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Lot # 1673 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot |

1975 First "Ft. Washington-Willow Grove" Baseball Card Show Sign and Program (Proceeds to Charity)

Starting Bid - $250.00 , Sold For - $1,057.50

All of the proceeds from this lot including the buyer's premium will be donated to charity. Presented is one of the two surviving original signs that were produced for use at the first "Willow Grove Show" (which for the first few years was actually held at Spring Garden College in Chestnut Hill, Pa.) and the convention program from that historic event. These items were saved by REA president Robert Lifson, who attended the show, had one of the few tables, and prepared a special display of nineteenth-century baseball memorabilia at the show entrance to expose collectors and the public to early material. This sign, and the other one just like it, were saved as keepsakes by Lifson.

"I knew it was an important show. I'm not sure I knew how important, but it was clear that show promoters Bob Schmeirer, Ted Taylor, and the collectors attending were making history. It was a big deal to us. It was an exciting time. Being a saver of just about everything, and appreciating being part of the event, and naturally wanting to preserve history, I kept the signs instead of letting them get thrown away when I was dissembling my nineteenth-century display after the show ended. Because I put on the display, I was really the last to leave. I've always had a sense of history, even when I was a kid. I had no idea at the time that the show would grow to such great importance in collecting history, or that the baseball collecting field would continue to grow so much in popularity, but when I was leaving I looked at these signs and I thought that it was important for someone to save them. About five or six years ago, I went to the Fort Washington show and presented the other sign to Bob Schmeirer. Boy, was he surprised, and I can't blame him. Who saves an old convention sign? Let alone for decades. I'm not sure how many people would have happened to save the program either but of course these were distributed. There are a lot of great old names in this program, and some of these collectors are still around. I don't know what to do with these items. By auctioning them, we get to document and share their history with collectors that are interested, and preserve the history of the first Philadelphia convention, including every page of the program online, forever for collectors to enjoy. I see that one of the door prizes was a 1953 Whitey Lockman Stahl-Meyer Meats card donated by me. I don't remember the door prizes, or even being asked to contribute, but I have to laugh at my item. At the time I had just purchased about fifty Stahl-Meyer Meats cards, all of Whitey Lockman, all in Mint condition, from a single find direct from someone that worked at the printing plant. Even today, Lockman is more common than any of the other Stahl-Meyers in Mint condition. These are hard to find today, but in 1975, I really had too many. I still don't know how I was able to find a home for fifty-three Whitey Lockmans. It's funny for me to see that I was able to give one away as a door prize."

All of the proceeds from this lot including the buyer's premium will be donated to The Smile Train, a charity devoted to providing children with life-changing surgeries to correct easily-remedied birth defects, in many cases in as little as 45 minutes and at a cost of as little as $250, literally saving them from a lifetime of pain and suffering. For more information on The Smile Train, please visit www.SmileTrain.org or call 1-877-543-7645. Over the past seven years, this organization has been responsible for providing over 250,000 life-changing surgeries, dramatically changing and improving the lives of children less fortunate. It seems most fitting that the sale of items relating to baseball-card collecting, which was intended to bring joy to children, should play a role in contributing to the well being of children today. Whoever wins this lot, the one thing that is certain is that all of the proceeds will go toward making the lives of children in need brighter and healthier. To every bidder on this lot, whether you are the final winner or not, you are making an equally significant contribution. The winner of this lot will make the check (which is tax-deductible) payable directly to "The Smile Train." In addition, REA will make a matching donation. Reserve $250. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,057.50


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