBA. All of the greatest players that followed on their path are also represented such as Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Shaquille O’Neal, etc. This example is numbered 84 of 100 from the “NBA Edition.” The NBA’s 50 Greatest Lithograph is easily the most comprehensive lithograph ever created in any sport. Accompanied by a leather bound certificate from the NBA signed by David Stern. Additional LOAs from PSA/DNA and JSA. Framed.

  • USAUSA
  • 2007-06-05
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A fine exhibition standard model of a 7 'bc inch gauge Great Western 61xx C...

A fine exhibition standard model of a 7 'bc inch gauge Great Western 61xx Class Large Priarie side tank 2-6-2 locomotive No 6110, this model is built according to the engine No 6110 when it came out of Swindon works, from original drawings and built by Mr Harry Powell of Crewe, fitted with a copper superheated boiler and Belpaire firebox, safety valve, regulator, sight glass, pressure gauge, draincocks, lever and quadrant-operated reverse gear, hand brake, lever operated firebox doors,simulated plank floor, rivetwork, tool boxes, whistle and injector valves. Chassis fittings include twin outside cylinders with Stephenson link gear and piston valves, fluted motion, lubricators, injector, steam brakes, full rivet detailing, lamp, lamp-irons, steps and handrails. Front and rear vacuum hoses. The model finished in Great Western green and black livery with polished brightwork. Length 62" Cab Width 12 'bd" The 61xx Class of G W R Praire locomoitive built between 1931 and 1935. Comprising the engine No.6100 to 6169. The engine No.6110 was built at Swindon in 1931.The boiler pressure of this series was 225lbs against 200 lbs in the previous series.Later those locomotives where fitted with sliding shutters on the cab sides and No 6110 was actually the first to be equipped. Prairie Tanks were the mainstay of the GWR Branch line traffic and medium freight work being withdrawn from service by 1961. Only one of the 61xx series has survived into preservation, but several Large Priarie's have survived.

  • GBRUnited Kingdom
  • 2012-04-25
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THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, 1977

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, 1977 1977 LOTUS ESPRIT S1 SUBMARINE SHELL A FULL-SIZE EXHIBITION DISPLAY PROP REGISTRATION NO. PPW 306R WHITE ON DISPLAY FRAME LOWER, WIDER EVEN THAT ITS LOTUS PREDECESSORS, THE WEDGE-SHAPED ESPRIT S1 OF 1976 WAS SENSATIONALLY STYLED BY GUILIO GIUGIARO. ITS 160 BHP ENGINE PROPELLED IT TO CLOSE TO 130 MPH. A RIGID BACKBONE SUSPENSION CHASSIS AND WELL DESIGNED ALL INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION PROVIDED SUPERLATIVE ROADHOLDING AND STEERING -- THE MOST SIGNIFICANT FEATURE OF THE LOTUS ESPRIT S1 FEATURED IN THE 1977 UNITED ARTISTS/EON FILM THE SPY WHO LOVED ME WAS THAT IT "CONVERTED INTO A SUBMARINE". IN THE FILM, Q'S MODIFICATIONS MEANT THAT THE LOTUS HAD THE OPTIONAL EXTRAS OF FOUR WATER PROPELLERS, RETRACTING ROAD WHEELS, HYDROVANES, AND IMPRESSIVE OFFENSIVE ARMAMENT, A PERISCOPE AND ALL THAT WAS NECESSARY FOR SURVIVAL BENEATH THE SEA'S SURFACE. THE CONVINCING UNDERWATER SEQUENCES IN THE FILM WERE LARGELY FILMED IN TIGHTLY CONTROLLED CONDITIONS IN A HUGE STUDIO WATER TANK. LOTUS HAVE CONFIRMED THAT THIS CAR OR SHELL WAS ONE OF TWO COMPLETE CARS AND TWO 'KITS' PLUS EXTRA BODYSHELLS, USED IN THE FILM. THE PRESENT OWNER PURCHASED THIS LOTUS SHELL IN 1988 AND DECIDED TO PREPARE IT AS IT HAD BEEN USED IN THE FILM, IN THE UNDERWATER SEQUENCE. LOTUS SUPPLIED PHOTOGRAPHS AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION ON HOW THE CAR WAS PREPARED FOR FILMING, AND THE VENDOR DULY RETURNED IT TO THE SPECIFICATION IN WHICH IT APPEARED IN THE FILM. WHILE THIS REMARKABLE CAR 'PROP' DOES NOT HAVE AN ENGINE OR RUNNING GEAR IT REMAINS A RARE AND EYE-CATCHING EXHIBIT; IT IS ACCOMPANIED BY CORRESPONDING STILLS AND COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS OF CAROLINE MUNRO [NAOMI]

  • GBRUnited Kingdom
  • 1998-09-17
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JOHN LENNON HANDWRITTEN LETTER

JOHN LENNON HANDWRITTEN LETTER 1971 A scathing one page letter handwritten by John Lennon to an unnamed art critic at 'The Syracuse Post-Standard' in 1971. Penned in black felt-tip ink on Hotel Syracuse stationery, the manuscript reads in full: Dear whoever wrote that Hokum about ART,/I'd forgotten about people like you!/Well well - you still exist, of course, in other small/towns across the world./I was wondering - what on earth has what the husband of the artist said, four/or five years ago, got to do with the current/'This is not here' show at Everson Museum by Yoko Ono?/-brought here by a man this town should be proud/of - Jim Harithas - i [sic] mean did people really/discuss Picasso's - wifes - [sic] gossip. I'd also like to/know since when this nameless ghost at the Post -/Standard represented the so called art world? Yoko and i/ [sic] are pretty close to a few artists, (we are artists!)/and as artists, we can tell you that the/'art world' is not in the 19th century, and one/thing artists down the centuries have/been up against is bourgois [sic] mealy mouthed/gossip from the 'grey people' (or Blue Meanies!)/Society only likes dead artists. i'm [sic] afraid Yoko/and myself cannot oblige. I love anyway/John & Yoko/P.S. Why don't you come and see the art - i'm [sic] sure the/man you think i [sic] insulted would turn the other cheek and come./P.P.S. You forgot to mention the other man from the former group/(George Harrison) who is/was a highly religious - fervent disciple/of Christ? Hare Krishna et.al. 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

  • USAUSA
  • 2003-07-25
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JOHN LENNON HANDWRITTEN LYRICS TO BEATLES' SONG 'IF YOU'VE GOT TROUBLE'

JOHN LENNON HANDWRITTEN LYRICS TO BEATLES' SONG 'IF YOU'VE GOT TROUBLE' 1964 A piece of paper with John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to the Beatles' song 'If You've Got Trouble.' Penned in blue ballpoint ink on the verso of printed sheet music for the Bob Dylan song, 'Down the Highway,' the manuscript reads in full: 1) If you got trouble then you got less trouble than me. You say you're worried you can't be as worried as [sic] You're quite content to be bad With all the advantage you've had over me Just cause you're troubled then don't bring your/troubles to me. 2) Don't think its [sic] funny when you ask for money & things Especially when you're standing there wearing diamonds and rings You think I'm soft in the head. Well try someone softer instead pretty thing. Its [sic] not so funny when you know what money/can bring. You better leave me alone I don't need a thing from you You better take yourself home Go and count a ring or two. Composed sometime in 1964, Lennon planned for this particular song to be the one Ringo would sing for the 1965 album and movie, "Help." It was recorded by the drummer, in one take only, on February 18, 1965 at Abbey Road Studios, but was later eliminated by Lennon and McCartney. The song did not appear on any Beatles album until 1996 when 'The Beatles Anthology 2' was released. (It's track five.) Interestingly, this page of handwritten lyrics indicates the song was John's brainchild, and based on its somewhat sardonic tone, it makes sense. 13 x 9 1/2 inches Please note this page has been folded numerous times, is somewhat stained and has a small tear on the left-side margin, though the handwriting is not affected.

  • USAUSA
  • 2003-07-25
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1927 world champion new york yankees signed baseball

Mention the phrase "1927 Yankees" and almost immediately the next words are "greatest team of all time." Winning a gaudy 110 games, the Yanks outpaced the second place powerhouse A's by 19 games and swept the Pirates in the World Series, 4-0. While Babe Ruth slammed a record sixty homers, there were other star Bombers making up "Murderers' Row". Ruth's outfield partners, Earle Combs in center and Bob Meusel in left, hit .356 and .337 respectively. Lou Gehrig had his first big season, batting .373 with forty-seven homers and a league leading one-hundred seventy-five RBIs. Second year man Tony Lazzeri ranked third in the AL behind Ruth and Gehrig with eighteen homers. Plus, in the new slugging era, the pitching staff boasted an ERA of 3.20. Four men won eighteen or more games, led by Hall of Famers Waite Hoyt at 22-7 and Herb Pennock  at 19-8. Wilcy Moore gained nineteen victories, primarily in relief, and led the league with a 2.28 mark. This lethal trio complemented the dominant offense by claiming the league's three best ERAs. This Reach OAL (Johnson) ball has been signed by 23 members from the 1927 World Champion New York Yankees. Signatures include "Babe" Ruth on the sweet spot, Ben Paschal, Bennie Bengough, Julie Wera, Cedric Durst, Lou Gehrig, Bob Shawkey, Urban Shocker, Earle Combs, Dutch Ruether, Tony Lazzeri, Chas O' Leary, George M. Pipgras, Arthur Fletcher, manager MJ Huggins, Waite C Hoyt, Bob Meusel, Myles Thomas, H.J. Pennock, Mark Koenig, John Grabowski and Pat Collins, plus reserve infielder Ray Morehart, who only played the 1927 season for the Yanks. The ball is shellacked and well toned. LOA: PSA/DNA.

  • USAUSA
  • 2005-06-10
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Ty cobb single signed baseball psa graded mint 9 with related handwritten

Ty Cobb proved that a player need not be loved to be a baseball star. He could be cordially hated by thousands of fans who crowd the stands to watch and heckle, by teammates who seethe with resentment, and by opponents who are plainly afraid. But, to pull it off, one has to be very good, and “The Georgia Peach” certainly was so good that he seemed possessed by the furies as he rounded the bases, so good that he closed the record books forever in a number of categories, so good that a fascinated world recognized him for a genius, one of the two greatest baseball players ever. Fans will always dispute whether Babe Ruth or Cobb deserves the ultimate accolade. But it’s a comparison of apples and peaches. Each mastered a completely different era, those distinguished by “long balls” and “dead balls”. However, in the category of “single signed balls”, Ruth is the clear victor, with the supply of high-grade Cobbs seeming to pale when compared to those of the Bambino. This is the ultimate condition example of a Cobb single, enhanced by the addition of provenance documented in Cobb’s own hand. The brand new ball was sent to Cobb in the late 1950’s along with a written request for his signature, by a young fan. Prior to the ball’s return, the youngster received the accompanying postcard from Cobb, indicating his intention to sign it but, demanding that the boy remit funds to cover the return postage. It reads,    “I feel honored to comply with any request for my autograph- but I draw the line at financing the return, which is strictly your expense. I have so many of such derelictions – I have to draw the line – Ty Cobb”   The boy complied and his ball was subsequently returned. It appears today, just as it was when it was when it received in 1957. Dominating the side panel of the clean, unused OAL (Harridge) ball (PSA graded 7/10), Cobb’s oversized signature and date notation “1/25/57” appear in blue ink (PSA graded 10/10). PSA’s overall third party condition assessment of Mint 9 marks the only such designation that firm has ever afforded a single signed Cobb ball. With the extraordinary accompanying provenance provided by Cobb himself, this is the premier example known. LOAs from JSA and PSA/DNA (Grade 9 Mint)

  • USAUSA
  • 2005-12-10
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HERGÉ Georges Remi dit (1907?1983) TINTIN - VOL 714 POUR SYDNEY

HERGÉ Georges Remi dit (1907?1983) TINTIN - VOL 714 POUR SYDNEY CRAYONNÉS ET ENSEMBLE DE DOCUMENTS - Mine de plomb pour le crayonné des deux derniers strips de la planche 17 de cet album, 22ème album de la série, publié en 1968 aux éditions Casterman. 20 x 33 cm. Sont présents sur cette planche Spalding et les 2 pilotes Hans Boehm et Colombani, ainsi que le célèbre Carreidas 160. Au verso, crayonné abouti pour les attitudes des personnages représentés dans l'avant dernière case de ce crayonné. - Le crayonné préparatoire (storyboard) de la planche 17 de cet album, à la mine de plomb sur papier vert. Célèbre passage d'atterrissage en catastrophe du Carreidas 160, finissant sa course dans les filets de bout de piste. Hergé allongera ce passage important qui courra également sur les 2 premiers strips de la page 18 de l'album. Au verso, crayonné pour les cases montrant les trains d'atterrissage sortant, touchant la piste et explosant. 27 x 21 cm. - Synopsis pour les pages 22 à 25 de cet album, à l'encre brune, bleue et rouge, sur papier vert des studios Hergé. Hergé nous y dévoile ses interrogations et questionnements afin que le scénario soit le plus crédible et complexe possible. Célèbre passage au cours duquel Carreidas est interrogé et soumis au sérum de vérité tandis que Tintin et ses amis sont enfermés dans un bunker. - La mise en couleur (bleu de coloriage) à la gouache sur carton de la planche 17 de cet album. 26,7 x 19,2 cm. - La planche 17 de cet album, publiée dans le journal Tintin, avec indications de couleur dans la marge gauche. - Le fac-similé de la planche encrée de cet album. 45 x 32 cm. On y joint un second fac-similé pour la planche 22 du même album. Même format. - Le bleu de coloriage vierge de la planche 4 de cet album. 28,7 x 22,5 cm. - Le lettrage à l'encre de Chine sur fond imprimé en gris pour la publication dans le journal Tintin en néerlandais de la planche 62 de fin de l'album «Les bijoux de la Castafiore». 27,7 x 21,3 cm. On y joint une lettre sur papier à en-tête des studios Hergé, datant du 26 octobre 1974, signée par Hergé, relative à l'envoi de l'ensemble de ces documents et crayonnés. Signée Hergé à l'encre bleue. Enveloppes des studios Hergé. Rarissime ensemble montrant toutes les étapes de réalisation d'une planche, un ensemble très proche de l'ouvrage de Philippe Goddin «Comment naît une bande dessinée», expliquant ce même process de réalisation pour le même album. Estimation 10 000 - 15 000 € Sold for 34,104 €

  • FRAFrance
  • 2012-11-23
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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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