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1910 to 1940 Baseball Memorabilia Collection (10)
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $696.00
This collection of unusual and rare baseball memorabilia souvenirs is comprised of: five World Series mini bats (highlighted by a 1914 "whistle" bat), a 1913 World Series ticket stub, a circa 1910 Christy Mathewson writing tablet, a Joe DiMaggio Stanhope pencil, and a mini catcher's mitt and ball issued as keepsakes to attendees of a dinner held in honor of former National League president John Tener. 1-5) Five World Series Souvenir Mini Bats. The most interesting item in this grouping is a rare "whistle" bat issued in celebration of the 1914 World Series. The souvenir bat is twelve inches in length, stamped "World Series 1914" on the barrel, and was probably a very popular souvenir at the time as the top half of the bat is actually a whistle. It is not known at which stadium this unique souvenir originates from (either Shibe or Fenway Park, or perhaps both); however, it remains an interesting and extremely rare memento commemorating the "Miracle Braves" 1914 World Championship. The bat is in Very Good condition and bears remnants of a red/white/blue ribbon tied along the handle. The remaining World Series mini bats each measure between sixteen and eighteen inches in length: 1930 (A's vs. Cardinals, Vg); 1932 (Cubs vs. Yankees, Vg-Ex); 1937 (Yankees vs. Giants, Gd-Vg); and 1946 (Red Sox vs. Cardinals, Vg with chip in knob). 6) Circa 1940 Joe DiMaggio Stanhope Pencil. Equal in both scarcity and novelty to the 1914 whistle bat, this wooden Stanhope pencil (5.75 inches), which is designed in the shape of a baseball bat, features a small aperture at the end that, when held to the light, reveals a color photo of Joe DiMaggio in uniform. Joe DiMaggio's facsimile signature is stamped along the barrel and the pencil is designed to hold a supply of lead. Ex-Mt. 7) Circa 1910 Christy Mathewson Writing Tablet. The tablet features a colorful illustrated cover picturing both Christy Mathewson (though the illustration is generic, Mathewson's name is printed under the image) and a game-in-progress scene at the Polo Grounds. The tablet (6 x 9 inches) has sixty-two lined sheets and is in Very Good to Excellent condition. 8) 1913 World Series Ticket Stub.Ticket stub to Game 3 held at the Polo Grounds on October 9th. The ticket is stamped "Game 2" (indicating the second game of the series at the Polo Grounds) and has some tears and creases. Fair condition. 9-10) Souvenir Mini Catcher's Mitt and Baseball From a 1912 Testimonial Dinner for John Tener. The small leather catcher's mitt (4.25 x 4.5 x 1 inches) was produced by Reach and is stamped "John K. Tener Testimonial Dinner February 19, 1912 by the Philadelphia Sporting Writers Association" along the top of the pocket. John Tener was a former pitcher for Cap Anson's Chicago White Stockings and traveled around the world with the club on Spalding's 1888/89 World Tour. He later served in Congress and was elected Governor of Pennsylvania. He also served as National League President from 1914 through 1918. Accompanying the glove is a mini baseball (circumference: six inches) that was originally acquired with the piece. The glove is in Excellent condition; the ball is scuffed and soiled. Total: 10 items (five mini bats, a pencil,a ticket stub, a writing tablet, a mini glove, and a mini ball). Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $696.00
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