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1940s Baseball Comic Figural Collection (18)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,392.00
Baseball has always been a prime subject for comic figural pieces. Highlighting this collection are five original 1940s Rittgers figures (two batters, pitcher, umpire, and rare catcher) as well as an interesting wood display consisting of an a umpire, a pitcher, and a catcher. The wooden display is actually a novelty bar fixture, as each of the heads is removable and serves, respectively, as a corkscrew, a bottle opener, and a cork stopper. Though reminiscent in style to the Rittgers figures, we believe the production of this barroom novelty has no formal connection to Rittgers. The remaining pieces, most of which are composed of porcelain or plaster, include twelve Rittgers "knockoffs" (similar to Rittgers figures but produced by Rittgers competitors): three of the umpire and one each of the pitcher and batter, three additional batting figures (one is missing its detachable bat), two more pitching figures, and perhaps most interesting: two extremely large and unusual Rittgers-inspired companion figures (one batter, one pitcher), each of which stands approximately nineteen inches tall. The giant figures are hollow and stand on wooden bases, with metal rods which are designed to go into the pieces from beneath providing balance and support. We have never seen these large figures before (or, really, anything quite like them). Judging from their size and quality, it is possible that these were store display pieces of some kind. The sizes of the smaller figures range from three to approximately eight inches in height, with the majority averaging about seven inches tall. Of the five traditional Rittgers pieces, the umpire displays a slight chip on one foot, and one of the batting figures has had a chip and a few small cracks repaired at the base of one foot. Otherwise, all of the Rittgers pieces are in Ex-Mt condition. The gigantic comical figure with bat has a tear in his left shoulder, but his arm is firmly intact, and this does not significantly detract from its display value. The remaining pieces display a few minor condition flaws but are still Ex in overall appearance. Total: 18 pieces. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,392.00
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