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Lot 1314: Mixed Vintage Sports Memorabilia
What do a ball signed by Ted Williams, a 1953 Marilyn Monroe calendar pinup that's as good as nude, and a photo of a 1901 golf tournament from St. Andrews all have in common? They are part of a treasure chest of memorabilia that spans interests and generations. Throw in a game-issue, cellophane-wrapped bat signed by Bernie Williams and a gracefully aged program for a 1912 track meet that doubles as a preview of the major league baseball season, and you'll get dizzy trying to figure out where these valuables should go in your souvenir case. An original Castle album of Abbott & Costello's "Who's on First?" is cracked but can still crack you up. A 1939 photo of Babe Ruth getting turned around in a batting contest has the Sultan of Swat looking goofy but the untorn 8-by-10 is in darn good shape. A 1922 postcard of Jim Thorpe is ripped at only the pale sky, but a magazine's 1949 color sketch of him with hair rustling in the wind is a flawless rendering that balances the romance and reality of an aging legend. The article by Al Stump isn't bad either. Go back to when you could buy a buckskin fielder's glove for $3.50, in a wonderfully preserved 1912 color catalog for Reach sporting goods. And finally, a silver cup mounted on a tripod of bats reads: "Champions 1923 Tri Boro League Presented By Honus Wagner." Our belated congratulations.
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